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What causes a 62 year-old man to travel from his lifelong mountain home to coastal North Carolina and a life free of house, job or means of support? Robert E. Harrill, “The Fort Fisher Hermit,” lived for 17 years under the stars, off the land and with contributions from his many visitors. During the late 1960s, Harrill even became our state’s second largest tourist attraction as thousands of visitors lined up to hear his philosophies at "The School of Common Sense."
Now experience this unique individual through one-of-a-kind interviews, rare photographs and vintage footage in The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life & Death of Robert E. Harrill. This enthralling documentary, by Wilmington filmmaker Rob Hill and narrated by Barry Corbin, explores the human behind “The Hermit”—from his tumultuous origins to his mysterious death.
The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life & Death of Robert E. Harrill - Official Documentary Website
As the official online companion to The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life & Death of Robert E. Harrill program, this informative website provides in-depth information, synopsis, and news about this intriguing documentary by Common Sense Films filmmaker Rob Hill and narrated by Barry Corbin.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina's ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments, this coastal attraction provides tours of the scenic sites seen in The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life & Death of Robert E. Harrill.
The Hermit's Guide to Spirituality - By Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards knew Robert Harill for many years, and in 1993 was elected president of The Fort Fisher Hermit Society. In this insightful webpage, Edwards encapsulates much of the background and beliefs behind Harrill's storied "School of Common Sense."