Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club

Featured Business Member
May, 2017

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

By the standards of the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club, May is late in the year for fishing. For over 30 years, these folks have started early.

With over 800 Facebook members and over 300 family memberships in the club itself, they are already out there at Snows Cut in February for the Chowder Cook-off. That is also when they award the prize for the largest fish of any species caught the year before on live bait and weighed in at Dennis Barbour’s place for the Chartbuster Tournament.

March finds them at the Dennis Barbour Fishing Seminar. Dennis provides so many things to this club. His warehouse is used as a storage place for all the gear they use for the Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s fishing tournament held each year on Kure Beach Pier. This year it is on May 12th. This is about the 14th year for this remarkable event which gives back to the community and to those not as lucky.

The club was founded many years ago when boats gathered off of Carolina Beach and while using live bait to catch King Mackerel, they would shout out at every catch, “got ‘em on!”

Now, the club is catching a lot of flounder, but its roots go back to the King Mackerel tournaments.  Big money is still awarded to the winner of the July tournament named the “East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament.

The club meets at the Federal Point History Center each month and donates to the History Center as well. We are so very proud to have the Got-Em-On Club as Business Members.

If you are interested in fishing and generally having a great time year round with like minded souls, contact them and begin enjoying the fun of the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club today!

Kure Beach Fishing Pier

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Kure Beach Fishing Pier has been around since 1923. It was first built by L.C. Kure whose father owned most of what is now Kure Beach, NC. It is officially the oldest pier on the Atlantic coast. The pier is currently owned by descendent Mike Robertson.

We at the Federal Point History Center take great pride in that Kure Beach Fishing Pier is one of the Society’s longtime Business Members. Mike and his crew just reopened the pier for the 2017 season on Friday, March 31st to a huge turnout. Anthony, Ronny, Russ, Jim, Kris, and Amy are just a few of the great folks who take care of us when we visit.

We encourage you to stop by the pier to go in and look around. The pier has the long walk out to the “Tee” with a spectacular view looking north all the way to Wrightsville Beach and south to Fort Fisher. Try their popular ice cream or have their newly offered Snow Cones of many flavors! Their gift shop is open daily until 11 PM. A Kure Beach Fishing Pier Tee Shirt is a must for any one visiting Federal Point!! Browse the collection of photos hanging up showing their many fishing tournaments there each year like the King Mackerel tournament.

We are proud of the pier and their good work done each year by allowing several groups to sponsor charity fishing tournaments such as the upcoming Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s Fishing Tournament on May 11th of this year.

The following week will be the Step Up for Soldiers Fishing Tournament. The folks running the pier are the nicest around. Always smiling, always helpful.

You can find Kure Beach Fishing Pier at 100 K Ave. Kure Beach, NC 28449. They are on Facebook. Their webpage is and their phone number is (910) 458-5524, 24 hours a day.

When you visit, please thank them for being such an upstanding Business Member of Federal Point Historical Preservation Society! We wish the Kure Beach Fishing Pier and the staff a great 2017 season!!


Britt’s Donuts


Featured Business Member
March, 2017

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

This month, the History Center sends out a very sweet shout to a local legend, Britt’s Donuts. Located at 11 Boardwalk, Carolina Beach, NC, they have been cooking up smiles since 1939 when the Britt family along with the Wrights opened up Britt’s Donuts on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

Since selling the business to Bobby Nivens in 1974, they have not looked back. All of Federal Point, nay New Hanover County, looks forward to opening day each year.

Be sure to go by and have a Boardwalk staple, a fresh hot sweet Britt’s donut and thank them for again supporting the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society each year as a Business Member.

If you would like to know more about Britt’s Donuts and their delicious history, stop by the History Center and take a look at Daniel Norris’s book, Britt’s Donuts-Forever Sweet from yet another valued Business Member, Slapdash Publishing of Carolina Beach, NC, and visit them at

Watch this video on Britt’s and local businesses including some fabulous history from President Elaine Blackmon Henson.



Primrose Marketplace – March 11, 2017

Featured Business Member
February, 2017

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Primrose Cottage has announced that they will have the first Primrose Cottage Market Place of 2017 on March 11th in the store next to them, in the Maxway shopping center behind the ABC store.

