Monthly Archives: January 2017

Spotlight: Paul R. Shivers, PE

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range would like to shine a spotlight on our valuable volunteers, supporters, and cheerleaders. Our first spotlight is shining on

Paul R. Shivers, PE

Paul R. Shivers, PE, a Project Manager with Highfill Infrastructure Engineering, PC, has donated many pro bono hours working as our project manager for the stabilization efforts of the Fort Caswell Rifle Range. He coordinated with the various engineers that conducted tests to help identify priorities for the stabilization. The Friends are highly appreciative of him sharing his knowledge and time.

Paul donates his time to other projects within the community such as serving as President of the Friends of Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, which is the non-profit support group for the state historic site.

Thank you, Paul, for your contribution to our efforts!

Read http://www.hiepc.com/paul-shivers for more about Paul.

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Funds needed for stabilization efforts

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range are working quickly to detail the accomplishments completed to date on the stabilization efforts and the funds used for the work that the volunteers could not complete on their own. See http://www.caswellriflerange.com/stabilization/ for a chronology beginning in 2011. The Friends believe it’s already been an amazing transformation! But there’s still a lot of work to do.

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One of the goals for this website is detailing the work not yet completed and funds needed to allow donors to see how their donations will be used. Lee Hinnant, staff writer for The State Port Pilot http://stateportpilot.com/ has written about the proposed repairs, which could total $30,000 to $50,000 to save this important and unique structure from WWI.

Range repairs are proposed

The Friends will be updating the fundraising page and thermometer soon  http://www.caswellriflerange.com/fundraising/ and thanking our previous donors – there are many. Thank you for your continued support!

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How much did the rifle range cost in 1918?

The War Department lists an estimate dated January 24, 1918, for a total of $3856.38 for
“Target pit, protected passage and store house at New Rifle Range, Artillery Cantonment”

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Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Traveling Exhibit

The Barbee Library on Oak Island has an exhibit from the Historic Wilmington Foundation of the 8 Most Threatened Historic Places in the Cape Fear Region.  Shown are exceptional pictures, text about the sites, a map identifying the sites, and other interesting info.  The display will be there two more weeks. Look for Fort Caswell Rifle Range!

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See this excellent article in The State Port Pilot describing the traveling exhibit and additional locations:
Exhibit features historic places

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