The Heroine of Confederate Point

By Susi Clontz

Daisy Lamb

Daisy Lamb

During the American Civil War while the men joined the ranks of the military, women were left behind to care for farms, businesses, and to raise families.

The women learned that war meant being involved, challenged, and committed to their country, their husbands and community. These strong, determined women were the hopes, dreams, and reality that kept these soldiers fighting for a Southern nation.

One such lady was Sarah Anne Chaffee Lamb – known as Daisy.

Daisy was the wife of Colonel William Lamb, the young commander of the earthen Fort Fisher. In 1863 she left her parents home in Rhode Island to share the hardships and uncertain times of the South with her husband.

Traveling under a flag of truce, she courageously set out for her husband’s new home with her two oldest children, leaving the youngest, Willie, with her parents.

Upon arrival she settled into a quaint, but comfortable pine cottage just north of the fort at Craig’s Landing, a dock overlooking the Cape Fear River.

Here she became known as a gracious hostess, entertaining many famous English naval officers and other influential people. She endured herself to the fort’s garrison by helping tend to the sick and wounded soldiers.

On the morning of January 12, 1865, the Federal fleet appeared on the Fort Fisher horizon. Lamb sent a message to Daisy to get herself and the children packed and ready to leave the fort.

Daisy Lamb

Daisy Lamb

When Lamb later checked on his family, he found Daisy in bed not disturbed by the Federal threat. He quickly gathered his family, helped them pack, and escorted them to his barge that carried them safely across the river to Orton Plantation.

After the fall of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865, Daisy lost contact with her husband. She finally found him in a Federal hospital. Totally devoted to her husband, she stayed there nursing him back to health while he was a prisoner. After his release, they returned to Norfolk, Virginia, where they had a family of eleven children.

[Editor’s Note (1996): This is Susi Clontz ’s first article for the Newsletter; it originally appeared in the June, 1996 issue of Island Moments.]

[Text was originally published in the August 1996 Newsletter – Federal Point Historic Preservation Society


[2015: Additional resources]

Faces of Fort FisherFaces of Fort Fisher 1861 – 1864 – Chris Fonvielle, Jr.
Available in the History Center Bookstore


William & Mary Digital Archive:
William Lamb Diary
– Typescript of the diary of William Lamb, 1865 (pdf)

Transcript of Diary of Colonel William Lamb: Oct. 24, 1864 to Jan. 14, 1865 (pdf)

Sarah Lamb – NC Historic Sites

Heart, Hearth and Home: The life of Colonel and Mrs. (Daisy) Lamb
By Amy Hotz –





A Brief History of Sedgeley Abbey

[Editor Note:  Sedgeley Abbey resources]

What was Sedgeley Abbey?
Ben Steelman,  StarNews

The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South
By Andrew W. Kahrl . 2012
Google Books

Tales and Traditions of the Lower Cape Fear, 1661-1896
By James Sprunt
Google Books

By Sandy Jackson

[Originally published in the January, 1995 – FPHPS Newsletter]

Sedgley Abbey Plantation same area- different spelling

Sedgley Abbey Plantation
same location – different spelling

On the peninsula south of Wilmington, about a half-mile north of Snow’s Cut, just northeast of Doctor Point, was a large tract of land on which was located a colonial mansion known as Sedgeley Abbey.

The land was probably not used as a rice plantation, although some of the property was in inland swamp. Most of the land, however, seems to have been a sandy plain, thinly covered with pines and scrub oaks. The property located near Gander Hall also touched the Haulover plantation on the sea-side.

Sedgeley Abbey was built in the 1700s, possibly by William Lord. Sedgeley Abbey, constructed from coquina, was described “as one of the grandest colonial residence of the Cape Fear.” Historian James Sprunt compared Sedgeley Abbey in dimensions and appearance to the two-story, cellered Governor Dudley mansion in Wilmington.

A corduroy road was also built across the peninsula to a river landing. Sprunt indicates that the plantation house was constructed in 1726 by a Peter Maxwell, but according to his headstone in the St. Philip‘s Church graveyard at Brunswick, Peter Maxwell was born in 1753.  In June 1788,  Peter Maxwell purchased from William Lord 320 acres lying at the head of Lord’s Creek.

Presently Lord’s Creek is known as Telfairs Creek and terminates on the southern end at Snow’s Cut. Both the Joshua Potts map of 1797 and the Price and Strother map of 1808 indicate the “Maxwell” dwelling in that section of the peninsula.

