The play is written by David Anthony Wright "The Hermit of Fort Fisher" explores his story.
Robert Harrill, at the age of 62 in 1955, estranged from his wife and children, moved from Shelby into an old concrete ammunition bunker south of Kure Beach in Fort Fisher. He continued to live there for years with no amenities and subsisting on what food he could catch, gather or was given.
His mysterious death in 1972 is still believed by many to be an unsolved murder.
The bunker he lived in was left over from World War II when Fort Fisher was once again used by the military, this time for anti-aircraft training. The bunker can still be seen at the Fort Fisher Aquarium.