United States Fort Macon

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T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

About This Spot

During the war of 1812, the United States’ coastal defense was found to be ineffectual. After the war, a system of strong forts was built along the coast. Fort Macon, built in 1834, was one of these forts. The fort was used during the Civil War, first taken over by the Confederacy then taken back by the Union forces. The fort was turned into a prison for awhile after the war and eventually sold to the state of North Carolina. The US government reactivated the fort during the Second World War. Today it stands as an well maintained example of a brick fort. It is a 5-sided structure with arched doorways and contoured windows. Compared with the later day forts constructed on the West Coast, this fort is pleasing to look at and a joy to photograph.

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