Monday, December 17, 2018
6:30 pm – One Hour Early!
The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its annual holiday potluck on Monday, December 17 at 6:30 pm. This year we will be back at the History Center as it’s a lot easier for the hospitality committee. Please join us for food, fun and festivities.
Again this year Judge Jay Hockenbury and his wife Deborah, will have another trivia contest for us and a timely Christmas story.
John Golden will round out the evening with his wonderful Christmas sing-along.
At $25.00 it’s the perfect homegrown gift for every cook you know. It is full of “cookable” recipes mostly built from ingredients you already have in your pantry or can pick up at any local grocery store. And, it has a section with historic highlights of well known restaurants of Federal Point.
Don’t forget our t-shirts are a real bargain at $12.00 each.. We’ve got plenty of the Society shirts in every size and color. We’re also well stocked with the Ocean Plaza BIRTHPLACE of the SHAG shirts. Anyone with a history of the Boardwalk would love this reflection of our history.
Books, Books, Books! We have lots of books that relate to the history and culture of our area. The two most important are Elaine Henson’s Carolina Beach in Postcards and Brenda Coffey’s new Images of America: Kure Beach. Both are well researched and would be a great present to anyone who’s interested in the history of our local area.
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, has been a destination for beachgoers, boaters, and fishermen since the 1880s. Visitors came first by the combination of river steamers and a train and later by automobiles to seek respite from the summer’s heat and the daily grind. This book shares the history of this seaside community through the postcards its visitors sent home. From the early hand colored cards printed in Germany to the modern chrome cards of today, we see the people and places of Carolina Beach.
Kure Beach derived its name from a Danish immigrant named Hans Anderson Kure, Sr. He began acquiring land in the area in 1891, and by 1900, he had purchased 900 acres just south of Carolina Beach to Fort Fisher.
He established the Kure Land and Development Company and in 1913 produced a map of Fort Fisher Sea Beach, which would later become Kure’s Beach and eventually Kure Beach. In 1923, the first wooden fishing pier on the Atlantic coast was constructed by Lawrence Kure.
DAN PRI, one of the first surfboard companies on the East Coast, was also established at Kure Beach.
The area is rich in historical significance from Verrazzano’s discovery to Cape Fear Indians, pirates, lighthouses, the “Rocks,” the Ethel Dow Chemical Plant and the community’s role in both the Civil War and World War II.
By Elaine Henson
It was a guest house operated by Mrs. S.R.Jordan and was “in the center of all social activities” according to the information on the back.
She was inquiring about when he was coming home or if he had plans to stay and also implored him to write and let her know. She also asked him if the picture of the Guilford cottage meant anything to him. Perhaps the family had stayed there on a beach vacation in the past.
Do any of you remember this cottage and where it was located? Did you know Mrs. S.R.Jordan? I seem to recall reading about a Dr.S.R.Jordan who had a medical practice at Carolina Beach, but can’t remember where I read it.
If you have any information, please call the History Center at 910-458-0502.
– And Patronize Our Retail Business Members First
Please Note: Some of our retail business members aren’t open this time of year, but please patronize them when the season begins in April: Kure Beach Pier and Britts Donut Shop
Located just past the Carolina Beach Lake, A&G Bar-B-Que is Carolina Beach’s premier BBQ restaurant. Their staff takes pride in offering great food at a great price. Their menu is extremely diverse, featuring not only their famous BBQ, but many other southern musts. They feature just under 20 vegetables, just like Grandma used to make ’em. They also have a new special everyday. Stop in to see what they offer!
Located in Kure Beach, with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Kure Beach Pier, Big Daddy’s front deck is a relaxing place to enjoy a cocktail, sample an appetizer or dine on freshly prepared to order seafood that will satisfy any appetite. On weekends, enjoy live music too!
Plus their menu not only has a wide selection of seafood favorites, they also offer perfectly grilled burgers, sandwiches, wraps and more.
Inside, Big Daddy’s can accommodate any size family or group for lunch or dinner. As one of the Island’s largest restaurants, Big Daddy’s is happy to host large groups, parties or receptions of any size.
For hardware & beach necessities, Island Tackle and Hardware has got it covered. If you are on the island to do some fishing, this is your one stop shop. They have pretty much any kind of bait you need, a large section of tackle to fill your tackle box, tons of rod & reel combos ready to go, they’ll even spool your reels with new line. This is the place to get your fishing license, Yeti coolers and yearly passes to Freeman Park for the 4×4 folks. You can get your propane tanks filled here and they are an official NC weigh station for your trophy catch.
