We then drove the short distance to Kure Beach, past Big Daddy's Seafood Restaurant which has been there since at least the 1950s and home of some great seafood. They have a marker in front of it by US-421 saying it was the site where Union forces came ashore for the attack on Fort Fisher a few miles southward.
Kure Beach has a really small "downtown" area and a pier. We took a ride along their road going north from the downtown (one way heading north) and saw the cottage that looks like my grandparents' cottage that was destroyed by Hurricane Hazel. We have often considered renting it to see of the inside is somewhat like the one we lost. Of course, in the ensuing 60 years, there would have been a lot of renovation.
On to the Fort! --RoadDog