Ocean Dunes Resort is located in historic Fort Fisher, a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. Fort Fisher protected the vital trading routes of the port at Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1861 until its capture by the Union in 1865. It is now deemed historic land with no commerce allowed. Site of the largest amphibious battle of the Civil War, one is free to roam the picturesque battlefield with the remaining earthworks, walk the promenade along the Atlantic including the Battle Acre Monument to Civil War Soldiers, with a separate walking trail and two oceanfront gazebos located along the oceanfront.
With the construction of the Ocean Dunes Resort, Kure Beach became home to the largest concentrated residential community at the southern end of Pleasure Island. The undertaking was remarkable at the time and the Resort’s success proves that it was worth the investment and is a nod to the foresight of the developers. Ocean Dunes has withstood the tests of time and weather and is as viable and vital now as ever.