CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The City of Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department celebrated the completion of renovations at Fort D Historic Site.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10 at Fort D to mark the completion of a new roof project, a new flagpole and a new sign.
Mayor Pro-Tem Robbie Guard attended the ceremony for Mayor Bob Fox.
“Considering this project came from two different tax revenue sources, and that the residents to different times if, and staff and councils, we were talking about councils and go back 10-12 years that knew that this was important for the historic preservation, not only of Cape Girardeau, but for all of southeast Missouri and for the United States, which was proven win last year whenever it was in 2019 being placed on the National Historic Preservation of Historic Places,” he said. “And so we couldn’t be more pleased with this and we hope that we get more residents will come down and look at its beauty.”
He said he hoped more people will seek the fort out and want to visit.
Scott House, a Fort D coordinator, said it’s a great thing to know there is a rich Civil War history in Cape Girardeau.
“...we have a very rare thing, which is an intact earthworks that was built around a city in Missouri, and you would have to go a long way from here to find as good at earthworks, but it’s also just the history of the development of the fort, and the protection of the city,” House said. “And so as a destination, people come from all over to see Civil War sites, and when people come, when visitors come to Cape Girardeau, this is going to be one of the things they definitely want to see when they come to Cape.”
The new roof over Fort D was made possible by voters approving the 2018 Parks, Recreation and Stormwater sales tax.
A soft opening to show off the new additions of the building and grounds was open to the public to see on Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8.
Fort D is the site of a Civil War-era earthworks compound that overlooks the Mississippi River.
The site has been accepted into the National Register of Historic Places.
The fort is also home to war reenactments and other displays.
One re-enactor shared his thoughts on why it’s important to improve upon this building and keep the history alive.
“To keep history alive and not let it go away,” Andrew Porter said. “Let everyone know that it was the Civil War, it was fought and it was here. It was in Missouri and everywhere else in the United States.”
Over the past weekend, a Kansas City family visited stopped to check out the site.
“We like to come and get the history also,” Doug Dahman said. “We like to re-enact on the other side of the state. So we try to take in as much history as we can so we can help support the hobby.”