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We currently have a WIDE range of T-Shirts (short and long sleeve) and sweatshirts including the Ocean Plaza T-shirt which you will only find here.


• T-Shirts (short and long sleeve) $14.00

• Sweatshirts $20.00.

• Something For All Ages

• Music CDs by John Golden

• Vintage Views of Carolina Beach

• Books – with local content


The History Center is open on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Snow’s Cut Bridge

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society held its monthly meeting on Monday, November 18, at 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

This month we had a very special program. Mr. Vernon Meshaw, a scrap metal dealer from Pender County is donating the large metal plaque that was once mounted on the Swing Bridge that crossed Snow’s Cut to the Society. The bridge was used from 1931 to 1962 when the present high rise concrete bridge was opened.

Mr. Meshaw helped us finally solve the mystery of where the Swing Bridge went when it was no longer needed at Snow’s Cut as he tells us the story of how he came to be in possession of the plaque. Then Frankie Jones, one of our members, talked briefly about her father, the last bridge tender of the Swing Bridge. Elaine Henson concluded with a pictorial program featuring the bridge and its history.

This was a truly unique event and a look at some very important history of Federal Point.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society meetings are free and open to the public.

Swing-Bridge - Snows Cut

Snow's Cut Swing Bridge Plaque - Donated to FPHPS on Nov. 18, 2013

Snow’s Cut Swing Bridge Plaque – Donated to FPHPS on Nov. 18, 2013

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Civil War Prisoner Exchange with Dr. Chris Fonvielle – Nov. 17, 2013

November 17th – Sunday
Civil War Prisoner Exchange with Dr. Chris Fonvielle

Do Not Miss This One!


Dr. Chris Fonvielle will join us as we cruise up the beautiful Northeast Cape Fear River in her fall colors, bringing her Colonial and Civil War History alive. Our final destination is 25 miles upriver from Wilmington to Captain Doug and Diane’s house in Castle Hayne. We will then return to Wilmington with a second group being shuttled up from Wilmington in a very comfortable ride.

Chris FonvielleOnce at our destination & in the spirit of tradition and for fun we will transfer our passengers in the form of a “Prisoner Exchange.” We promise not to abuse you too much, but as you know, not all prisoners survived their ordeal.

Make your reservation for either of the trips, but please do so soon. Dr. Fonvielle’s trips are always well received and tend to sell out quickly.

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Oral History – Mike Robertson – Part 1: ‘Family’

Interviewed by Jeannie and John Gordon

Hans Kure, Sr. came down here I think around World War I, he incorporated the Land Development Company. He had 4 or 5 children, 2 of which were Hans, Jr. and Lawrence. Hans, Jr. was married to my grandmother, Jenny Linder. Lawrence was a traveling salesman and he wanted to marry my grandmother. He was away on trips and whatnot, and Hans came in the back door and he beat him to the punch. So, they were married and they lived either/or upstairs and he lived downstairs. And I think they worked together at the beach and I think the father was also involved in it. Hans, Jr. passed away and he had 5 girls including my mother.

Mike Robertson

Mike Robertson

Then within 11 months, Lawrence was married to her. My mother was 16, I think, because that was her senior year of high school, back then. She came for their honeymoon! From 1917, when my mother was born, and you add 16 to that, that would have been the year that they were married. But he treated the girls….they were his girls and there was never any question….

My mother met my father, Bill, during the War. They were both working at the shipyard and they got married and had 3 children, me, my older sister Pat, and the middle one is Toni. For the first couple/three years they lived up near Winston.

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Swing Bridge at Snow’s Cut 1931-1962

by Elaine Henson

This two lane swing bridge was in place from 1931 until the present concrete high-rise bridge opened on August 18, 1962.

The Swing Bridge at Snow’s Cut 1931-1962

The Swing Bridge at Snow’s Cut 1931-1962

In 1927 Congress authorized the continuation of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Beaufort, NC to the mouth of the Cape Fear River, adding to the 800 miles of waterway already in use from Cape Cod to Beaufort. This part of the sheltered inland passage measured 93 miles and was under the supervision of Major William Arthur Snow of the Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District. A graduate of West Point and MIT and a WWI decorated veteran, Snow planned the route through natural inlets, sounds, salt water rivers, bays and one land cut.

