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Carolina Beach, North Carolina: Grave of the Fort Fisher Hermit

Robert E. Harrill died in 1972, but visitors still seek out this small, hidden cemetery to leave trinkets on his grave. His epitaph: "He Made People Think."

Dow Rd S., Carolina Beach, NC
From US-421/N. Lake Park Blvd, heading south, turn right at the stoplight (look for the water tower) onto Dow Rd/NC-1573. Drive two miles. After you pass Ocean Blvd on the left, drive another quarter-mile and you'll see, on the right, a gated pull-off with a cemetery sign. Park outside the gate and walk back to the cemetery. The hermit's grave marker is flush with the ground.
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Grave of the Fort Fisher Hermit.

Grave of the Fort Fisher Hermit

To the left of the main cemetery you can visit the grave of Robert E. Harrill, the famous hermit of Fort Fisher.

[Suzanne, 05/28/2024]

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