Gift Shop – New Vintage Postcards

New in the Gift Shop!

Last month (July, 2012) we featured the new Ocean Plaza t-shirts, which are selling well.

This month we’ve added a new line of vintage postcards, note cards and magnets. We’ve found a company in California that reprints postcards from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. Luckily they already had a number of images of Carolina Beach in their catalog and we are now carrying them in the gift shop. If these go well we may have others made from the postcards we have in our collection.

Magnets: $4.00

Magnets: $4.00


Notecards: $4.00

Note Cards: $4.00








Postcards $1.50

Postcards $1.50


We also have signed copies of Kevin Duffus’s two books The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate and War Zone: WWII off the Coast of North Carolina.

Society Notes – August, 2012

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • This month we recorded 73 members and guests at our July meeting. We had 64 visitors to the History Center throughout the month. The gift shop took in $352.58!
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers; Lois Taylor, and Demetria Sapienza for helping get the newsletter into the mail, and to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter. Thanks also to Sylvia Snook for covering the History Center desk so Rebecca could be off.
  • Treasurer’s Report: The 2012-2013 budget was approved as presented by Demetria and Darlene. Thanks to the Town of Carolina Beach for their ongoing support. We should be able to make it through another year without cuts in programs and services.
  • New Members: Welcome to new members Andrew Mackie of Yadkinville, Karen and Terry Linehan of Carolina Beach, and Diane Upton and Doug Springer of Wilmington Water Tours.
  • Thanks to Sylvia and Demetria for cleaning the History Center this month. We still need volunteers for August, September, and October.
  • Our sympathies to the family of Society member Jean Nance who passed away on August 1 after a short illness.



A committee consisting of Darlene Bright, Cheri McNeill, Demetria Sapienza, and Ann Hertzler is beginning to work on a new edition of the cookbook the Society published in 1997.

We hope to add new recipes so dig out your recipe box and think about donating some of your favorites to us. We also hope to include many more historic pictures and stories to make it both unique and collectible. We would be glad to have suggestions for historical events you’d like to see included.

We will also need TYPISTS to type the old (and new) recipes into electronic format. Please let one of the committee members know if you can take some pages to re-type.

Oral History – Faye and Norris Teague – Part 2: ‘Sand Castle Hotel’

Compiled and edited by Ann Hertzler

About 1967 the Teagues moved to Carolina Beach. After leaving the bus line, Norris owned and operated a Gulf service station across from the First Baptist Church. A lot of service station customers were airman from Ft. Fisher which had about 300 airmen on duty. In 1967, they moved to a house at 5th and Hamlet.

Faye was working 2 or 3 jobs. One was at Monty’s Restaurant owned by Ed Brown serving mostly sandwiches and fries and shakes. Bowman’s Restaurant is there now. Herman Dingler who owned the Texaco Station owned the ambulance which answered wrecks. Families took members to the emergency room when such services were needed.

Sand Castle Motel

Sand Castle Motel

Sand Castle Inn

Sand Castle Inn

When Norris sold the service station, he went into real estate for about 2 years. He was in the process of selling the Sand Castle Motel when he ended up buying it about 1973. It had 32 rooms and the Teague living quarters with 4 bedrooms. Kure Beach had utilities, water, electricity, phone, trash, and sewer.

Norris Teague

Norris Teague

Jerry Bigley’s Store at the corner of K street was a convenience store for tourists. There was an A & P at Carolina Beach. Hurricane Fran in the mid 90s got into the motel and pool.

Faye decorated her home at the motel at Christmas time for 16 years. Their home was often on the Island-of-Lights Christmas tour. She especially liked Hallmark and Possible Dreams brands – unusual things.

Norris ran the Sand Castle motel for several years. Son Gary was the main help at the Motel. The motel was opened all year unless they needed to go somewhere.

Some fisherman cleaned fish in the bathtub. Fish scales stopped up the drain. What a mess. Most cleaned fish at the pier. When they first opened in 1973, rooms were about $22 a night. By 2005, many were getting $75 or $80.

Five rooms had kitchenettes. They built a gazebo out back where families could celebrate together. Two got married at the gazebo.  The Teagues had a lot of repeat business at the motel. It was easy to talk and become friends. The motel had overflow from those attending the Lutheran Center.

Norris is the only man on the island that has served on both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach councils. He resigned from Carolina Beach after they bought the motel in Kure Beach. Lee Wrenn was mayor; later it was Tommy Cosby. Norris was on the Board of Adjustment at Carolina Beach. Faye served on the Beautification Committee, the Community Center Committee, and the Tourist Development Authority (TDA).

In about 2000, there were 11 or more motels in Kure Beach – Nelsons, Tradewinds, Docksiders, Seashore, Sandcastle, Morans (Ronny Purnell). Six are now gone.

Faye Teague

Faye Teague

The Sand Castle Motel was sold and torn down. Teague’s moved across the street, right on the beach. Before this, they hadn’t been to the beach for 25 years. Faye looked at it from her bedroom at the motel. Now (2006) they have the largest yard of all with the ocean in front. Norris mows the whole block on both sides. Teagues say “Kure Beach is a good place to live.”

The Sand Castle Inn in it’s previous incarnation as <br /> Wrenn’s Motel

The Sand Castle Inn in it’s previous incarnation as Wrenn’s Motel



From the President – August, 2012

Barry Nelder

Barry Nelder

The slate of officers for the 2012-2013 year was presented to the members at our July Meeting. The slate was approved in a unanimous vote. At our first Board meeting, on July 23, John Gordon was elected as Chairman of the Board. A motion was also made that our elected officers become ex officio voting members of the Board. All but two members of the board were present and the major item on the agenda was reviewing and adopting the 2012-2013 budget.

Things may be a bit tight this year, as we did not all the local government support we had hoped for but with some juggling we should be able to continue all the projects and services currently in progress. Several new projects will have to be put off to another year. A donor has offered to cover the cost of the laptop and computer projector we need so badly for History Center programs. That gives us a second computer for use by volunteers at the History Center. Two upcoming capital projects we are still working on finding funding for are a new carpet for the History Center and new shelving and storage racks for the Library/Archives. Darlene is working on firm cost estimates for these two projects.

We had a wonderful turn out for our July program which was sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council. We packed 73 people into the History Center. At least two-thirds were non-members from the community. Our program for August will be Morris Bass, of the CSS Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston. Looks like we will have another great program – see you all there.

Monthly Meeting Report – August, 2012

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society held its monthly meeting on Monday, August 20, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121- A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Morris Bass

Morris Bass

Our speaker this month was Morris Bass who taled on the NC Quartermaster system during the Civil War. He spoke about how NC prepared to supply its regiments with supplies and items that were being brought in through the blockade during the war. His talk was based on the years he has spent doing research in the NC quartermaster records which are located in the State Archives in Raleigh.

Mr. Bass, a native of Sampson County, has had an interest in history from an early age.

He started working at Bentonville Battleground as the “uniformed” interpreter in 1987 and worked there part-time until 1992. He graduated from Mount Olive College with a Bachelors of Science Degree in History in 1992. He worked as the Mary Holloway Seasonal Interpreter at Fort Fisher in 1993 and again in 1994. He continued to work part time at Fort Fisher from 1993-1996.

From 1996-1999 he worked as a full time Interpreter I at Fort Fisher. He was then hired as the Interpreter II at the Caswell/ Neuse Site in 1999 and is still working there, where he is Operations Manager at the CSS Caswell Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston.