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Fort Johnston

Fort Johnston

Southport, North Carolina

Moore Street

Fort Johnston began as a Colonial British defense installation during 1750s. Since then, it was continuously operated as an army base until it was decommissioned in 2004. This coastal fortification is one of the oldest and most historic sites in North Carolina. When the army declared Fort Johnston as surplus, the National Park Service used the Federal Lands to Parks program to give the fort to the City of Southport at no cost, and the six-acre site was transferred for the public's use in 2006. Today, the fort offers a boardwalk for the community to enjoy fishing and outdoor activities and is planned to house the North Carolina Maritime Museum–Southport. Fort Johnston was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Photo: Fort Johnston
– Courtesy City of Southport

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