USS North Carolina Battleship

Continuing from our mini-vacation in February 2015, we decided to stop in Wilmington, NC and visit the USS North Carolina Battleship.

USS North Carolina Battleship

As I said before when I posted about our trip to Fort Macon State Park, I love history and love visiting historical marks whenever possible, wherever I am.

USS North Carolina Battleship is no exception, and I was lucky enough to be able to take the kids with us and watch them learn and experience the history firsthand.

Moored in quiet dignity and majesty the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

From all across our Nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Great Depression and now determined to serve their Country in its time of need. These are the men whose stories you will encounter through their oral histories, photographs, and mementos as you experience the Ship and the exhibits.

Battleship North Carolina

This is a self-guided tour, which is perfect for those that wish to take in everything this historical monument has to offer. It’s recommended to set aside 2 hours for this, but I believe we were there for just over 3 hours, and I still feel like we rushed it.

There is a fee for this, so be sure to check the website for the latest information. It’s fairly inexpensive though.

The kids did enjoy this and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind going back sometime in the future.

I still find North Carolina history more fascinating that Ohio history, but I’m probably biased due to being raised in the south.

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Update

Small update as to what’s been going on with the website. No, aliens didn’t take over. Unfortunately.

It’s been awhile since I last posted here.

In fact, it’s been so long that I didn’t have a proper backup of the site, resulting in the loss of most of the posts I had here. All it takes is one bad plugin to cause major problems…

In any case, the website is back up and running. Well, sort of. It’s just missing content. Lots of content. Oh well.

At least the layout and design is complete.


Fort Macon State Park

In February of 2015, we took a small vacation to North Carolina. One of the stops we made was to the historical Fort Macon State Park.

Fort Macon State Park
I think I’m one of the few people who spends my vacation going to historical sites, especially if I’ve visited them before. Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I was able to visit a lot of colonial and Civil War-era sites, and so I’ve always been fascinated with those time periods.

It’s no surprise then, that our small vacation a few weeks ago resulted in us visiting Fort Macon State Park, located along the coast of North Carolina.

Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coast – as well as a historic landmark. Located at the eastern end of Bogue Banks, one of a series of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, the park is surrounded on three sides by water – the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Sound. This area of undisturbed natural beauty is the perfect place to explore salt marshes and estuaries vital to the coastal ecosystem.

We visited the fort around 9am on a Saturday, where there wasn’t anyone else and we could take our time without being interrupted or feel rushed. The air was cool but with the sun out, it felt much warmer than it really was.

There isn’t too much to the fort in terms of ‘hours of entertainment’, but the history behind it is fascinating and well worth the visit. The view of the ocean isn’t bad, either. I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever down that way.

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