ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – As state parks across North Carolina celebrate their 100th anniversary, Fort Macon State Park is taking part by having their largest celebration yet.
The Battle of Fort Macon will also celebrate its 151st anniversary this weekend as they re-enact the fall of Fort Macon during the Civil War.
Friday evening is just the beginning of what will be the park’s largest celebration in history.
As part of a statewide centennial celebration of the park system, a re-enactment of the siege and capture of Fort Macon will be the highlight of this weekend.
“Just to keep the history here and show what the fort is about, why it was here and how it defended the harbor,” said Randy Newman, Superintendent of the state park.
Nearly 500 re-enactors will take part in a realistic 45-minute battle, including one man who’s been a historian and re-enactor for nearly two decades.
He says he hopes folks have fun at this weekend’s celebration, but also get a history lesson.
“We hope that they learn that this is something that was very important to this whole area,” said Tudd Dean who will play a Sergeant with the Union in this weekend’s re-enactment.
Cannon firings will follow suit as part of the centennial activities as well as numerous other signature events.
Re-enactments will take place at 11am and 3pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday.
Fort Macon was also named this year’s state park of the year.