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Federal Point Lighthouse

Federal Point Lighthouse

With many tales of the Civil War, Federal Point lighthouse is a long-forgotten one due to it burning down in the late 1800s. Known for being near Kure Beach in New Hanover and was the target of Confederate soldiers during the war.

The federal point may have a short history of being active from 1866 to 1879. Its ever-changing condition to Seawall rock and its location near Fort Fisher, which was charged with protecting trade routes. It has now become a historic site for many to come and visit.

One of the most visited sites in the North Carolina Aquarium is located at Fort Fisher and its numerous attractions. Like the World War II bunker home to a local legend. As well as a historical site teaching more about the war and the artifacts that were recovered from wrecked ships.

Even though the lighthouse no longer exists, it made a lasting impact on history to be remembered for years to come.

Kure Beach

Kure Beach is a town located in New Hanover County, North Carolina, just 15 miles south of the city of Wilmington, joining the Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population as of 2010 is about roughly two-thousand people and it was founded on Pleasure Island, which is south of Wilmington Beach.

Pleasure Island

This island is a coastal barrier island located southeast of the state of North Carolina. It is directly south of the city of Wilmington. It is in Federal point, along with Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wilmington Beach, and Hanby Beach can all be located on this island.

The Island was separated from Bald Head Island by Corncake Inlet until it was closed in 1998 by Hurricane Bonnie. No longer making them separate islands, stretching from Carolina Beach inlet to the north. To Cape Fear River to the West.


Federal Point Light was a lighthouse that was located near Kure Beach in the county of New Hanover, North Carolina. It was active from 1866 until 1879. The lighthouse was on the southern side, inland, of a barrier island called Pleasure Island.

It was also located near Fort Fisher, which was a Confederate fort during the Civil War in which it was tasked with protecting important trade routes at the port of Wilmington. It was active in 1861 until it was captured by the Union forces in 1865 during a decisive battle.

Before the civil war, a few lighthouses were built at Federal Point, with one of them being destroyed by confederate troops in the early 1860s. After a new inlet was opened, the construction of a new lighthouse began in the year 1866.

It was a cottage-style lighthouse located on the piers. However, somewhere between 1879 and 1881, the light was extinguished. Eventually, a seawall known as The Rocks was built around 1881 to close off the inlet. Sometime around 1881, the lighthouse was burned, and it has been deemed no longer in existence.

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

If you find yourself at Federal point/Pleasure Island, It is recommended that you visit the North Carolina Aquarium. It is a system of three public aquariums, which are in Kure Beach, Roanoke Island, and Pine Knoll Shores.

All three locations are owned and operated by the Aquariums Division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources beginning in 1976. They are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Usually, the Aquarium has events like diving shows, animal encounters, even a feeding program. But due to the pandemic, that will not happen for the foreseeable future. However, by going to their website you can plan your next visit where you can have a public viewing of all the animals there.

Other Attractions

If going to an aquarium isn’t one of your things to do. Then maybe you should consider visiting the Fort Fisher Historic site. That’s where you’ll learn more about the site that was used during the Civil War. It’s packed with exhibits and artifacts that were recovered from sunken ships.

Speaking of sunken ships, if you're a diving enthusiast, you can grab a dive map and explore the wreck of the blockade runner, Condor. It is just a few hundred yards away from the beach. Just don’t forget to stop at the gift shop before you leave.

If you have kids, then look no further than Kure Beach Ocean Front Park. Where it’s a public green space in the downtown area of the iconic fishing pier. With a play area called pirate playground and a few activities for the kids called turtle talks, and storytime by the sea.

If you read Fishing pier you read it right. Kure Beach Fishing Pier is a seven-hundred-foot pier where many can either walk or fish from. It was recently renovated, and fishers can buy tackle, bait, rods, and reel combos to help with their fishing experience.

And for all the hikers out there, the shoreline Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is designed for all to explore a World War II bunker that was once home to a local legend named Fort Fisher Hermit.

You can even try something new like surf fishing or stop by the visitor section for a more educational experience.

You can even give the kids a break by letting them hang out at the Hi-Tech Arcade, which is located across from the pier. Games include skeeball, car racing, Colorama, frog hop, and much more.

If you’re a veteran or getting into Yoga, don’t miss a session when you have Kure Beach Yoga at your service. It is a yoga class that tries to be as accessible and financially available for all that comes. Classes are held on the beach just north of the pier, on stage at OceanFront Park, or inside the community center, depending upon the weather.

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Author: ENC Explorer

After getting accepted to ECU, I started looking for things to do in and around Greenville, NC. However, my searches kept taking me to places in South Carolina! There must be things to do around ECU, so I started asking other students. They kept telling me to graduate and move away! This inspired me to begin exploring eastern North Carolina and build this website as a showcase of the places to go, sights to see, and things to do all over eastern NC. I have fallen in love with this region and started taking up roots here. After graduating, I didn't move away - I bought a house here and continue to explore eastern North Carolina.

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