Coastal K-9 Bakery’s doors were opened in November 2004 by Jackie Oakes. It is her desire to offer to your pet friends the best quality dog treats possible. All our treats are made of human-grade, organic and natural ingredients. She uses NO sodium, sugars, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives or animal fats or oils in her treats. She offers six flavors: Chicken & Rice, Peanut Butter, Bark-B-Q Ribs, Apple Oatmeal, Salmon, and Parmesan Cheese. Two flavors are gluten free; they are Garden Medley (sweet potato, green beans, and blueberries) and Honey Ginger Carrot Sticks .
Moved by their love for the Cape Fear River, the owners decided to found Wilmington Water Tours in order to share with others the history and beauty of this region. Their passion then created “The Wilmington,” a state-of-the-art, fully enclosed and handicapped accessible motorized catamaran, which can accommodate up to 49 passengers. Wilmington Water Tours is based in Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. They offer daily narrated cruises and private charters. Passengers board the vessel to explore the waters of the mysterious Cape Fear River, while also learning about the history, wildlife, and ecology of this waterway and surrounding area.
Several months ago, we were asked to present a program on our Historical Society by the Kiwanis Club in Wilmington for their monthly meeting. Don’t know why we had not thought of doing that before, but we got a program together and presented it at their August meeting. A few days after that we were invited to come to the Wilmington Civitan Club meeting in September and then by the Men’s Breakfast Group at Carolina Beach Presbyterian in October.
On January 8, 2019, we will be presenting a shorter version at the Carolina Beach Town Council Meeting having been invited by Mayor Joe Benson. So, it seems that we have taken our show on the road.
The presentation begins with an overview of who we are, where we are, what we do and what we collect. It talks about our monthly meetings, our exhibits, our newsletter, our special programs like the Historic Boardwalk Tour, and our awesome website that has so much of our archives online.
Then, there are two short history lessons. One is about the beginning of Carolina Beach as a resort in the early1880s, the Winners, Capt. John Harper, the Steamers and Shoo Fly train, first Pavilion, etc. The other is how our Federal Point Peninsula became an island with the coming of the Intracoastal Waterway 1926-1932.
If you know of an organization that has monthly meetings or any group that looks for programs, please tell them about us. We would love to visit them!
Thanks to Steve Arthur for doing our Boardwalk tour for a group of local Island Women!
- The History Center recorded 80 visitors in November. There were 36 people in attendance at the November meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club, Step Up for Soldiers, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).
- And don’t forget!! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours, please tell them you are a member of the FPHPS! If you do, we get a portion of your ticket price. Call us at 910-458-0502 or them at 910-338-3134. wilmingtonwatertours.net
- Welcome to new member, Roger Brix from Wilmington.
- Thanks to John Gregory for taking great pictures of the walking tour for the Island Women.
- Thanks to our volunteers in November; James Kohler, Andre Blouin, Steve Arthur, Darlene Bright and Leslie Bright. Refreshments were provided by Steve Arthur and Cheri McNeill. Nancy Gadzuk has graciously agreed to take minutes at the meetings until we find a Secretary.
- Rebecca, Cheri and Darlene greatly appreciate Andre Blouin’s help getting the November newsletter laid up and posted on our web site!!!
- Thanks so much to Juanita Winner’s grandson, Skylar Slaughter, who volunteered for us this month. He helped decorate the History Center for Christmas. Also, he washed the windows and help neaten everything up.
Congratulations to Judge Jay Hockenbury on his retirement from the bench after almost 24 years of distinguished service.
By Nancy Gadzuk
Ben Wunderly, museum curator at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and co-collaborator with John Hairr on the Surfing NC Project, spoke at the October 15, 2018 meeting of the Federal Point Historical Preservation Society. Ben spoke on the History of Surfing in North Carolina.
While the title slide of Ben’s talk featured a 1966 photographic image, surfing in the state far predated the 1960’s. Ben moved outside North Carolina and traced the earliest recorded awareness of the sport to the late 1700’s. Captain James Cook’s expeditions to the Pacific reported Tahitians riding the waves on a board they described as “the stern of an old canoe.”
By the late 1800’s, awareness of surfing in the Pacific had spread to the East Coast. A “surfing party” was held at the Atlantic Hotel in Morehead City in 1885. A Watauga County man wrote about an excursion he took to Wrightsville Beach in 1894, where “All sorts and sizes were riding the waves during the entire day.”
After the turn of the century, reports of surfing in North Carolina became more widespread. A 1907 postcard from Wrightsville Beach appeared to show surfers in the water, though an ancient precursor to Photoshop may have been used to doctor the photo.
The earliest well-documented surfing activity in North Carolina was Virginia Dare Day in 1928, which featured surfing demonstrations by NC surfing pioneer Willie Kaiama.
By the 1950’s and 1960’s, surfing in North Carolina had spread – even inland to the original Bert’s Surf Shop in Kinston. Given the lack of beaches in Kinston, Bert had to sell clothes and shoes along with surfboards before opening a series of surf shops along the coast.
