Rep. Davis pushes house bill to improve Fort Fisher State Historic Site

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Fort Fisher State Historic Site is a popular learning site in Kure Beach. (Photo: WWAY)

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Last year, Fort Fisher State Historic Site attracted over 900,000 visitors. Representative Ted Davis is pushing a house bill to improve this popular historic site.

The $7.5 million plan will help to build a new visitor center, expand Fort Fisher’s earthworks exhibit, upgrade the parking lot, build a new maintenance facility and plan facilities for the Underwater Archaeology Branch to be put on the site grounds.

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The site is a popular attraction for school groups, summer camp programs, nursing homes, military groups, and families. The new visitor center would provide additional space for exhibits, a larger auditorium, a multipurpose classroom space, storage facilities for archives and rental space.

The house bill also includes a plan for the Underwater Archaeology Branch to be located on the grounds to preserve the state’s maritime history. $500,000 would be appropriated specifically for this new space.

If passed, it will go into effect July 1.