Atlantic Beach in Carteret County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Officers Quarters at Fort Macon
Each of the cottages was of wood frame construction, with a wide porch and an attached kitchen section. Inside were two rooms with high plaster walls on each side of a central hallway. The rooms on each side shared adjoining fireplaces.
The four officer quarters were used until Fort Macon was abandoned in 1903. The Army subsequently sold them and had them removed.
Plan of the Fort Macon Officer Quarters
The uses of the rooms in this case are based on a letter from one of the officer’s wives in 1870. While the quarters were normally intended for only one officer and his family, it was not uncommon for more than one officer to share the quarters.
These four photographs taken at other military posts in the late 1800s are typical of what the interior of the officer quarters at Fort Macon must have looked like. To make the otherwise drab quarters pleasant an homey, officers and their families usually stocked them with their own furniture and family household items. They also decorated their quarters with other furnishings that might include curtains, decorative rugs and carpet, pictures suspended with cords, and bric-a-brac that was so popular in the Victorian era.
(clockwise) A typical parlor of an officer’s quarters.; An officer and his wife passing a quiet evening.; A servant girl at work in the kitchen of an officer’s quarters. Officers were allowed to hire servants to cook, clean, and do laundry. The servant might be an enlisted man detailed for the purpose, and enlisted man’s wife, or a local domestic.; A typical dining room of an officer’s quarters.
(upper center) Front elevation of the Fort Macon Officer Quarters
(lower center) Side elevation of the Fort Macon Officer Quarters
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil.
Location. 34° 41.825′ N, 76° 40.713′ W. Marker is in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in Carteret County. Marker can be reached from East Fort Macon Road (County Route 1190) 3.6 miles east of Atlantic Beach Causeway (County Route 1182). The marker is on the grounds of the Fort Mason State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach NC 28512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 30-Pounder Parrott Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); Bogue Banks Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cistern (within shouting distance of this marker); The Military Post of Fort Macon in the Nineteenth Century (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Barracks Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Macon in the 1920s and 1930s (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Defenses (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Macon Coast Guard Station (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic Beach.
Also see . . . Fort Macon State Park. N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation (Submitted on September 15, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 261 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on September 12, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.