To the south and adjacent to Sedgeley Abbey, a John Guerard, sometimes spelled Gerrard or Geuard, purchased in 1776 a 600-acre tract of land from William Dry. In 1778 Guerard purchased another 920 acres from William Dry and also received grants in 1780 totaling an additional 970 acres near the sound. Guerard lived with his wife, Rebecca, on this property until his death in 1789.

In his will, made on February 6, 1786, John Guerard bequeathed: “the whole plantation, horses, hogs, sheep, household furniture, with all the lands containing 1,000 acres, also seventeen negro slaves.”  In 1790 “‘Rebecca Geuard,” the widow of John, entered into a marriage agreement With Peter Maxwell, “an English gentleman of wealth and refinement,” and thus secured “the estate of the said Rebecca.”

Included in the agreement was “all that tract of land situated and lying at or near the head of the Sound in New Hanover county aforesaid where John Geuard late of New Hanover county usually resided and at the present occupied by the said Rebecca Geuard.”

The plantation at which Rebecca and Peter planned to live contained approximately 1,600 acres. Peter Maxwell received a patent in 1796 for another 100 acres at the head of the sound. Peter Maxwell’s holdings as a result of his marriage to Rebecca “covered a vast tract of land which extended from the present Doctors Point on the east bank of the river, south to a small creek on the southern side of that ancient landmark and sand hill, the ‘Sugar Loaf,‘ thence southeast to the Sea Beach, thence northward to his own northern line, thence westward to the head of Lord’s Creek, continuing on to the beginning on the bank of the Cape Fear River.”

Sedgeley Abbey is most closely associated with Peter Maxwell.

Peter Maxwell maintained cultivated fields, as well as indigo farms, orchards, and even a horse track at Sedgeley Abbey for a number of years, although by 1801 he decided to place the plantation up for rent.

The following description appeared in the Wilmington Gazette, of December 24, 1801:

To Rent – for a term of years, or may be agreed on. That fruitfiil, healthy and beautiful Plantation, near the head of the Sound, known by the name of Sedgeley Abbey for which there is a very commodious and well-furnished dwelling house, open to the sea beach by an, avenue, and about half a mile from the Sound, which at all Seasons affords abundance of Fish and the best Oysters in the State. There is also on the same a good Kitchen, Smoke-house, Barn, Stable, and Chairhouse, with a remarkable fine Peach Orchard — The land is well adapted to the culture of Corn, Cotton and Indigo, there is adjoining the house about 16 acres of rich inland swamp, which can be easily overflowed, much of which is cleared, and will produce excellent Rice. Whoever may rent the same can be accommodated with most kinds of plantation furniture, and supplied with, any stock belonging to the land at a valuation. For terms apply in Wilmington to Peter Maxwell, (Wilmington Gazette, December 24, 1801).

Rebecca Maxwell died on February 12, 1810, and was buried beside her first husband, John Guerard, in the cemetery at St. Philip’s Church. Peter Maxwell followed his wife in death two years later. Peter and Rebecca bore no children, so Peter’s will (recorded at the New Hanover County courthouse the previous year) directed that his extensive holdings be sold and the money divided among his two cousins, John Robeson and Peter Robeson, both young weavers of North Britain. (McKoy 1973: 121). Peter Maxwell declared that:

“If I die within 30 miles of Wilmington I request that I may be buried by my wife at Brunswick. I give and devise to my executors my plantation and houses at the Sound which was devised to my Wife by the will of John Gerrard supposed to contain 1,000 acres, but which contained by 900, by them to be sold. . . . Also . . . 600 acres opposite said plantation left to Mrs. Maxwell by will of John Gerrard. Also two-thirds of a tract containing 920 acres bought by me from Messrs. Warren & Hasford. Also 100 acres a patent, now in suit for possession, at head of Sound. Also 1380 acres lying to northward of first mentioned plantation, on head of Lord’s Creek. Also lot and house in Fayetteville. Also an improved lot’ of one-half acre in Wilmington . . . ”

Telfair Forest EntranceIn accordance with the expressed wishes of the late Peter Maxwell, the great estate was sold, by the executor of his will. About 800 acres of land, including Sedgeley Abbey, was sold in 1815 to Sedgwick Springs $950. The larger, 1,380-acre, tract was purchased that same year $295. by James Telfair, after whom the creek on the property is named.

Sedgeley Abbey plantation was again sold on December 31, 1821 by Sedgwick Springs, for $1750, to Hosea Pickett, who in turn deeded it the following year to Henry B. Howard in exchange for a loan. Upon repayment of the loan, the deed to Howard was voided.

Hosea Pickett apparently paid his debt to Henry Howard, as the plantation remained in his possession until alter the Civil War. Sedgeley Abbey plantation was placed up for sale in November 1866, following Pickett’s death.

At that time the plantation consisted of “about 3,000 acres, situated upon the Federal Point road. ” There were “about 500 acres of good farming land.” About 275 acres were cleared and fenced, with an ample amount of timbered land. In addition to a five-room dwelling house, the plantation also included a stable, barn, and servants’ quarters.

By the 1870s Sedgeley Abbey lay in ruins. By the turn of the century only the cellar remained. The ruins of the plantation house lay obscure for a number of years. In 1978 archaeologist Mark Wilde-Ramsing, now of the Department of Cultural Resources, located the cellar remains of Sedgeley Abbey west of Highway 421. The cellar had been dug into stone approximately 8 feet deep.

When revisited again in 1992, the foundation measured 30 feet by, 12 feet, and on the western end sank 6 feet below the normal ground surface.


Hall, Lewis P.
1975 “Land of the Golden River“. Volume 1. Wilmington, NC: Wilmington Printing Company.

McKoy, Elizabeth F.
1973 “Early New Hanover County Records“. Wilmington, North Carolina: Published by the author.

New Hanover County Deeds and Wills, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Price, Jonathon and John Strother.
1807 “A Map of Cape Fear River and its Vicinity from the Frying Pan Shoals to Wilmington by Actual Survey“. Division of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina, Map Collection 131-F.

Sprunt, James.
1896 “Tales and Traditions of the Lower. Cape Fear, 1661-1896“. Wilmington: LeGwin Brothers.
Reprinted by The Reprint Co., Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1973.

Waddell, Alfred M.
1989 “A History of New Hanover County and the Lower Cape Fear Region, 1723-1800″. Volume 1, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc.

Wilmington Daily Journal (Wilmington, NC), November 10, 1866.

Wilmington Gazette (Wilmington, N.C.), December 24, 1801.

Wilmington Morning Star (Wilmington, NC), January 7, 1898.


Civil War Spy Drowns off Federal Point

Rose O'Neil Greenhow

Rose O’Neil Greenhow

During President Buchanan’s administration (1857-1861), Mrs. Rose O‘Neal Greenhow, a Southern lady – destined to become the most famous spy of the Civil War – was one of the leaders of Washington society.

Her unavoidable death will be forever associated with the demise of the Condor – its derelict to be found off Fort Fisher mound.

Allen Pinkerton, head of the Federal secret service, had the following to say about Mrs. Greenhow:

“It was a fact too notorious to need reciting here that for months … Mrs. Greenhow was actively and to a great extent openly, engaged in giving aid and comfort, sympathy and information … where they were furnished with every possible information to be obtained by the untiring energies of this remarkable woman, from her long residence at the capital, her superior education, her uncommon social powers, her very extensive acquaintance among, and her active association with the leading politicians of this nation, has possessed, almost destroyed the government.

She has made use of whoever and whatever she could as mediums to carry into effect her unholy purposes. She has not used her powers in vain among the officers of the army, not a few of whom
she has robbed of patriotic hearts and transformed them into sympathizers with the enemies of this country.”

Thus, Mrs. Greenhow was employed throughout the opening days of the war. When the press and public began crying “On to Richmond!”, the Confederates wanted to know when and where they would strike. The Southern campaign hinged on those two questions. It was Mrs. Greenhow who gave that information to General Beauregard.

Her cipher message, written on wrapping paper, set in motion the reinforcements which enabled Beauregard to concentrate his scattered forces in time to meet McDowell on the field of Manassas.

But to recite her brilliant espionage service, stay in a Federal prison (closely guarded, yet she still communicated with her country!), visit to Paris and Napoleon, and the tremendous following she created for the South in foreign countries, would take columns.

She had important information for Col. Lamb at Fort Fisher, information no one has ever discovered. In August, 1864, she left England. At Nassau she boarded the Condor, a newly built three funneled steamer. It was making its first trip as a blockade runner. On the wild night of September 30th, the Condor arrived off the Cape Fear River and in the darkness stole swiftly through the blockade.

A ship loomed up ahead. The pilot, thinking it was a Federal cruiser, swerved the wheel sharply and drove her hard aground. The ship, which had been sighted, was the Night Hawk. She had been run aground the night before. A mountainous sea was running. As dawn broke, the Yankee fleet sighted the foundered ship and moved in.

