August Meeting – Memories of Summer – Panel Discussion

 

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

Our program this month is entitled “Memories of Summer; Growing Up on the Boardwalk.” 

Elaine Henson will run the projector and moderate stories from our long time members as they remember their teenage years.  Dancing, eating, playing, and working.

Join us for this unique oral history program which will include innumerable stories from the 1940s to the 1960s.

 

 

President’s Letter – August, 2018

By Elaine Henson

Boardwalk, Part IV

The May 19, 1941 edition of the Wilmington Morning Star reported 10,000 people at Carolina Beach over the weekend with most of the boardwalk businesses rebuilt after the tragic fire the year before.

By the official opening of the summer season on June 6th, the new Hotel Bame and Palais Royal Hotel were open along with the new Wave Theater.  The midway had more rides, more concessions, larger stores and wider and longer boardwalks lined with benches.  The “South’s Miracle Beach” had indeed recovered and was on the way to even busier days and nights with the advent of World War II.

Wilmington and the surrounding beaches swelled with people during the 1940s, especially after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

New Hanover County’s population went from 42,000 to over 100,000 with the NC Shipbuilding Company, defense workers and military personnel.  Soldiers from Camp Davis, Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune and Fort Fisher flocked to our area on weekends when they had leave.

Many soldiers camped out with their regiments on the north end where Freeman Park is now. The Greystone Hotel on Cape Fear Boulevard became a USO and the boardwalk was filled with soldiers and military police, a trend that would continue even after the war years.

Carolina Beach Postmaster, W.H. Blair, reported an average of 25,000 cards a week were mailed in a 1941 article in the Carolina Beach Sun.  He said “I trace the main reason for this to the visit of many soldiers …. they send mail to every state in the union.” 

The August 2, 1941 issue of the Carolina Beach Sun shows an article on the 1,000 soldiers from Fort Bragg’s 36th Regiment that camped out on the north end of Carolina Beach.  Another article is about the 40, 000 visitors at the beach the previous weekend and another on the 25,000 post cards mailed from the resort.

Next month: Boardwalk Part V

We Made the List!

 From a CNN Travel post

19 Best Boardwalks in America

Full article at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/america-best-boardwalks/index.html

  1. Navy Pier, Chicago
  2. Atlantic City Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey
  3. Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York
  4. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California
  5. Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  6. Ocean City Boardwalk, Ocean City, Maryland
  7. Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach, California
  8. Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
  9. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California
  10. Old Orchard Beach Boardwalk, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  11. Wildwood, Wildwood, N.J.
  12. Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  13. Disney World Boardwalk, Walt Disney World, Florida
  14. Kemah Boardwalk, Kemah, Texas
  15. Mission Beach Boardwalk, San Diego, California
  16. Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Carolina Beach, North Carolina.  Appropriately located on Pleasure Island, Carolina Beach specializes in making you forget your cares. Mild breezes, gorgeous beach, and a sweet hospitality make this boardwalk a family favorite. 
  1. Hampton Beach Boardwalk, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
  2. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  3. Sandwich Boardwalk, Sandwich, Massachusetts

 

Photos by StarNews

Upcoming Event

Cape Fear History Symposium: Focus on Forts

Learn the story behind the brick and stone.

Are you a history fan that likes to learn about the past by getting up close and personal with it?

Perhaps you are someone who has visited us before, noticed the brick, stone, and concrete fortifications on campus and wanted to know more about them. If so, you aren’t alone, and we want you as our guest!

The Cape Fear History Symposium’s 2018 event is a 2-day trip (Aug 24-25) to the past where guests will not only meet, eat, and sleep at Fort Caswell, but will enjoy a program topic that we’ve never offered before.

Hear from the nation’s leading experts on U.S. Coast defense history through a series of lectures and seminars, witness a live artillery demonstration, and tour the campus with the experts, getting up close with the relics and ruins as you learn about them.

Speakers include John Weaver, Lt. Col. Quentin W. Schillare, Glen Williford, Dale Floyd, as well as Vincent Melomo and Tom Beaman on the archaeology of Fort Caswell. Go to http://fortcaswell.com/project/cfhs/  for the registration form, a schedule of the symposium and details on the speakers and their topics.

