Minutes of FPHPS Board Meeting – July 15, 2014

The FPHPS board convened at 7:00 PM on July 15, 2014.  Present were: John Gordon (Chairman), Elaine Henson, Andre’ Blouin, Byron Moore. Tony Phillips, Demetria Sapienza, Barry Nelder, Leslie and Darlene Bright.

The special meeting was called to discuss the annual budget for 2014-2015.

Demetria Sapienza addressed each budget line item and gave the rational for same.

There was a discussion of the needs for the History Center that included a more effective sign and lighting because people cannot find us.

Rebecca and Demetria have volunteered to approach local venders with copies of the Cookbook for sale in local shops.

John Gordon made a motion that dues (in all categories) be increased by $5.00 beginning July 1, 2014. Elaine Henson seconded the motion and it was carried.

Leslie Bright moved to approve the budget as presented. All approved.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM

The next board meeting will be on January 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Minutes taken by Andre’ Blouin as J. Winner was out-of-town. Any inaccuracies are by J. Winner.

Lane Holt Remembers Hurricane Hazel

As I Remember — Hurricane Hazel — Sixty Years AgoHurricane Hazel

By Lane Holt

Sixty years ago today Hazel destroyed everything our family owned-our home and our business on Carolina Beach. I still have vivid memories of the destruction. We rode out the hurricane in the Wilmington Hotel. I watched the glass window fronts in downtown burst and shatter from the pressure.

My parents and I were some of the first to be allowed back on the island.

My Dad operated the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier and Restaurant. It was the first 1000 foot pier on the east coast, we were told. This brick building that housed the tackle shop and restaurant was constructed so as to survive storms. In fact, many locals wanted to spend the night in this building thinking it would certainly survive any storm. Fortunately, local law enforcement insisted we leave the island.

The road up the northern strip to our home and pier was closed so I started running up the beach. I could immediately see that very little of our pier was left, maybe 150 ft. at most. Some of the things I will never forget as I ran up the beach— the ocean was as calm as a lake. Only a slight ripple where the water met the sand. I will never forget the smell of propane gas from tanks ripped from houses that were now rubble. A couple homes next to our pier were actually now in the ocean.

I met a couple of elderly locals, the Griffins, walking toward me. They had chosen to stay in their home on the north end and you could see they made a mistake. They were in terrible shape. Soon I could see that our tackle shop and restaurant was no more. It was flattened. No one would have survived in that building. The roof was almost one-half mile back toward the intracoastal waterway. It was an eerie sight.

Three feet of water in our home ruined everything in it. We spent many weeks with wonderful friends and neighbors until we were able to rebuild. Our meals came from the Salvation Army truck that came by twice everyday while we were cleaning up. I have not and will not ever pass a Salvation Army fundraiser without giving. I am sure I have paid them back many times over.

In loving memory of my parents, Dan and Margaret Holt.

Lane Holt


Historic Cruise – “Maritime Wilmington” – October 19, 2014

Captain Doug

Captain Doug Springer

We’re Going Cruising Again!

Sunday October 19

4:00-6:00 from downtown Wilmington

$35.00 per person

(Limited to 40 people so book early!)

To reserve tickets call FPHPS at 910-458-0502




Wilmington Water Tours

The Wilmington

Join us aboard Wilmington Water Tours flagship The Wilmington.

Our local ecological and maritime history will be narrated by Captain Doug Springer and Beverley Tetterton, who will be available to sign her new book  Maritime Wilmington.

Read: Ben Steelman’s (StarNews) review of Beverley Tetterton’s new book, Maritime Wilmington.

Beverley Tetterton

Beverley Tetterton


Maritime Wilmington

Elaine Henson – Cape Fear Beaches

Elaine HensonOctober Meeting Monday, October 20, 2014

7:30 PM

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

beach with peopleThis month’s speaker will be our very own President, Elaine Henson. Elaine will present a history of our local beaches through pictures from her personal collection.

Elaine always has plenty of “inside stories” about our area’s development so don’t miss this fascinating program.




From the President: October, 2014

Elaine Henson

Elaine Henson

Shoe Fly at Pavilion PostcardIn 1887 the pavilion in this postcard opened to excursionists at Carolina Beach. It was located near the end of Harper Avenue on the ocean. That street was named for Captain John Harper, a steamboat captain and one of the partners of the New Hanover Transit Company that operated the new resort.

