With the 150th anniversary of the battle of Fort Macon weeks away, crews are working to prepare the fort for a reenactment of the battle, including adding two new working cannon replicas.
The 4,800-pound 1841 replicas were placed on the wall of Fort Macon by crane Tuesday. These are working replicas that complete a three-year state funded project to put the cannons on the wall of Fort Macon.. Each cannon and carriage cost more than $34,000. The first one was put into place in December of 2010.
Park ranger II Paul Branch says the first time the cannons will be used will be at the sesquicentennial of the battle of Fort Macon. "We're going to be one of the few forts to have large cannons like this on hand and the fact that they're actually functional they can actually be fired and everything means we can give programs and show people what it was like to actually go through battle in those days."
The carriages were built by students at Wayne Community College.
Fort Macon's 150th anniversary is April 25th, but the remembrance will begin the weekend of April 21st.