When I was in North Carolina a few weeks ago, we spent the weekend at Fort Caswell on Oak Island. The fort was built in 1825 to guard the coast and the Cape Fear river. During the Civil War, it was run by the Confederacy. The U.S. Army used it during the Spanish American War and WWI, but nothing interesting ever happened. It was used as a station to watch for enemy submarines during WWII, but after the war, was declared to be surplus property. It is now owned by the North Carolina Baptist Convention and used as a retreat.
The buildings on the fort have been renovated for today’s use, but are former officer’s quarters, barracks, headquarters, and stables. The house we stayed in was former officer quarters. It had been renovated but still had a living room, kitchen, dining room, six bedrooms, and I think as many bathrooms. The bedrooms all contained multiple beds, even bunk beds. The average age of the ladies I was with was around 50, so the bunk beds were slightly amusing. At least to me anyways. I don’t know that they would agree with me.
The fort is at the end of the island, so it’s almost surrounded by ocean on three sides. There is a lot of beach to walk and explore. I found a ton of shells, but nothing that I just had to bring home. I should have brought sand home. I have sand from California and Okinawa, so I should just start collecting sand from all the beaches I visit. I have never been to the east coast. This was the farthest east I’ve been in this country. I just wish we would have had more time, but we still had a great weekend.