Friends of Fort Macon

Friends of Fort Macon "Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set." ~ Proverbs 22:28 The Friends of Fort Macon is a nonprofit educational organization which meets the criteria for tax-exempt organizations specified under section 501 c3 of the Internal Revenue Code
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Mission: 1. By perpetuating the memory of the people and events connected with this historic site through the acquisition and appropriate care of relics, documents, and authentic reproductions, and by the display of such acquisitions in such a manner to best serve the interest and enjoyment of the people of North Carolina and their visitors. 2. By encouraging historic research, particularly in relation to the Fort, and by developing libraries and materials appropriate to that research. 3. By encouraging both government and commercial organizations to dedicate funds for restoring the physical structure of the Fort and its historic equipment. 4. By promoting celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries and special events held at the Fort or its environs, and by assisting Park personnel in these and other activities, when requested, in order to make the Fort and Park an educational, hospitable, safe, and enjoyable experience for all visitors.

Operating as usual

11/19/2020

The Friends of Fort Macon announce Wes Safrit as a lifetime member. Welcome aboard!

11/19/2020

The Friends of Fort Macon thank Larry and Beth L. from Pine Knoll Shores and Judy F. from Atlantic Beach for renewing their memberships. Thank you so much!

U.S. and N.C. flags are at half-staff November 16-20 to honor and respect the service of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer...
11/16/2020

U.S. and N.C. flags are at half-staff November 16-20 to honor and respect the service of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza from Fayetteville who passed away in a helicopter accident with four other American servicemen on Thursday in Sinai, Egypt.

11/12/2020

The Friends of Ft. Macon acknowledges Walter G. from Pine Knoll Shores for supporting historic preservation with his recent donation. Thank you, Walter.

11/12/2020

Robert, Rebekah, and Sally M. from Winston-Salem are three new lifetime members. Welcome aboard!

11/11/2020

As the sun sets on Veterans’ Day 2020, know that every freedom we enjoy today is a gift. We all rest easier tonight because of the sacrifice and commitment of our veterans. Thank you to our courageous veterans past and present, home and abroad.

The Governor has ordered all U.S. and N.C. flags at state facilities lowered to half-staff until sunset on Monday, Novem...
10/28/2020

The Governor has ordered all U.S. and N.C. flags at state facilities lowered to half-staff until sunset on Monday, November 2, in honor of U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett.

Ensign Garrett, originally from Weddington, N.C., passed away in a training accident last Friday along with Navy Lieutenant Rhiannon Ross of Wixom, Michigan.

US flags are at half-staff due to the passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. All flags will rem...
09/19/2020

US flags are at half-staff due to the passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. All flags will remain at half-staff until the day of her internment.

All NC state flags are lowered to half-staff today and Saturday honoring the service of Henderson County Deputy Sheriff ...
09/18/2020

All NC state flags are lowered to half-staff today and Saturday honoring the service of Henderson County Deputy Sheriff Ryan Hendrix. Deputy Sheriff Hendrix died in the line of duty on September 10, 2020.

The Governor today ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff be...
09/15/2020

The Governor today ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff beginning today, Monday, September 14, 2020 until sunset on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in honor of Fort Bragg Paratroopers, Sgt. David Eugene Hughes and Pfc. Jean Cruz De Leon.

Sgt. Hughes, a native of Fresno, California, passed away on Friday, September 4 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator assigned to A Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Originally from Marrero, Louisiana, Pfc. Cruz De Leon passed away during airborne training operations at Fort Stewart, Georgia on Wednesday, September 9. He was an Infantryman assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

On Patriot Day, September 11, all U.S. flags will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset honoring the victims o...
09/10/2020

On Patriot Day, September 11, all U.S. flags will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset honoring the victims of 9/11.

09/05/2020

We welcome Hilton and Dalen P. from Wilson, NC, as members of the Friends of Fort Macon. We also thank David and Rosemarie B. from Newport, NC, for renewing their membership. Welcome aboard!

In just about 8 1/2 hours the free parking will open at Fort Macon State Park. Make your Thursday special on the eastern...
09/03/2020

In just about 8 1/2 hours the free parking will open at Fort Macon State Park. Make your Thursday special on the eastern tip of Bogue Banks at clean, beautiful Fort Macon State Park.