Captain Harper brought the beach visitors from Wilmington down the Cape Fear River by steamer to a wharf first at Sugar Loaf and later Doctor’s Point. At the wharf they boarded the Shoo Fly train for the rest of the trip to the sea beach with the train taking them right to the back door of the pavilion.

Henry Bonitz, who designed the famous Lumina at Wrightsville Beach, also designed the 1887 pavilion at Carolina Beach. It burned in 1910 and was replaced in the same location with a new pavilion also designed by Bonitz that opened in 1911. This post card shows the 1911 building with swings, slides and other playground equipment for the kiddies.

On the Beach PostcardThe pavilion was the center of activity at the beach during the season with a bath house where you could rent bathing suits and get a shower after a dip in the ocean.

Evenings and weekend afternoons, orchestras played for dancing and concerts. Holiday activities and celebrations were also held there, even boxing exhibitions.

On September 19, 1940 a fire began in the pavilion that destroyed it and over two blocks of the boardwalk including the Bame Hotel.

Amazingly the boardwalk businesses rebuilt in time for the opening of the 1941 season earning the nickname “The South’s Miracle Beach”.

Interestingly, the arcade that burned September 25, 2014 was in the same location as the pavilions and was one of those buildings reconstructed in 1941.

Both fires were in September and 73 years apart, thankfully our recent one was way less serious.



Big Daddy’s

Featured Business of the MonthBog Daddy's #3
September, 2014

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society is very proud to welcome Big Daddy’s Restaurant of Kure Beach, NC as a new Business Member. Gerald Huffman, manager of Big Daddy’s, sent the application in August of 2014.

Big Daddy’s is located on the corner of Ft. Fisher Blvd and K Ave in Kure beach. They have been serving “Seafood at its Best” since 1965.

Big Daddy's #1 The Kure Beach location boasts a colorful and assorted history. The Eakes Family who owns the restaurant tried many ideas to serve the public in the early years.

Big Daddy’s property has been home to a miniature golf course, dune buggy rental and, “open-air” dance hall. They tried an ice cream parlor, breakfast house and, steak house. Now, the restaurant serves us the finest steak and seafood around. They are open every day from 12PM until…   Months are from spring’s opening day until the last week in September.

The History Society is very impressed with the history of Big Daddy’s and the stories it tells us of our youth and days well spent having fun in Kure Beach, NC. They continue to be a part of our history as well and an enduring part of our future. Welcome Big Daddy’s to the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society.

(FYI: Big Daddy’s also supports Ft. Anderson in Brunswick County)



Larry Cecil Bame

Larry Cecil Bame          June 8, 1939 – September 10, 2014
Son of the late James Cecil “Mike” Bame and Alice Bame who survives.MikeBame&family1951


FPHPS and Carolina Beach have lost a native son in the death of Larry Bame. He was the grandson of James Rowan and Amanda “Mandy” Ludwig Bame who came to Carolina Beach in the mid-1920s from Barber, NC eventually opening a café.  This marked the beginning of the Bame family’s relationship with Carolina Beach.  It would grow to include several beach businesses, hotels, piers, restaurants, two Carolina Beach mayors, a fire chief and span four generations.

Larry had deep roots as a Carolina Beach boy and grew up working summers at the Bame Hotel and other family businesses where he met his wife, Doris.  She was from Rowan County and also had a summer job working in the hotel dining room.

He was a quiet, unassuming and introspective man who could be overlooked, yet those who made the effort to know him found that he had much wisdom to share on meaningful aspects of life. Larry had a small and successful tool and die shop here on the island and was a faithful and loving husband to Doris, father to Melissa and Jeffrey and grandfather to his three grandsons.

He saw a lot of progress and changes to our beach community in his 75 years and could tell wonderful stories about growing up and living here. He was quite a guy in his own way and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.


