Fort Fisher Hermit

Robert E. Harrill, called the “Fort Fisher Hermit,” was a popular hermit near Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1955-1972, receiving and entertaining visitors in the abandoned sea-side military bunker that he called home. He is the subject of several books and a documentary film. Two Web sites are: “Fort Fisher Hermit” at and “The Hermit Story” at There is a collection of Harrill’s manuscripts at the Library of East Carolina University: