Federal Point Methodist Church Cemetery and Newton Cemetery

Federal Point Methodist Church Cemetery – and adjacent Newton Cemetery – November 12, 2014

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A complete image listing of the tombstones in the Federal Point Methodist Church Cemetery

Location:  off Dow Rd South near Ocean Blvd Carolina Beach in Carolina Beach, NC.


LeRae Umfleet – World War I and North Carolina

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, November 17, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

LeRae Umfleet, Chief of Collection Management for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, will return to share her newest program.

LeRae Umfleet

LeRae Umfleet

It has been argued that World War I created the modern world by undermining European aristocracy, shifting national borders, industrializing warfare and expanding the public realm of women.

The war also changed North Carolinians. North Carolina emerged from this first global conflict less rural, more worldly and better equipped to serve the nation through industry, military installations and shipbuilding enterprises at our ports.

Although the United States did not formally enter the war until 1917, the first Tar Heels left North Carolina to join the French Foreign Legion 100 years ago in August 1914. However, once the United States declared war against Germany in April 1917, North Carolinians supported the war effort and rallied behind President Woodrow Wilson when he said that America was fighting for democracy in what would be called “a war to end all wars.”

LeRae will be discussing the lives and experiences of North Carolinians on the home front and the battlefield during the Great War. She is particularly interested in sharing the stories of men and women who went to Europe early in the war and sacrificed their lives and safety for what they believed to be right and honorable, well before the US joined the war effort.

From the President: November, 2014

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by Elaine Henson

This card gives us a glimpse of downtown Carolina Beach in the early 1940s at the corner of Lake Park Boulevard and Harper Avenue.

The building on the right is the Carolina Beach Drugstore showing its distinctive battlement parapet; some of the druggists who operated it over the years were Luther Bunch, Wilbur Adams, Neil and Nancy Adams Musselwhite and former mayor Neil Pharr.

You can see a sign near the street which confirms that the drug store also housed a bus station during WWII and beyond. Laney Real Estate now occupies the former drug store.

Carolina Beach’s post office, at that time, was located in the tan building across the street called Brewer’s Inn. Bank of America and its parking lot are now in that spot.

The three and a half story building just left of the drug store (on the card) was Risley’s Cottages and Rooms. It was on the corner of Harper Avenue and Canal Drive and had a grocery store on the bottom level. It sat across the street from the Royal Palm Hotel on the southwest corner of Harper and Canal.

The Royal Palm was remodeled and reopened as the Hotel Astor in 1983. The Astor burned in 2005; its site remains a vacant lot used by the amusement rides in the summer season.

Oral History – Ethyl-Dow Plant – Part 3

by Howard Hewett  

Ethyl-Dow Plant in Kure Beach, NC
Lem’s recent Ethyl Dow post is one that I can add some additional history to because the Ethyl Dow Chemical Co. had a direct impact on my family. My Dad went to work for Ethyl Dow in 1933 as a laborer helping clear the land for the Kure Beach Plant.

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As construction progressed, Dad continued to work at the plant site. When the plant started operations, he became a plant operator, then shift foreman, plant foreman and later Supervisor. After the war when the demand lessened for ethylene dibromide, the plant was mothballed but it was kept in semi-running condition. Dad maintained his role as supervisor of the remaining crew.

When the decision was made to demolish the plant, Dad & his crew were responsible for clearing all the equipment. Then most mechanical equipment was sold to potential buyers.

In 1953, our family moved to Freeport, Texas for a 1 year project at the Ethyl Dow plant there. Dad was somewhat an expert in the packing of the blowing out towers which had a special lath packing made of cypress. The project included purchasing the cypress, manufacturing the lath packing and installing it in the towers.

We returned to Federal Point in 1954 just in time for hurricane Hazel. By 1956, the plant was cleared and all equipment sold. Dad turned the key to the Office building over to a demolition contractor.

If you viewed the YouTube video – History of the Ethyl Dow Plant (Island Ecology for Educators-Final Project), produced by Johnny Reinhold in 2012 and recently posted on Facebook by Lem Woods, some of the concrete & brick rubble material from the plant demolition was later used at Fort Fisher to combat beach erosion. The article is a fairly accurate history of the Kure Beach plant.