In 1964, Harold Petty and Lank Lancaster founded East Coast Surfboards in Carolina Beach, shaping their own brand of surfboards. In 1965, the Atlantic Surf Shop opened in Kure Beach, despite the town leaders banning surfing that summer due to complaints from fishermen who blamed the surfers for their bad luck. The Spring Surf Festival was held at Lumina in Wrightsville Beach in 1966.
By 1974, the North Carolina coast was recognized for having the best surfing on the East Coast, and the United States Surfing Championship was held in Buxton, the first time since the competition started that it was held on the East Coast. In 1997, the East Coast Wahine Championship of Surfing was established at Wrightsville Beach.
Due to time constraints, Ben was not able to talk in much detail about more recent history in this presentation. However, the Surfing NC Project included the development of Surfing NC: A Timeline of the History of the Sport of Surfing in North Carolina, a book Ben co-authored with John Hairr.
PDF copies of the book are available for free download from the Maritime Museum website:
What struck me most was the amount of work involved to ferret out the history presented during the evening, and in much greater detail in the book. When our focus is on war or politics or other more institutionalized subjects, there are often good written records to follow.
Surfing, however is more informal, with its proponents generally more interested in finding the next good wave than chronicling their activities in writing. Fortunately, Wunderly and Hairr have done much of that hard work and provided a fascinating history of the sport in North Carolina.
The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 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 is a lifelong resident and member of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society, Brenda Fry Coffey.
In 1943, Brenda, her mother and father (Fundy and Mary Lee Fry), along with her grandfather and grandmother (Charlie “Pa” and Ada “Ma” Fry), moved to Kure Beach from Lumberton, North Carolina. Her father and grandfather worked in the shipyard during World War II in Wilmington building Liberty ships. After the war, they opened a restaurant at Kure Beach called “Fundy’s”.
Brenda is retired from the New Hanover County Department of Emergency Management. She currently serves on the Board of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society and is actively involved in her church, Kure Beach First Baptist.
The concept of recording the history of Kure Beach was sparked over a lunch conversation with Punky and Jean Kure over ten years ago, Thanks to the generosity of many, it has been her honor to make this history a reality.
By Elaine Henson
Boardwalk, Part VII
Even though the future looked bleak during the dark days of 1993, our boardwalk story does have a happy ending. From the mid-1990s into the new twenty-first century, many successful building blocks for boardwalk revitalization were laid. All of the mayors and council members we’ve had since then have been dedicated to restoring it to its former glory.
Some used our building and fire codes to clean up buildings in need of repair. There were committees like the Carolina Beach Citizens for Progress, Carolina Beach Boardwalk Preservation Association, Pleasure Island Merchant’s Association and Paint the Town Group formed with government and citizens working for the goal.
Perhaps the biggest shot in the arm was the announcement of a new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel to be built on the boardwalk. The ten story 144 room hotel, which opened in 2003, came at the perfect time and provided a catalyst for further development.
The next few years saw several big projects planned, some of which materialized and others that went belly up in the recession of 2008. But, there were new boardwalk businesses such as Wheel Fun Rentals, the Fudgeboat, the Blackhorn Restaurant and the Island Ice Factory added to the old standbys like Frank’s Pizza and Britt’s Donuts whose opening in 1939 holds the record of being the longest continuous business and mainstay, constantly drawing visitors to the boardwalk. With its long lines of devoted fans coming back year after year and being the recipient of many awards, Britt’s remains a number one boardwalk destination.
In the Fall of 2007, the Boardwalk Makeover Group was formed by then councilman, Dan Wilcox, and business owner, Duke Hagestrom, and others which really got the ball rolling.
Council kicked in $53,000 to fund the improvements in 2008, which included new landscaping, public bathroom upgrades, colorful planter boxes, trash cans, ashtrays, benches and bike racks. There were attractive directional signs and banners hanging from new lamp posts.
They extended the Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday night fireworks shows, begun two years earlier, with live music at the Gazebo. The excitement was real as others joined in to help and contribute monetarily like the Chamber and private individuals. Then in 2009, when the carnival rides returned to the boardwalk, it was the icing on the cake. The family friendly atmosphere was back.
But there was more to come! In the fall of 2013, a $1.5 million-dollar boardwalk makeover was announced to be funded by grants and tourist revenue. It opened in 2014, with an all new 750-foot-long, 16-foot wide boardwalk along with swings, gazebos, shade sails, showers and five ADA accessible walkways combined with available beach wheelchairs.
The 106 room, 8 story hotel is located at the beginning of the 875-foot boardwalk extension going all the way to Pelican Lane.
The new and improved family friendly boardwalk prompted FPHPS to launch a Historic Boardwalk Tour in 2018 every Tuesday, during the summer, at 10 am. It was a huge success and will be back next summer.