Fort Macon State Park Rangers would like to thank Seegars Fence Company of Newport. Seegars provided a piece of fencing ...
08/30/2020

Fort Macon State Park Rangers would like to thank Seegars Fence Company of Newport. Seegars provided a piece of fencing that the rangers converted to a sand-smoothing sled. Every beach footprint creates a giant pothole for a new hatchling. Our sand-smoothing sled offers the tiny turtles a more effortless hike from their nest to the surf. Thank you, Seegars, for helping our 2020 nests!

Fort Macon’s turtle nests are progressing nicely. Nests are beginning to hatch. To prepare for Hurricane Isaias, the rangers built sand berms in front of the nests. This appeared to help our nests.

The Friends of Fort Macon welcome new member Christopher A. from Niles, Illinois.  Welcome aboard!We also thank Martha H...
08/27/2020

The Friends of Fort Macon welcome new member Christopher A. from Niles, Illinois. Welcome aboard!

We also thank Martha H. plus Nicholas and Diana V. all from Morehead City for renewing their thoughtful memberships.

We are thrilled to let you in on our secret:  UNC-TV filmed at beautiful Fort Macon this past Saturday. The segment will...
08/24/2020

We are thrilled to let you in on our secret: UNC-TV filmed at beautiful Fort Macon this past Saturday. The segment will be shown later this year.

Congratulations to brothers Ty and Bryce F. of Ronda, NC, who won their respective age groups in the Friends of Fort Mac...
08/21/2020

Congratulations to brothers Ty and Bryce F. of Ronda, NC, who won their respective age groups in the Friends of Fort Macon Youth Photography Contest.

Ty submitted the winning photograph in the 13-18 age bracket for Fort Macon's wildlife category.

Bryce submitted the winning photograph in the 7-12 age bracket for images of historic Fort Macon.

Thank you to all youth who participated in this year's contest.

08/18/2020

The Friends of Fort Macon are happy to announce Allison Wagaman of Allison Wagaman Photography as a new member. Welcome aboard!

The Friends of Fort Macon thank Kay H. of Morehead City for joining as a lifetime member. Welcome aboard!
08/17/2020

The Friends of Fort Macon thank Kay H. of Morehead City for joining as a lifetime member. Welcome aboard!

Fort Macon is 20 for 2020. Our 20th turtle came ashore to nest Friday evening.
08/16/2020

Fort Macon is 20 for 2020. Our 20th turtle came ashore to nest Friday evening.

The gates at Fort Macon open at 8:00 a.m. Come find your free parking spot and settle in.
08/13/2020

The gates at Fort Macon open at 8:00 a.m. Come find your free parking spot and settle in.

Thanks to the following individuals for joining the Friends of Fort Macon:Robert R., Ardmore, PALarry B., Greensboro, NC...
08/12/2020

Thanks to the following individuals for joining the Friends of Fort Macon:

Robert R., Ardmore, PA
Larry B., Greensboro, NC
John & Kathy O., Newport, NC
Suzanne L., Morehead City, NC
Scott N., Raleigh, NC
George & Sandra S., Morehead City, NC
Lester & Juanita D., New Bern, NC
Marshall & Mary Ann H., Beaufort, NC
Claire J., New Bern, NC

Welcome aboard!

The Friends of Fort Macon are happy to announce Chalk and Gibbs Insurance as a lifetime business member. Welcome aboard.
08/12/2020

The Friends of Fort Macon are happy to announce Chalk and Gibbs Insurance as a lifetime business member. Welcome aboard.

The clean beaches, free parking and extraordinary bathhouse at Fort Macon State Park await you.
08/09/2020

The clean beaches, free parking and extraordinary bathhouse at Fort Macon State Park await you.

Find your quiet morning spot on the rock jetty at Fort Macon State Park. Park in the free lots at the beautiful bathhous...
08/06/2020

Find your quiet morning spot on the rock jetty at Fort Macon State Park. Park in the free lots at the beautiful bathhouse and find your way to the jetty.

Park for free and enjoy the trails at Fort Macon State Park.
08/04/2020

Park for free and enjoy the trails at Fort Macon State Park.

08/02/2020

The Friends of Fort Macon would like to thank all of the children and teenagers who entered our 2020 photography contest. The talent of our young photographers is amazing.

All entries have been forwarded to our judges. We will showcase the winners later this month.

07/30/2020

Here are some other pictures from Fort Macon State Park today. Come out and enjoy the free parking, clean facilities, beautiful beach and sunshine.