In 1956, the Hewett family moved back to Freeport, Texas where Dad continued to work for Ethyl Dow until the shutting down of the Texas Operation plant in early 1970’s.  Again, Dad was given the responsibility for clearing the Freeport plant, selling the equipment and turning the plant over to a demolition contractor.

During Dad’s 47 year Dow career he worked in two Ethyl Dow plants, 1400 miles apart and had the distinction of walk out the front door and turning the front door key to demolition contractors which ended the existence of the Ethyl Dow Chemical Co.

As to the Ethyl Dow plant at Kure Beach, Dad was able to save some photo history of the plant. I have post some of the photos here with a comment attached to each picture.


Originally posted by Howard Hewett to: Carolina Beach Locals on Facebook – Tuesday, August, 19 2014

History of the Ethyl Dow Plant
   (YouTube video)
Produced by Johnny Reinhold


Gold From the Sea?   (great visuals of the Kure Beach Ethyl-Dow plant)
Popular Mechanics,  Jun, 1934



What is the Ethyl-Dow plant?
by: Ben Steelman – Wilmington StarNews – April, 2009

Chemical plant’s remnants removed to make room for homes in Kure Beach
by: Shannan Bowen –  Wilmington StarNews – Nov. 23, 2010

Ethyl-Dow plant to be commemorated (60 year anniversary)
by:  Jerry McElreath – StarNews – May 21, 1993

Dow Chemical Company – Early History – Wikipedia

Ethyl-Dow Operators–  Initial Meeting (Wilmington Star, 5-11-39)

Images of Ethyl Dow Plant – Google Images




Island Tackle

Featured Business of the Month – November 2014

Island Tackle and Hardware

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Island TackleIsland Tackle and Hardware, a TrueValue store, is also a valued Business Member of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society.

While the name gives away the fact that they are very interested in fishing, don’t miss out on seeing everything they have to offer the community.

A first class hardware store as well as a shop for gifts to fit anyone’s imagination. And don’t forget the gas for the BBQ. Pull up to the tank and fill up.

They are located at 801 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428. Or visit them online at http://islandtacklehardware.com/index.htm . They have an online store but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, call them at 910-458-3049.

Island Tackle and Hardware, is a True Value Hardware Store and a “Full Service Fishing Paradise.” Visit them soon and tell them that you too are members of FPHPS.Gone_Fishing_3

Society Notes – November, 2014

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • DONATIONS! Thanks to Judy and Byron Moore for purchasing the rack to hold all the folding chairs at the History Center. It will make set-up and clean-up SO much easier! And thanks to Norm Melton for donating a seashell sculpture made by his mother Marie. It is a great example of the kind of beach souvenir that was popular on the boardwalk in its heyday.
  • WWT Cruise: Thanks to Beverly Tetterton and Doug Springer for their wonderful narration of the historic and natural history of the Wilmington waterfront, Eagles Island, and Navassa. I ALWAYS learn something new when I take one of Wilmington Water Tours excursions.
  • Thanks to everybody who helped at our refreshment stand at the “Friends of Fort Fisher” Concert on November 1. Darlene and Demetria spent a good deal of time figuring out what to sell and purchasing it all. The work crew that afternoon/evening included Demetria and Phil Sapienza, Andre Blouin and Nancy Gadzuk, and Tony Phillips and his friend Melanie. They loaded up coolers, and cases of drinks, drove it to Brunswick County, set it all up to sell, and then hauled the leftovers back to the History Center, unloaded it, and inventoried what didn’t sell.
  • The History Center recorded 84 visitors in October. We had 35 in attendance at the October meeting. The gift shop took $144.88. 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, and the Committee for the Carolina Beach Walk of Fame. 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 members Robert and Liz Greenwald of Wilmington.
  • Thanks to Sylvia Snook, Juanita Winner, Pat Bolander and Ron Griffin for keeping the History Center open while Rebecca was away.
  • Thanks to Andre’ Blouin for contributing time and energy into our growing website.   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.