We always have a great time at those one day sales. The Federal Point History Center booth will be at the door once again. Lots of exciting things to see.

If you want to set up a table, contact Jill Walker Lyons at 458-0144. Booth is $55.


Island Athletic Club

Featured Business Member
January, 2017

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Our Featured Business Member this month is Island Athletic Club located at 105 Winner Avenue right behind Hop Lite Pub.

We thought that after the wonderful holidays, you might be interested in getting back in shape or just working out a little in a close, clean, quiet environment made just for you.

Go by and take a look. If you are interested in joining, here is what you can expect; a great membership price to begin with which varies because of the great deals offered each month depending on your needs.

Included in this membership is one FREE Training Session which includes easy steps on how to clean the equipment after it has been used. Clean after yourself is a rule posted everywhere in the gym. I like the fact that even families work out there along with Policemen, Firemen, and EMT’s. The gym even has a basketball goal on the patio.

They clean the bathrooms three times daily. There are lockers available in the bathrooms as well. Along every wall are personal items trays for your use. You will also find clean wash cloths to keep the sweat out of your eyes!

They supply a large bottle water cooler, a fridge, and several televisions if you like to watch while you exercise. There is music piped out speakers which is great to keep you going. Open 24/7/365, there is every machine you can imagine and two of some like treadmills and elliptical. Barbells, dumbbells, and free weights abound.

The Island Athletic Club really is a gym where anyone can come and workout anytime.  Their facility is open 24/7 and offers a wide variety of equipment to accommodate the diverse needs in our community.

You can come in and train on your own or be assisted by certified trainers.  Outside of general gym etiquette, there are only a couple of ‘rules’.  The culture is easy-going, clean, and functional.  Additional information can be found on their Facebook page.  Of course, we suggest you stop in and check them out!” Also, watch their Facebook and web page for specials each month!

Drive, walk, or bike over to the gym and look around. The door is always open. Tell them that you saw our article in the Federal Point History Center newsletter and thank them for their support of the Federal Point History Center. We are extremely proud to have Island Athletic Club on our banner of Business Members.

105 Winner Ave.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428



Got-‘em-on Live Bait Club

Featured Business Member
November, 2016

By Tony (Lem) Phillips          

got-em-on-live-logoWho has not heard of the Got-‘Em-on Live Bait Club?  Since 1979, this organization has grown to over 300 members and has a renown stature in the community for their excellence in supporting tournaments and causes.

For example, the Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s Fishing Tournament held in May each year, and the East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament.

Got-‘em-on Live Bait Club is a not-for-profit organization that sponsors community service events and fundraisers to make donations to various charities.

They have supported and made donations to: The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross, Carolina Beach School, UNCW, Federal Point Historic Preservation Society, the Fort Fisher Aquarium, Habitat for Humanity, Carolina Beach Police and Fire Departments, the Senior Center, Dixie Youth Baseball, the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Department, The N.C. Coastwatch, CCA-NC, needy Island children, and artificial reef projects. got-em-on-live-banner The Federal Point History Center is very fortunate and very proud to have the GEO Club as a friend and business member. We shout out to them this month and wish all the members and the folks that benefit from all they do much success in the coming year.

Contact them:
PO Box 6 Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Primrose Cottage

Featured Business Member
October, 2016

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

primrosePrimrose Cottage is one of the very best consignment stores in New Hanover County. We are very happy to welcome them as Business Members of The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society.

Sue and Doug Walker moved to North Carolina from the Hudson River Valley in New York State in 1994. Doug remembered that Sue had once told him, “I want to be an entrepreneur.” And what a great one she has turned out to be.

Sue and her daughter, Jill Lyons, opened the doors of Primrose Cottage in 2006. Primrose has a vast selection of consignment goods that are constantly changing from day to day. Nothing stays long enough to collect dust. And if it does over stay its welcome, it goes into the 50% off room in the back.primrose

Primrose Cottage is located behind the ABC Store in the Federal Point Shopping Center in Carolina Beach. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The phone number is 910-458-0144. New consignments are taken every day except Saturday.  They accept checks, credit and debit cards and, of course, cash is always welcome.