 

Sundial on the Boardwalk

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018 retired Judge Gilbert H. Burnett celebrated his 93rd birthday.

He also presented the town of Carolina Beach with a beautiful brass sundial on the boardwalk in a ceremony attended by his family, some of our members, Greg Reynolds from the Chamber of Commerce, Steve Shuttleworth and LeAnn Pierce from council and Town Manager, Michael Cramer.

The sundial is on the Harper Avenue beach access on the boardwalk and includes signage explaining how to read it and adjust for summer’s daylight savings time.

Judge Burnett dedicated the sundial in memory of his parents, John Henry and Ruth Deaton Burnett.  After a long search he found one in the United Kingdom and he received the bill for it in pounds.

The Burnett family lived in Burgaw but built a cottage in 1936 in the 400 block of Carolina Beach Avenue North.  Every summer they loaded eight children and the dog into vehicles piled high with everything from beach wear to Ruth Burnett’s sewing machine for the annual trip to the shore.

Young Gilbert ran a boardwalk Snow-Ball stand from age 12 into his teenage years. It was located where Wheel Fun Rentals keeps their surreys and bicycles now and was one of the stops on our summer Boardwalk Tour.

The Burnett Cottage was destroyed in 1954’s Hurricane Hazel but then rebuilt with the original pine paneling recovered from the wreckage and remains in the family today.

The Sundial is on the Harper Avenue beach access on the boardwalk.

Photo by Jasmine McKee from the Island Gazette.

Society Notes – August, 2018

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

We  did it!

2018 Boardwalk Tour

WOW! Our first season is over and there’s no question our Historic Boardwalk tour was a great success.

WE HAD 144 PEOPLE ATTEND 7 TOURS (one got rained out) and collected $520 in donations!

We want to extend a HUGE thanks to Elaine Henson for doing the research and writing the script and finding all the “what used to be here” photos! She bought the tote bags that the tour leaders used, as well.  Thanks, also, to Rebecca and Cheri who put together the tour tote scripts and pictures.

Special thanks go to Erin Whitman from Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation for designing the rack card that got the word out to the tourists.  A huge thanks to Jasmine McKee and the Island Gazette for including an article about the tour in every paper throughout the summer. We asked people where they heard about the tour and the most people told us they found out about it in the Island Gazette.

The Star-News sent reporter Eva Ellenberg and photogrpaher Matt Born to cover the tour. You can see their article and pictures at http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20180627/carolina-beach-boardwalk-tours-explore-its-early-glory-days  And finally, thanks to Randy Aldridge from WWAY who did a great interview with Elaine.

We couldn’t have done it all without our volunteer tour guides! Elaine Henson, Leslie Bright, Darlene Bright, Jim Dugan, Doris Bame, Byron Moore, Judy Moore and Steve Arthur.

No question, we’ll do it again next year from mid June to mid August!


                                                                   

  • Welcome to new members Jan Davidson of Wilmington and Al and Donna DePompeis of Carolina Beach
  • The History Center recorded 103 visitors in July. We had 45 at the July Meeting. The History Center was used for meetings held by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club and the UDC Board.
  • Darlene and Eddie Capel have spent a good deal of time preparing the budget for 2018-2019 which was approved at the August 6 board meeting.

 

By Request here is Brenda Coffey’s recipe for:

TANGY GLAZED GREEN BEANS       

 3 cans cut green beans, drained                   2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar                              1/4 teaspoon salt

6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled                  1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons minced onions or dehydrated onions

Mix the vinegar, onions, brown sugar, salt and pepper in a pot and bring to a boil. Add drained canned green beans. Heat thoroughly, stirring to mix, and let stand 2-3 hours. Heat before serving and add crumbled bacon.


Officers
President – Elaine Henson
Vice-President –Juanita Winner
Secretary –
Treasurer – Eddie Capel
Directors
Cheri McNeill
Jimmy Bartley
John Moseley
Steve Arthur
Jay Winner
Leslie Bright
Brenda Coffey
Jim Dugan
Barry Nelder