Fort Fisher Hermit has a great article that covers Robert Harrell’s life before Fort Fisher as well as his life as a hermit. It concludes with an analysis of the Hermit as a tourist attraction and details of the controversy over the details of his death.

The website for the award-winning film The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life and Death of Robert E. Harrill.  Check this website out as they now have a variety t-shirts, caps, mugs and other ‘hermit’ stuff.

Robert Harrill the Fort Fisher Hermit by Michael Edwards. This is the definitive book about the Hermit. unfortunately it is currently out of print However on you can purchase used copies of The last battle for independence: The story of the Fort Fisher Hermit also by Michael Edwards.

YouTube:  Search for “Fort Fisher Hermit” to find many clips with actual video of the Hermit – And don’t miss our own Leslie Bright talking about the appeal of the Hermit.


YouTube: The Fort Fisher Hermit


The Fort Fisher Hermit

Released: 2009
Running time: 56:58
Uploaded to YouTube on Nov 6, 2009

Robert E. Harrill, The Fort Fisher Hermit, spent 17 years under the stars and scrub oaks of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Surviving off the land and the contributions from thousands of visitors, the Fort Fisher Hermit became one of the areas largest tourist attractions.

But Robert’s new life wasn’t as idyllic as he made it out to be, and his untimely death is marked by mystery and controversy.

This film examines the reasons that led him to become a hermit, his growing popularity, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.