Built between 1826 and 1834 to guard the entrance to Beaufort Harbor, this five-sided fort, constructed of brick and stone, was intermittently garrisoned before being seized by Confederate troops in 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War. Twenty-six casements are enclosed by outer walls 4.5 feet thick. In April, 1862 the fort was recaptured by Union forces. During the Reconstruction Era, it was used as a prison. Fort Macon was re-garrisoned in 1898 for the Spanish-American War and from 1941-1945 during World War II. Today, Fort Macon is one of the finest surviving examples of 19th century military architecture and fortification. Areas of the fort have been restored to depict periods of soldier occupation.

Civil War reenactments occur during summer months. Swimming, fishing, a nature trail and picnicking are available daily.

You may tour the restored fort daily except Christmas Day.


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Crystal Coast Tourism Authority

Carteret County

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