Fort Macomb is a 19th-century United States brick fort in Louisiana, on the western shore of Chef Menteur Pass. The fort is adjacent to the Venetian Isles community, now legally within the city limits of New Orleans, Louisiana. This community was some miles distant from the city when first built and is still distant from the main developed portion of the city.The fort was operational for 50 years, seeing brief action during the Civil War as Union forces began their conquest and occupation of New Orleans. Ruins of most of the fort remain today.
Backstory and Context
The fort and its land are now owned by the State of Louisiana. While some efforts were made to open it to limited tourism in the late 20th century, the decaying condition of the fort was judged too hazardous for public visits. The similar but better preserved Fort Pike, some 10 miles away at the Rigolets, is the regional coastal fort that is open to visitors.
A portion of the fort's old moat had been turned into a canal as part of a small marina. The wakes from incoming and outgoing boats were wearing away the outer wall of the fort and accelerating the structural damage. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the marina in 2005. The fort is now protected by riprap. It needs structural stabilization to reverse the previous damage.
“Fort Macomb,” New Orleans Historical, accessed February 7, 2017,http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/117.