Mrs. Greenhow demanded to be put ashore. She was warned that the sea was too rough. There might be an accident. But she was adamant.

Rose O'Neil GreenhowOakdale Cemetery, Wilmington

Rose O’Neil Greenhow
Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington

The boat was lowered, but scarcely was it clear of the tackles ere a fatal wave caught it … Mrs. Greenhow sank at once. Her heavy, black dress and a bag full of gold fastened to her waist prevented her from the struggling chance due any drowning human. The following day her body was washed ashore.

The simple inscription cared on a marble cross at her grave in the Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington reads: “Mrs. Rose O’Neal Greenhow. A bearer of dispatches to the Confederacy”.


[Editor’s Note: This article was published in ‘The Evening Post’, Wilmington, NC, Wednesday; June 6, 1945 and comes from the collection of William Reaves.

It was later published in the March 1997 – FPHPS Newsletter (pdf)]

Rose O’Neal Greenhow – Wikipedia

Greenhow’s Funeral in WilmingtonWilmington Sentinel, October 1, 1864:

Original documents related to Rose O’Neal GreenhowSpecial Collections Library  Duke University

The Condor, Greenhow & NC Underwater Archaeology

Chris Fonvielle – February Meeting

Chris-Fonvielle-portrait-1by Nancy Gadzuk

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, February 16, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Our speaker this month will be Dr. Chris Fonvielle. He will be talking about his newest book, To Forge a Thunderbolt; Fort Anderson and the Battle for Wilmington.

Fort Anderson played an important role in the history of North Carolina during the Civil War. It was the Confederacy’s largest interior fortification in the Lower Cape Fear, and guarded the Cape Fear River and western land approaches to Wilmington. Beginning in late March 1862, Confederate engineers built massive earthen defenses at Brunswick Point, the site of the colonial port town of Brunswick, located halfway between Wilmington and the mouth of the river. The works were comprised of elevated artillery emplacements mounting heavy seacoast cannons and an adjoining line of imposing fieldworks that extended westward for more than a mile, from the Cape Fear River to Orton Pond.

By early 1865, General Ulysses S. Grant was so determined to capture Wilmington, the Confederacy’s principal seaport and To Forge covermost important city, that he traveled from Virginia to the Cape Fear to finalize plans for an attack by way of Fort Anderson. His forces had recently captured Fort Fisher and sealed the harbor to blockade running. Grant now wanted to take Wilmington as a means of assisting General William T. Sherman’s legion on its march through the Carolinas toward Virginia to help defeat General Robert E. Lee’s beleaguered, but strongly entrenched, army at Petersburg.

Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, with a lifelong interest in American Civil War, North Carolina, Lower Cape Fear and Southern history. His in-depth research focuses on Civil War coastal operations and defenses, blockade running, and the navies.

Fort AndersonAfter receiving his B.A. in Anthropology at UNC-Wilmington, Fonvielle served as the last curator of the Blockade Runners of the Confederacy Museum. He subsequently received his M.A. in American history at East Carolina University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Fonvielle returned to his undergraduate alma mater at UNC-Wilmington in 1996, where he now teaches courses on the Civil War, Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear, the Old South and Antebellum America. He also teaches extended education courses on the history of the Lower Cape Fear through the university.


Walking Tour of “The Sugar Loaf Line of Defense” with Dr. Chris Fonvielle

Chris Fonvielle Walking TourAgain this year, on Saturday March 21, 2015, our esteemed Society member and UNC-W History professor, Chris Fonvielle, will lead a fascinating walk through the remnants of General Robert Hoke’s Sugarloaf-line-of-defense.

These embankments and earthworks, which kept the Union army from taking Wilmington for over 30 days, is still largely intact and can be seen if you know where to look. Dr. Fonvielle’s walk will take the group through these lines and discuss Hoke’s defense of the east bank of the Cape Fear River.

This walking program will leave from the Federal Point History Center parking lot (just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall at 2:00 pm.)

Due to the overwhelming popularity of this program we will be taking reservations (by phone or in person) this year. To reserve your spot call the History Center at 910-458-0502 and leave a message. We will call you back to confirm your reservation. Or e-mail your request to

A donation of $5.00 (minimum) is appreciated and will go to the Sugar Loaf Civil War Earthworks Preservation Group Project.