Society Notes – October, 2014

 Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • Thanks to everybody who helped with our booth at Island Day on September 28. Leslie and Darlene Bright, Tony Phillips, Jean Stewart and Barry Nelder helped get our message out to the entire local community.
  • The History Center recorded 65 visitors in September. We had 40 in attendance at the September meeting. The gift shop took $136.85. The cookbooks are selling at a steady pace. The History Center was also used by Got-‘em-on Live Bait Fishing Club and the UDC-Fort Fisher Chapter. PLEASE NOTE: We have a couple of long sleeve T-shirts and some FPHPS sweatshirts on sale. T-Shirts – $5.00. Sweatshirts – $12.00. Great for yard work or other grungy projects.
  • Please welcome new lifetime members Michael and Linda Smith of Kure Beach, and Sarah Efird of Carolina Beach. A heartfelt “Welcome back” to Jimmy Bartley,” one of our earliest Presidents.
  • Thanks to Demetria Sapienza, and Darlene Bright for helping get the Newsletter in the mail this month. Also thanks to Demetria Sapienza, Jeannie Gordon, Ron Griffin, Pat Bolander and Elaine Henson for keeping the History Center open while Rebecca was away. [One more weekend in October and I’m staying put for the winter!]
  • Thanks AGAIN to Andre’ Blouin for all the time he’s put into the website. The website makes available all kinds of great information. Please take time to visit: federal-point-history.org.  Tony Phillips is keeping things growing on our Facebook page. If you are on Facebook please take time to “like” us and share our posts.
  • And don’t forget! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours please tell them you are a member of FPHPS! If you do we get a portion of your ticket price. Call us 458-0502, or them 338-3134. wilmingtonwatertours.net





We have had two wonderful prints of Carolina Beach scenes donated by Ronald Williams via. Norm Melton. Tickets are $1.00 apiece, 12 for $10.00, or 25 for $20.00. We’ll hold the drawing at the Christmas Party. You don’t have to be present to win.


 Raffle Print: Carolina Beach Boardwalk








Oral History: Farm Life on Federal Point – 1930-1956 – Part 2

[Editor: Part 2: After Howard Hewett submitted the Watermelon Patch article (Part 1), we followed up with a series of clarifying questions (blue italics).  Howard’s detailed responses provide an interesting history about the Hewett family in Federal Point during the 30’s – 50’s.]


What was your family relationship to the others in pictures?

Wayne Hewett Bell and Alex Hewett Bell are my first cousins.  The Hewett Bells are my dad’s sister’s boys.  I was the photographer with my Brownie Hawkeye camera.

Was the Watermelon patch a Hewett enterprise or a Lewis / Hewett / Davis enterprise?

The watermelon patch was a Hewett enterprise.

Was the 4-5 acre patch located on the Hewett property?

Yes, we owned land from the Atlantic to the Cape Fear River.

What was the acreage of Hewett property? (Google Maps)

Davis Road to Fort Fisher Gates - Marker is Howard Hewett Home.

Davis Road to Fort Fisher Gates
Flag is Howard Curtis Hewett Family Home

That’s something about which I have not given a lot of thought….it was about 100-125 yards wide and about one mile from the Atlantic to the Cape Fear River.

Let’s see:  125 yards x 3 = 375 ft.  (1 mile in ft.= 5280 ft.) 5280 x 375 = 1,980,000 sq. ft. (43,560 sq.ft. in an acre)  so 1,980,000 divide by 43,560 = 45.45 acres.

The property was purchased by my Grandfather Albert Walker Hewett. (1879-1935)

The Lewis property ran from the Fort Fisher gate to the side of ours and was basically the same size as the Hewett property.  It was purchased by my Great-Grandfather William Lewis (1861-1903).

John Davis’ property was on the Kure Beach side of us but he purchased more land.  He had land on both sides of Davis Road.  Growing up we did not call it Davis Road; it was just the road to Uncle John & Aunt Becky’s house.  Aunt Becky Hewett Davis was my Grandfather’s sister.  John and his son Lee Otha Davis farmed also.

Foot note:   William Edward Lewis (1863-1903) drowned during a sudden storm as he was bringing the family’s livestock to Federal Point onboard a Sharpie schooner from Shallotte inlet through southern outer shoals of the Cape Fear River.  He is buried in an unmarked grave in Southport, NC.

Did you have older brothers or sisters to help with the work?

No.  I was the oldest.  Tom & Jackie were too young to work the farm during period of story.

Did your dad (besides working at Ethyl Dow) do all or most of the tending to the patch?