Our Down East ladies, Tammy from Otway and Val from Betty, came out today to enjoy Fort Macon State Park.
07/30/2020

Our Down East ladies, Tammy from Otway and Val from Betty, came out today to enjoy Fort Macon State Park.

Our West Carteret High School freshman and sophomore history teacher, Austin, was also out on the beach today at Fort Ma...
07/30/2020

Our West Carteret High School freshman and sophomore history teacher, Austin, was also out on the beach today at Fort Macon State Park. Go Patriots!

Mario, Oma, Papaw, Ember, Elijah, and Urijah from Havelock enjoyed Fort Macon State Park this afternoon.
07/30/2020

Mario, Oma, Papaw, Ember, Elijah, and Urijah from Havelock enjoyed Fort Macon State Park this afternoon.

Our children and young peoples’ photography contest ends July 31. Please go to friendsoffortmacon.org under “Announcemen...
07/30/2020

Our children and young peoples’ photography contest ends July 31. Please go to friendsoffortmacon.org under “Announcements” to view the photography rules and download the contest submission form.

Fort Macon’s nature trails are waiting for you. The Fort has two large, free parking lots for you!
07/28/2020

Fort Macon’s nature trails are waiting for you. The Fort has two large, free parking lots for you!

US and NC flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on July 28 to honor the service of Sgt. Bryan Cooper Mount. The F...
07/24/2020

US and NC flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on July 28 to honor the service of Sgt. Bryan Cooper Mount. The Friends of Fort Macon offer condolences to the family of Fort Bragg Paratrooper Sgt. Bryan Cooper Mount who passed away Tuesday after a training accident in Syria. A native of St. George, Utah, Sgt. Mount was assigned to Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division and was part of the 1st Squadron, 73rd Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Good morning from Fort Macon State Park where rangers discovered turtle nest #17. Here’s this morning’s turtle nest pict...
07/22/2020

Good morning from Fort Macon State Park where rangers discovered turtle nest #17. Here’s this morning’s turtle nest picture from Park Superintendent Randy Newman. Fort Macon’s previous record of 13 nests is shattered!

Address

2303 East Fort Macon Rd
Atlantic Beach, NC
28512

General information

The Friends of Fort Macon meet the first Thursay of the month at the Golden Corral, Arendell St, Morehead City, North Carolina.The meetings start at 11:30 AM. A speaker is featured at each meeting.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00
Thursday 08:00 - 20:00
Friday 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday 08:00 - 20:00
Sunday 08:00 - 20:00

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(252) 726-3775

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The purpose of the organization shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in the preservation of the memory, the spirit, and the physical condition of historic Fort Macon, located on the eastern end of Bogue Banks, within Fort Macon State Park in North Carolina.

