December Meeting – Christmas Potluck

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.

Holiday Shopping – FPHPS Gift Shop


Local Flavor - CookbookDoes everyone in your extended family have one of our Local Flavor Cookbooks?  How about friend and neighbors!

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 in PostcardsCarolina 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.


President’s Letter – December, 2018

By Elaine Henson

Once again, we are asking our members for help. This is a postcard of the Guilford Cottage.

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.

It was postmarked August 9, 1940, and was sent to Mr. Howard R. Fields in Glendale, California, from his mother.

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.


Please SHOP LOCAL When You Can

– 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 .


Wilmington Water Tours

Wilmington Water Tours

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.



Tooting Our Own Horn?

By Elaine Henson

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!


Society Notes – December, 2018

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

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.
  • 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.