Grandmother and Albert Walker Hewett Home - directly across 421- outside Fort Fisher ,NC

Grandmother and Albert Walker Hewett Home – located directly across Hwy 421 from the author’s family home, just outside the Fort Fisher Gates,

My grandfather Albert Walker Hewett operated the farm until his death in 1935.  My dad, Howard Curtis Hewett, worked the farm growing up.  Dad was 21 when his father died so he continued to take care of the farm.

The Hewetts & Lewises moved from Lockwood Folly Township (Boones Neck, near the Shallotte Inlet) Brunswick County, NC to Federal Point between the years of 1900-1903.

The Hewetts moved to North Carolina in 1752 from Cape May, NJ.   The family made their living as whalers. In North Carolina they continued fishing but warmer weather was more conducive to farming. The Hewett family owned a sizable amount of land in Brunswick County.  One of the Hewett daughters married a man whose last name was Holden.  Land changed hands… thus, Holden Beach … I do not know if this change of hands was due to dollars or a wedding dowry.

The patriarch of our family in North Carolina was Joseph Hewett (1700-1795). He had eleven children and five brothers so the number of Hewetts in Brunswick Co. grew exponentially over the years.  I am a direct descendant of Joseph. When I say we owned land, I am speaking collectively as a part of the Hewett clan.

The time period of the story is mostly Dad’s operation.  We grew corn, strawberries, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and pole beans.  When Grandfather Albert Walker was living, he provided vegetables for Grandfather Roebuck’s Grocery Store in Wilmington.  Albert’s spring pole beans were the first to market because of the location of the farm on the river.  The Castle Hayne farms north of Wilmington were several weeks later because of their northern location.

The family garden was at my grandmother’s.   One of my remembrance stories that I have in draft form is our life and how we provided a living on Federal Point.   I certainly was working on the river farm at a young age, disking land & tilling after school and always working on Saturday. The “Do Gooders” would be up in arms today if they saw an eight-year-old on an open-wheeled tractor pulling a disc.


[Editor:  Continue reading … Part 3 Where Howard describes farming life experiences for the Lewis, Hewett and Davis families in Federal Point during the 30’s – 50’s.]


Oral History: Farm Life on Federal Point – 1930-1956 – Part 3

[Editor: In Part 3, Howard Hewett writes about the Hewett family history, and the building of the their family homes that still exist in Kure Beach, 76 – 78 years later.   After Howard Hewett submitted the Watermelon Patch article (Part 1), we followed up with these clarifying questions (blue italics).]   Read Part 2 – for the earlier questions.


Do you have any knowledge of the commercial market for watermelons in Wilmington / Federal Point at that time period?

I am not sure if there were others but dad’s patch was the only one south of Kure Beach.   Now, the Ryder Lewis Jr. (FPHPS Oral History) family may have done some farming along Snow Cut.

As you know, during and after the depression making ends meet was tough.  Wages were depressed all the way up to the mid 60’s.  Most folks had some type of garden.

Ryder Lewis Jr.’s father was Ryder Lewis Sr.  Senior’s father was Samuel Lewis; his father was George Washington Lewis.  George Washington Lewis was my grandmother’s Grandfather (Addie Jane Lewis Hewett)

Another Footnote:  The Hewetts (Grandfather Albert and Grandmother Addie Jane) settled on the east bank of the Cape Fear River in 1911.  The general location is on the river just to the right of the main entrance to the Air Force Radar Station. This area is now used as a military recreational facility.  Dad (Howard Curtis Hewett Sr.) and Aunt Virginia (Virginia Hewett Bell) were both born in this location.   Long after the house was torn down, as late as the 1970; grandmother’s flowers still could be seen in the spring.

Lewis’ home on the river.  Standing on the steps is Addie Jane Hewett with son Howard Curtis Hewett Sr. (my Dad). Photo taken after 1935.

Lewis’ home on the river. Standing on the steps is Addie Jane Hewett with son Howard Curtis Hewett Sr. (my Dad). Photo taken after 1935.

After a fire at the original river home; located where the military recreational facility is now, Grandmother Addie Jane & Grandfather Albert lived in the Lewis Cape Fear River home (FPHPS Oral History) for a period of time while the new house was being built.  The new house was about 150 yards from the Atlantic.

