Fort Branch

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Fort Branch

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  • Seasons - April - first weekend in November; other times by appointment
  • Hours - Saturday - Sunday 1:30 - 5:30 pm


  • 2883 Fort Branch Rd.

    Hamilton,   NC   27840


This Confederate earthen fort provided a safe and clear view of Union gunboats approaching from down river. It also protected the nearby construction site of the ironclad ram CSS Albemarle, which later helped regain control of the lower Roanoke River and Albemarle Sound by sinking wooden Union ships.

Today, you can see eight of the fort's original cannons, making Fort Branch the only earthwork fortification in the South with its original artillery in place. Also see a restored late-1800s steam engine from The Ranger, and local Native American pottery and artifacts from Hoggtown, a nearby 18th century river community. Other attractions include rebuilt gun emplacements and an 1850s farmhouse, which is being restored.

An annual battle re-enactment is held on the first weekend in November and includes a unique Living History Program. Check our website for other events.

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2883 Fort Branch Rd.
Hamilton NC 27840


Latitude: 35° 55' 37.1994" / Longitude: -77° 10' 17.04"

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