FORT FISHER, NC (WECT) - State funding has been approved to launch plans to create a new visitors center and Civil War museum at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site.
New Hanover County Representative Ted Davis was the legislator who worked to get the $400,000 allocated to Fort Fisher in the recently completed legislative session.
Davis, along with North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz and Paul Laird, of the Friends of Fort Fisher organization made the announcement Friday morning at the current Fort Fisher Historic Site visitors center.
The money will be used for the beginning stages leading up to a new building, which will cost several million dollars to build. The Friends of Fort Fisher will be responsible for raising a large portion of the money that will be needed.
The Fort Fisher State Historic Site was visited by over 800-thousand people in the last year, which makes it the most visited state historic site in North Carolina. The current visitors center was built to accommodate about 40-thousand visitors per year.