From the President: February, 2015

by Elaine Henson

Elaine Henson

Elaine Henson

This card of the Confederate Monument at Fort Fisher is from a photo from the late Hugh Morton. He captured it against the backdrop of the ocean and the blue Carolina sky.

The monument was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in memory of the brave soldiers and their battles defending the fort from 1861-1865.

The granite block in the foreground is inscribed “Our Unknown Confederate Soldier”

Battle Acre MonumentThe monument was dedicated on June 2, 1932 with ceremonies that included NC Governor O. Max Gardner, UDC President Mrs. Glenn Long and four veterans from the war.

The original dedication date of May 18th was moved to June 2nd to coincide with the completion and dedication of the Inland Waterway (now called the Intracoastal Waterway) at the urging of Louis T. Moore and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

It was reported that there was also a number of cows in attendance who mooed during the ceremony reminding us that the land around the fort was still a rural area in 1932.


Oh, What A Party!

Fryar #96The Fort says they counted more then 21,000 people in attendance in the two days of events. At the height of the day on Saturday it took more than an hour to drive from the stoplight at Kure Beach to the Fort. It really was a pretty amazing weekend.

Our sale of hot dogs, drinks, chips and candy cleared about $2,000. after we donated part of the profit to the Friends of Fort Fisher.

We’d especially like to thank the Board of the Friends of Fort Fisher and the staff of the Fort Fisher State Historic Site for including us in this momentous event.

A huge thanks to the five people who spent the ENTIRE weekend at the Fort, Darlene Bright, Leslie Bright, Demetria Sapienza, Phil Sapienza, and Tony Phillips. They went above and beyond.

Also working in shifts from 2 to 4 hours long were: Cheri McNeill, Paul Slobodnik, Marci Taylor, Don Snook, Sylvia Snook, Fort Fisher ReenactmentByron Moore, Judy Moore, Elaine Henson, Rodney Jones, Rick Both, Pam Bramhall, Ray Bramhall, John Gordon, Jeannie Gordon, Rebecca Taylor, Bob Greenwald.


THANKS ALSO TO Brenda Armes of Olde Salty’s for lending us her humongous grill. We could never have cooked 1320 hot dogs in two days without it!



Oral History – Howard Hewett – Federal Point Methodist Episcopal Church, Part 2

By Howard Hewett, November 2014

Howard Hewett

Howard Hewett

There is one story about my grandfather, Albert Walker Hewett, and my grandmother, Addie Jane Hewett, that occurred when my father Howard Curtis Hewett was around 12 years old and my Aunt Ethel Virginia Hewett Bell would have been 14 years old.

They had all gone to church on a Wednesday night.  When the kerosene lamps were turned off at the end of the service, it became quiet and dark in those Federal Point woods.

The story goes that Grandfather and Dad went out to the Model T, set the magneto, turned the crank, and when it fired, they jumped in and headed for home, which was about 2.8 miles away.

The road home from the church ran down what is currently called the Dow Road (built in 1916), but instead of making the 90-degree turn at K Ave., the road continued straight and ran almost parallel to the river passing Uncle John and Aunt Rebecca Davis’ home.  It then continued past the Lewis homestead on down to the home that Grandfather and Grandmother moved into when they married in 1911. Their original house was located in what is currently the Air Force recreational facility.

Since the Hewetts are known for not having the gift of gab, Grandfather and Dad headed home without comment.  Upon

Federal Point Methodist Church 1935 Foreground - A Hewlett Grave

Federal Point Methodist Church 1935
Foreground – A. Hewlett Grave

arriving at home, it was determined that Addie and Virginia were not in the back of the Model T.

In rural North Carolina, there were not that many paved roads so you may have thought it impossible for them to drive 2.8 miles on a sandy rut-filled road without Grandmother saying “Albert, please slow down.”  I think the Hewett women must have picked up a more “talkative gene” along the way.

In telling this story my dad once said, that “Wash Foot Methodists were not very talkative.” Dad never related what Grandmother said when they got back to the church that night, but when telling this story, he would always grin.

I remember the church having a ‘T’ shaped floor plan with the sanctuary being the longer section with two rooms on each side.  There were windows on the back wall on each side of the pulpit.  In the room on the right side there was a bellows-type organ. This room was completely open to the sanctuary. It most likely served as a classroom.  On the left side toward the cemetery there was another classroom.

My remembrance indicates that there was a relocation of the original church sanctuary with an addition to the original building transforming it into a ‘T’ floor plan.  The time period of these changes had to be between 1935 and early 1940. By 1945, the church was as I remember it.