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Closed before got a chance to try and catch the comet, but caught the sun setting instead ;) Thanks to the super nice park ranger for letting take just a Few more shots :P
I found a set of keys today on the beach. We couldn’t find anywhere to turn them in. Message me if they’re yours!
From the park this evening!
Are the soldiers still there in their WWII uniforms doing their tours?
Is the trails open for walking or jogging?
I respect the decision of the community leaders and the city of Atlantic Beach to make the beaches off limits to non-residents at the current time, it's a necessary step for the health of all. Safety must always be priority. In the mean time, I look forward to returning in the Fall, and plan on coming often at that time!
where can i see uodates
Frank C. Salisbury “Surrender of Fort Macon, April 26, 1862” Carteret County News-Times, April 26, 1949, Sect. 1, p. 1 & 3 👍 In the words of Abraham Lincoln, from his famous Gettysburg address, "four score and seven years ago" Colonel Moses T. White, commander of Fort Macon during the War of The Rebellion, surrendered the fort to General Ambrose E. Burnside of the Federal forces on Saturday, April 20, 1862. Events leading up to the surrender of the fort were the battle of Roanoke Island and New Bern. Early in 1862 what is known in the war records of the Union Army as the third naval armament was fitted out in Hampton Roads. It was composed of 100 war vessels and transports commanded by Commodore L.M. Goldsborough and bearing 10,000 land troops under General Burnside. The armament left the Roads on January 11, 1862, with its destination unknown except to proper officers. That destination was Roanoke Is land and Pamlico Sound. The Confederates had strongly fortified Roanoke Island with batteries that commanded the sounds on each side of it. The fortifications were garrisoned by North Carolina troops then under the command of Colonel H.M. Shaw, and mounted about 40 guns. About them in Croatan Sound was a flotilla of small gunboats. Preparation was made for an attack by land and sea the first week in February. Goldsborough drew up his fleet of 70 vessels in Croatan Sound and opened a bombardment upon the batteries. It was kept up all the afternoon, the flotilla and the batteries responding to Goldsborough's guns. At midnight about 11,000 troops were landed on the island. At dawn they moved forward to attack the line of entrenchments which crossed the island. The Confederates, far inferior in numbers made a gallant defense, going from redoubt to redoubt as one after another fell into the hands of the Union forces. They made a vigorous stand in a well-situated redoubt that was approached by a causeway but overrun by the large number of the enemy they were compelled to surrender and Roanoke Inland passed into the hands of the Union forces, with 3,000 prisoners and 42 cannon. Other sections of Eastern Carolina were speedily recovered and on February 18, 1862, Burnside and Goldsborough issued a proclamation to the inhabitants of the conquered section assuring them that the Government forces were there not as enemies but as friends and inviting them to separate themselves from the Confederacy and return to their allegiance. Following the surrender of Roanoke Island and other points in that vicinity, the Union forces under General Burnside and the flotilla moved up the Neuse River where the battle and the capture of New Bern took place. It was from this point that men and armament were sent for the assault upon Fort Macon. On March 19, 1862, two regiments embarked at New Bern and one regiment marched down the railroad tracks, meeting at Slocum's Creek. These three regiments combined with the artillery and ordnance outfits had planned to haul the men und equipment to Havelock, where it was to be loaded on cars and transported by horse power, due to the lack of an engine, to Carolina City some five miles west of Morehead City which had been selected as the site of operations. On landing at Slocum's Creek it was learned that the Confederates had burned the railroad bridge at Newport over the river at that point as well as the hotel and barrack buildings at Carolina City. Fearing that a similar attempt would be made on the county road bridge a company of infantry was dispatched to guard this bridge. This bridge was secured and with the arrival of troops by rail at Newport they were transported by common road to Carolina City which point was reached on March 22. The burned railroad bridge was rebuilt within a short time giving through rail access from the landing point at [Newport?] Having established headquarters Havelock to the site of operations at Carolina City, General John E. Parke in command, on March 23, 1862, dispatched two officers under a flag of truce to Fort Macon with a demand to surrender: "In order to save the unnecessary effusion of blood I have the honor to demand the evacuation of the fort and surrender of the forces under your command. Having an intimate knowledge of the entire work and an over whelming force at our command with means for reducing the work, its fall is inevitable. On condition that no damage is done to the fortification or armament, your command will be released as prisoners of war on their parole." To this demand Col. White replied: "Your request is received. I have the honor to decline evacuating Fort Macon." The refusal of Col. White to surrender the fort left but one course to pursue and that was to invest the place. For the next month the Union forces were active in getting their batteries, supplies and men across Bogue Sound, placing of the guns within range of the fort, throwing up breastworks, while the flotilla under command of Samuel Lockwood took up its position in the inlet and sound. Companies of Union forces were stationed in Morehead City and Beaufort to prevent any communication from those points with the fort. On March 29th the first troops were crossed to the Banks and from that time until April 10th every available hour of day and night was spent in transporting men, siege trains and supplies. In selecting sites for the batteries advantage was taken of the sand hills, reinforced by sod from the salt marshes. During the night of April 24th the work of placing the batteries was completed and at 5:40 a.m. on the morning of the 25th the first shot was fired upon the fort. Assisted by the blockading fleet the bombardment continued until 4:30 in the afternoon when a white flag was displayed upon the ramparts of the fort and firing ceased on both sides. Under a flag of truce Col. White sent a request asking upon what terms he could surrender the fort. He was given the same conditions as offered by General Parke under date of March 23. Early on the morning of April 26, 1862, Col. White arrived on board the ship where General Burnside had his headquarters and the terms and conditions of the surrender was drawn up and signed. Losses during this short engagement were one killed and 11 wounded on the Union side and 7 killed, 18 wounded and 450 prisoners taken of the Confederate side.
The Unknown Tongues were fantastic last night! They played non stop for 90 minutes!
Attended the historic re-enactments last weekend. Really interesting!
Hi there. Was at Fort Macon for the Carteret Co Ministerial Sunrise service. Walked the beach and the Fort and was back at the beach parking area by 8. We caught colors at the Coast Guard Station which was nice. Is there any open parking before 8 normally?