KURE BEACH – Pack a picnic basket and put on your dancing shoes – it’s time for a celebration. On Saturday, Oct. 23, Fort Fisher State Historic Site waltzes back in time to recall the parties of Daisy Lamb, a Northern woman married to the fort’s Confederate commander, Col. William Lamb.
Come experience the music of the era with traditional and popular musical performances throughout the day, featuring the highly-acclaimed Huckleberry Brothers (http://huckleberrybrothers.com/), who will entertain visitors and reveal the finer points of 19th-century dance.
The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. At noon Site Historian Ray Flowers will invite visitors into Daisy’s world as he delivers a presentation on this cultured Northern lady and her Southern officer. For the first time, a temporary exhibit on Lamb family artifacts will be on display in the museum, and visitors can pick up copies of period recipes used by Daisy Lamb and other women in the Wilmington area.
“We’ll also have plenty of hands-on activities for kids of all ages and artillery demonstrations throughout the day,’” said Fort Fisher Assistant Site Manager Amy Manor Thornton.
Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a Union infantry assault on Jan.15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington’s port – “the lifeline of the Confederacy” – was closed to foreign trade.
The Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449. For more information on this program or the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.