As reported on April 3, 1938 by the Wilmington Star, the family of A. W. Hewett (Albert Walker Hewett) gave the Federal Point Methodist Church a silver communion service in his memory.  (Wilmington Star, 4-7-1938, 4-8-1938) I did not learn of this until I read the “Federal Point Chronology 1728-1994” compiled by Bill Reaves.  It was published by the New Hanover Library and the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society in 2011.

During the writing of this document, I learned from my brother Thomas Walker Hewett that the communion service consisted of a serving tray with glass communion cups and a plate for the bread with each having a cover.  At the closing of the Federal Point Methodist Church, our grandmother obtained possession.  Following Grandmother’s death, my Aunt Virginia Hewett Bell took possession until her death in 1992.  Several years after Aunt Virginia’s death, the serving pieces were given to the St. Paul Methodist Church at Carolina Beach, N.C. by Alex and Wayne Bell.  The communion set now resides in their historical display case.

It is interesting for me to think about receiving communion using these serving pieces since this is a special part of the Christian tradition, my own connection with family history and our family’s special connection with the traditions of the Methodist Church.  But as I think about it, I most likely did not receive communion until joining St. Paul Methodist Church in Carolina Beach, N.C. in 1951 at the age of twelve.

Federal Point Methodist Members with Names - 1920

Federal Point Methodist
Members with Names – 1920

1920 – Federal Point Methodist Church – Some Members

 View images of the Federal Point Methodist Church Cemetery – taken on November 12, 2014

Read Howard Hewett’s full narrative about the Federal Point Methodist Church



Island Gazette

Island Gazette-BFeatured Business of the Month
February, 2015

by Tony (Lem) Phillips

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society would like to recognize the Island Gazette this month as our Featured Business Member. The Gazette, our local newspaper, has been a Business Member of the FPHPS for many years and a supporter of our projects. The Gazette features an ad each week for the History Center events as well as an article describing our Local Flavor Cookbook.

The Island Gazette was established in 1978 and their office resides at 1003 Bennet Lane, Suite F in Carolina Beach. The Newspaper is published weekly by Publisher Roger McKee and family. Willard H. Killough III is the Managing Editor along with his staff writer Allen Denning and they, by their own words, have been “Printing the News and Raising Hell Since 1978!”

Inside the Island Gazette you will find local sports, ads for local business and editorials. The Gazette will publish it if you send it and controversy is sometimes seasonal depending on the election year. Regardless of the year, the Island Gazette is entertaining and informative always and we look forward to every Wednesday just to see what is happening in our small corner of the world. Regular features also include the Baby of the Week, Beach Beauties, Pet of the Week, Trivia, History, Spotlighted Local Business, local fishing reports and much, much more.

Look for the Island Gazette all over town on Wednesday afternoons in paper boxes. Don’t forget that a lot of local businesses keep a stack of The Island Gazette for customer’s appreciation. Don’t miss another issue of the Island Gazette and for only 50 cents, it is a bargain for entertainment. Be sure to read the ads and articles for your Federal Point Historic Preservation Society and support our local businesses listed in the Gazette and when you do, tell them you saw their ad in the Island Gazette.

Thank you Island Gazette for all you do for the island community and for your continued support for the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society. We appreciate you!

Society Notes – February, 2015

Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • DONATIONS! Thanks to “Got ‘em on Live” for their annual donation. Also a big thanks to David Mohr for the donation of a framed photo of Confederate Veterans in 1932.
  • The History Center recorded 52 visitors in December and 77 visitors in January. We had 47 in attendance at the December potluck and 40 in attendance at the January meeting. The gift shop took $102.85 in December and $180.85 in January. The cookbook continues to sell 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.
  • No new members in the last two months but both Pat Bolander and Jackie and James Kraus have upgraded their memberships to Lifetime!
  • 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.
  • Please NOTE! All our monthly Society Newsletters for the past 20 years are now available on our web site.Go to From the main menu choose FPHPS Resources and then choose Archived Newsletters 1994-2014.
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This is a GREAT resource that Andre’ has spent hours and hours scanning and formatting and it’s a great relief that all our hard work is now archived digitally. 

Now, whenever you visit our website, you’ll be seeing selected stories of historical significance that have been published in Newsletter over the past 20 years.

We’ll be periodically posting these stories on our front page using the text of the original Newsletter article – with the addition of new web-links, images and reference to related resources.