Grandfather Albert died (1935) before the house on the Atlantic side was completed so dad and Uncle Crawford Lewis completed grandmother’s house.

One other side note while I am thinking about the old home place on the river:
A Quote from Col. William Lamb, Commander of Fort Fisher: Concerning the Powder Vessel

“I watched the burning vessel for half an hour … Returning to my quarters, I felt a gentle rocking of the small brick house … which I would have attributed to imagination or vertigo, but it was instantly followed by an explosion, sounding very little louder than the report of a ten-inch Columbiad … The vessel was doubtless afloat when the explosion occurred (as opposed to grounded), or the result might have been very serious.”

The interesting side note about this quote is Dad showed me the remains of a brick building that he referred to as the Lamb House, which was maybe 50 yards north of Grandfather and Grandmother Hewett’s home on the river.  At the time, I was possibly eight to ten years old.

Hewett home on the beach. Photo taken from Grandmother Addie Jane’s house.

Howard Curtis Hewett family home on the beach.
Photo taken from Grandmother Addie Jane’s house.

Dad started construction on his house on the beach front in 1932 and it was completed before Mother and Dad were married in 1938.

The house was located directly across the highway (421) from Grandmother Addie Jane’s house. Dad was working at Ethyl Dow so there was little time for house construction and money was very tight.

The Lewis family home was on the river and was still being lived in by Uncle Edward when I was just old enough to remember.  They later moved to Kure Beach and opened a grocery-service station.  Isabel Lewis Foushee is Edward Lewis daughter, (FPHPS Oral History).  Tom Foushee is Isabel’s son.

Howard Curtis Hewett Home at Fort Fisher - 1955

Curtis Hewett Family Home at Fort Fisher – 1955

Uncle Crawford had built a home next to Grandfather Albert and Grandmother Addie Jane’s house about a hundred fifty yards off the beach.

The family continued to do what they could to provide for the family by farming, raising cattle, pigs, chicken for eggs & food and fishing.  Actually Albert Walker provided vegetables for Grandfather Roebuck Grocery Store in Wilmington.  Albert spring pole beans were the first to market because of the location of the farm on the river.  The Castle Hayne farms were several weeks later because of northern location.

My remembrance of my grandmother Addie Jane was she was a hard-working Christian woman not unlike most women cut from the same pioneer cloth.

Her days consisted of gardening, preparing chickens for dinner (this was not running down to Kroger or HEB to grab chicken from the meat case.)  Preparing chicken started by selecting the right bird from the chicken yard and placing it’s head on the pine stub. You know the story of someone running around like a “Chicken with its head cut off”.

Grandmother's house after it was moved to Kure Beach. (Photo 1991)

Grandmother’s house after it was moved to Kure Beach. (Photo 1991)

Albert Walker also did carpenter work to provide for the family and he and Dad built the Hewett family home. (above, right, across Hwy 421 from Grandmother and Albert Walker Hewett Home).

Our complete farming acreage was lost when the government annexed land on both sides of the river for the buffer zone for the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point near Southport.

The Government buffer zone came just behind Grandmother’s house.  It actually encompassed the family garden.

When Grandmother died in 1986 at age of 95, the remaining property was split between my Aunt Virginia Hewett Bell and my Dad.  At that time, I think there was only about 3-4 acres left.  Dad had sold the ocean front property shortly after we left for Texas in 1956.

After the property was sold, Grandmother’s house was moved to Kure Beach.


[Editor: Grandmother’s house (Part 2) was moved to 326 S 4th Ave, Kure Beach – (Google Maps) – where it still stands, after 78 years.]

[Editor:  The author’s family home described in this article, still stands today (after 76 years) in Kure Beach.  It’s located at 833 S. Ft. Fisher Blvd, Kure Beach, NC – (Google Maps)]


833 S Fort Fisher Blvd (green house). </br> Viewed toward Fort Fisher Gates from Marquesa Way

833 S Fort Fisher Blvd (green house)  View toward Fort Fisher Gates from Marquesa Way, (Sept, 2014)

The author in front of Hewett Family Home. 833 S Ft. Fisher Blvd  Fort Fisher, NC (around 1994)

The author in front of Hewett Family Home. 833 S Ft. Fisher Blvd Fort Fisher, NC (around 1994)