Don’t miss the next Primrose Market Place on Saturday, October 22, from 8 am to 4 pm.


Wilmington Water Tours

Featured Business Member
September, 2016

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

The History Center is very proud to have Wilmington Water Tours as one of our Business Members. In fact, we are just plain proud to know these folks.

WWT #4We have taken several of their cruises up and down the Cape Fear River and many times accompanied by local historians narrating our journey. Folks like Dr. Chris Fonvielle and Beverly Tetterton tell us so much of what we never knew.

You really have to visit Wilmington Water Tours website to fully appreciate all the ways in which you can be entertained, whether it is a Sunset Cruise or a lazy day cruise sipping Bloody Marys, you will find something affordable and fun to do.

WWT #3Captain Doug Springer and his wife, Diane Upton, returned to Wilmington in 2004 to pursue their dream of life on the water.

The Wilmington is the first and finest state-of-the-art catamaran to serve Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC. She has a wake cancelling design and is fully enclosed (heat if needed).

She is handicap accessible and offers a flexible layout for comfortable seating up to 49 guests. All ABC permits and spacious restroom complete our package. Come downtown and visit us.  You’ll be impressed with our 46′ catamaran, The Wilmington.

Wilmington Water Tours is based out of Wilmington, North Carolina, here to serve the City and its new convention center. They offer sunset cruises and private charters. Their investment in the custom design and state of the art catamaran, The Wilmington, the first vessel of hopefully many, allows them to provide a wide WWT #3range of offerings.

Give these folks a look and let them know that you, too, are a member of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society. And remember, they will donate a part of the ticket purchase price to the Historic

Society for every ticket purchased by members. To reserve tickets call FPHPS at 910-458-0502


Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Tickets: 910.338.3134
Private charters: 910.632.4095


Bob McKoy – Network Real Estate

Featured Business Member
August, 2016

By Tony (Lem) PhillipsBob McKoy

The Federal Point History Center is proud to recognize Bob and Marilyn McKoy of Network Real Estate as our Business Member of the Month!

When your real estate needs include buying, selling, renting or property management, they can meet your needs! Their team of professionals works as a family to solve issues no matter what the challenge.

Since 1982, they have been locally owned and staffed by over 50 individuals who have spent many years living and working in the Wilmington area. They know neighborhoods – from the beaches to historic downtown – and what they have to offer.

Learn more about them at Network Real Estate. If you are considering a move or just have questions concerning real estate, don’t hesitate to call or stop by one of their offices.

Thank you Bob and Marilyn McKoy for your support of the Federal Point History Center!!

Network Realty - Carolina Beach


“The key to our success is that WE GET RESULTS.”

Network Real Estate
1029 N. Lake Park Blvd. #1 Carolina Beach, NC 28428
910-520-0558 [Office]
910-458-7773 [Fax]



Beach Photography by John Gregory

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Featured Business Member
July, 2016

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

July is “Beach Portrait” month on Federal Point. No better way to celebrate it than to shout out to our Business Member of the month, John Gregory Photography! For over thirty years, John Gregory has been photographing the southeastern United States. Many of his photographs were published nationally.

Locally, John Gregory made the 1970 portrait of Big Daddy, which is still being used as their sign in Kure Beach. His photos regularly appear in the Island Gazette, local newspaper. John is also an astronomer. His door has often been open to the public for special celestial events.

You may have seen John under the Fort Fisher live oaks or on the sand near the Coquina rock coaxing families to smile just once more. Having seen John Gregory work with families first hand, I can say that no one does it better. With John’s patience and world of experience, no family could be in better hands.

Think it is about time to get a professional set of photographs of your family done reasonably and locally? Take a John G 2look at his website. The “Portrait Tips” will get you started. It lets you know what times work best, how long it takes, and what to do to prepare.

Smart phone photos are great and convenient, but when you decide to frame a photo that you will remember for the rest of your life, let John Gregory take it. You will never regret it.

Thank you John Gregory Photography again for supporting the Federal Point History Center as one of our Business Members. We hope our members will return the favor very soon!

John Gregory Photography
333 Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach,  NC  28449

Office hours:  11 AM to 6 PM  Seven days a week, other times by appointment