Jerry Blackwelder

More than 900,000 guests visited Fort Fisher at Kure Beach last year, making it North Carolina’s most visited historic venue.

Attendance figures released by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources showed 926,064 visited the site of the decisive battle that sealed the fate of the Confederacy in the Civil War. Called the “Gibraltar of the South,” Fort Fisher kept Confederate supply lines open until its fall to Union forces on January 15, 1865.

The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh was the second most visited site with 470,222 guests.

Rounding out the top five were Tryon Palace, New Bern, 229,368; Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington, 207,540; and the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, 150,691.

Spencer’s NC Transportation Museum ranked sixth in the survey with 145,103 visitors followed by 7) State Capitol, Raleigh, 107,611; 8) Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, 94,484; 9) Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, 79,889 and 10) Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras, 68,455.

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