That cut was from Seabreeze to the Cape Fear River transforming the Federal Point peninsula into an island thus requiring a bridge to be constructed. A temporary wooden bridge spanning the new waterway was built in just ten days in February of 1930. It served until a permanent steel swing bridge opened September 9, 1931. This two lane swing bridge was in place from 1931 until the present concrete high-rise bridge opened on August 18, 1962.

Snows Cut_Swing Bridge Plaque

Plaque reads:
Intracoastal Waterway From Beaufort To Cape Fear River NC
Built Under The Direction Of The Corps Of Engineers USA
For The N C State Highway Commission
Built By The Roanoke Bridge and Iron Works Inc.
Roanoke Va

For many years theories of what happened to the swing bridge after 1962 swirled around the area. Some said it was destroyed; others believed it was still in use in South Carolina, but no proof of either was ever documented. The question was put to rest a few weeks ago when Mr. Vernon Meshaw of Pender County contacted the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society. He revealed that the bridge had been purchased by the town of Sunset Beach. After determining it could not be retrofitted for their use, Sunset Beach contacted Mr. Meshaw to cut it up and sell it for scrap which he did.



From the President – Nov. 2013

From the President, Barry Nelder

Society Presents 75 year plaque to Carolina Beach School.  

On Saturday November 2nd, the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society presented one of our historic plaques to the Carolina Beach School in celebration of their seventy-fifth anniversary. It was a great event, hugely attended and we were honored to be part of it.

Part of the fun was seeing Juanita Winner, Frankie Jones, and Pat Jones from the “Kindergarten class of 49!”

CBES @ 75 Years CBES 75 YearsCBES_75years_1













December 2013 Meeting

Christmas Holly

Christmas Holly

Our December meeting is our Christmas potluck. It is on Monday, December 16 (our usual 3rd Monday of the month) but will begin at 6:30 and will be held at the Kure Beach Lutheran Church, where it has been for several years.

We still need volunteers to help get things set up and cleaned up. PLEASE let Rebecca know if you are available to give us a hand.

Society Notes – Nov. 2013

Society Notes
Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • Please keep long time member Mike Coleman and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Mike’s mother, Dixie Coleman, passed away November 2. She will be missed by all who knew her.
  • This month we recorded 28 members at our October meeting. The History Center recorded 73 visitors! The gift shop took in $144.00. The History Center was used by Got-‘em-on Live and The Fort Fisher Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
  • Thanks to Sylvia Snook, Darlene Bright, Elaine Henson, Ron Griffin, and Pat Bolander for keeping the History Center open while Rebecca was off!
  • Thanks to our History Center Volunteers Carl Filipiak and Ron Griffin for working on the cataloging of the subject files. That project is finally beginning to move ahead.
  • Work on the new web site is underway. A huge thanks to Andre’ Blouin for helping design, set up and teach us how to maintain this much needed upgrade.
  • Newsletter: Thanks to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter and Lois Taylor for her help getting the Newsletter in the mail.
  • A big thanks to Wilmington Water Tours for their donation of 20% of the ticket price of tours booked through the History Center. We received a check for $105.00 from them in October.

Monthly Meeting Report – October, 2013

October, 2013 Meeting Report

Last month our speaker was Ron Griffin, an engineering graduate from MIT, who worked in the aerospace field until his retirement. Now his hobby is geneology by computer. Ron offered to help any member explore their family history. Just sign your request with Rebecca in the History Center office. He listed the range of websites available and showed what they could produce for you.

The US census collects much information and it is not revealed to the public for 72 years, which means the 1940 details were just released in 2012. He then explained about the new genetic testing that can be done to find out your general ancestry and talked about what you can find out, and what you can’t.


Sweet Potato Yum Yum

Contributed by: Doris BameSweet Potato Yum Yum

2 1/2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup coconut

1 small can crushed pineapple
1 (4 oz.) bottle maraschino cherries and juice
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. flour

Mix sweet potatoes, sugar, egg, vanilla, and coconut. Put into greased 2 quart casserole. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Mix pineapple, cherries, juice, 1 cup sugar, and flour. Cook until thick. Spread over potato mixture and serve.