Carolina Marine Terminal

Featured Business Member
July, 2015

By Tony (Lem) PhillipsCarolina Marine Terminal

When the Federal Point History Center welcomes a new Business Member or simply salutes a long standing member, we usually speak with pride of a small enterprise or local shop serving the public with fine fares or needed services. But what about when the Business Member operates on equipment loaded with 30,000 to 50,000 TONS of product moved in a DAY?

Carolina Marine Terminal located at 3330 River Road in Wilmington, NC handles cargo from ships that cost $20,000 per day so they have to do it fast and they have to do it right the first time. They have an ingenious conveyor design that takes product from the ship and moves it rapidly. This system works along side a crane that can move 1,000 tons of bulk in an hour. They can get a truck in and out in 15 minutes from the time it hits the scales.

craneMike McCarley and Kevin Walker first ventured into business in the 1970’s and they have seriously impacted the local material handling business. There is no more of a state of the art system in our area and our hats are off to these adventurous gentlemen who have made this business such a huge success for them as well as for Wilmington.

Please welcome the Carolina Marine Terminal as a very welcomed Business Members of the Federal Point History Center!! We are very proud and we are very impressed.

Carolina Marine Terminal
3330 River Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
Phone: (910) 395-4777. Fax: (910) 791-4054


Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce

Featured Business MemberPI Chamber of Com
June, 2015

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Maybe the very best Business Member of the Federal Point History Center is our own Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Are you coming to Carolina Beach soon? Do you know where you want to eat? Play? Stay? Or just need to know where to go for stuff? Anything exciting going on? One of the absolutely best resources we have is our very own Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce webpage.

What a beautiful webpage with scenes from all over our wonderful island. With so many topics to choose from and key-word searchable, you can’t go wrong. Want to know what’s coming up soon? They have a calendar of events as well as tabs for food, places, lodging and fun things to do.

Even the locals use this webpage to stay informed. You can’t beat it and it is the most beautiful, dynamic page available for us today detailing our own Paradise Island.

Give them a call or send for information and please as always, be sure to thank them PI Chamber of Com #2for supporting your local History Center.

Check out their webpage at:

Or go by and visit:
1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-8434



Britt’s Donuts

Featured Business Member
May, 2015

by Tony (Lem) PhillipsBobby-and-Maxine-at-counter-1

This month, the History Center sends out a very sweet shout to a local legend, Britt’s Donuts. Located at #11 The 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.

Bobby-weigning-doughBe sure to go by and have a Boardwalk staple, a fresh hot sweet Britt’s donut and thank them again for 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


Daniel Norris and Britt’s have a wonderful collaboration on Facebook as well at The photos above come from Daniel Norris’s fan club Facebook page.



Winner’s RV Park

Winner RV Park

Featured Business of the Month
April, 2015

by Tony (Lem) Phillips

We would like to recognize our Business Member, Winner RV Park this month. Winner’s RV Park, on the coast of North Carolina in scenic Carolina Beach was begun way back in the 1950’s and 60’s by Martin Winner as a year-round trailer park. It is now managed by his grandson, Troy Slaughter.

As the only dedicated RV Park on the island, they offer full hook-ups and are conveniently located in the heart of Carolina Beach, within walking distance of the beach, fishing fleet, dining, and nightlife.

Located just 15 miles south of I-40 and historic Wilmington, North Carolina, their guests enjoy such attractions as the Battleship USS North Carolina, historic downtown Wilmington, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the Fort Fisher Confederate Museum and Battleground, the Southport Ferry, fishing piers, the Winner Fishing Fleet, charter fishing boats, miles of beaches, Freeman Park and the North Carolina State Park at Fort Fisher.

Situated on land that has been in the Winner family since the 1800s, the goal of the Winner family is to provide an enjoyable RV experience for your family during your stay at Carolina Beach. They warmly welcome families, pets on leashes, fishermen (and women), vacationers and tourists. If your RV requires 50 amp service, they will be happy to accommodate you.

Reservations are suggested, especially during Memorial Day, the Azalea Festival, July 4th, and Labor Day. Looking forward to having you as their guest!

Contact them at: 601 N. Lake Park Blvd.,Carolina Beach, NC 28428. Office:910-458-1098, Mobile: 910-538-5666

Frank’s Pizza

Featured Business of the MonthFranks Pizza
March, 2015

by Tony (Lem) Phillips

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society would like to welcome Frank’s Pizza back to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. After a devastating year in 2014, Frank’s Pizza has literally risen from the ashes to come back and continue to be one of the mainstays of our Boardwalk and a very welcome Business Member of the Federal Point History Center.

For twenty-two years Frank’s has opened for business selling New York Style pizza, calzones, and Stromboli on Carolina Beach Avenue North (Boardwalk) right across from Britt’s Donuts.

Mister Frank Tatey originally opened Frank’s Pizza around 1992. Mr. Tatey later sold it to one Frank Williamson who finally sold it to Debbie Whitley in 2003.

Debbie kept the name and slice by delicious slice, Frank’s became the “go to” place on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for great pizza.

Last year, the owner, Debbie Whitley passed away. After that loss, the north end of the Boardwalk suffered an historic fire. While it may have looked like Frank’s Pizza was going to be a memory, Debbie’s son, Patrick Adair was working hard to bring it back better than ever.

Franks opening soonFrank’s Pizza aims to reopen by the end of March 2015.

Newly located beside Britt’s Donuts at #9 Carolina Beach Avenue North. They have a lot of new equipment and some great new ideas!

Keep your eyes and ears open for a new Frank’s Pizza website to develop by summer of 2015 advertising fresh pizza, calzones, and Stromboli. Look for later hours, dine in, carry out and the same delivery area as they had before. Do not forget to “like” their Facebook page.

Frank’s Pizza exemplifies the spirit of our community in Carolina Beach and the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society is extremely proud to have them as a Business Member. Welcome back Frank’s!!


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!

Drifter’s Reef Motel

Drifter's Reef Motel

Drifter’s Reef Motel

Featured Business of the Month
January, 2015

by Tony (Lem) Phillips

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society sends out a very warm welcome to our newest Business Member, Drifter’s Reef Motel in Carolina Beach.

Drifter’s Reef Motel is centrally located in Carolina Beach just a few blocks from our beautiful sandy beaches, old fashion boardwalk with amusement rides, fabulous restaurants, shopping, and great fishing.

At Drifter’s Reef Motel, they offer comfortable nicely decorated motel rooms at affordable prices and a friendly staff that treats you like family.

The Drifters Reef Motel In Carolina Beach offers a fun filled family vacation spot and a clean uncrowded beach. The Carolina Beach boardwalk offers great restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and a family Amusement Park with Thursday night fireworks and kids rides. The Carolina Beach boardwalk and beach are all within a few short blocks and easy walking distance.

Visitors love staying at the Drifters Reef Motel in Carolina Beach because it is convenient to everything that the beach has to offer, and there is so much to do. So, when you decide to come to Carolina Beach for vacation or some fishing, beach fun or just to breathe the fresh salt air, call the Drifters Reef Motel. Book your Carolina Beach Vacation at affordable prices!

And….they are located within a few blocks of the Federal Point History Center.

For reservations today! Call 910-458-5414

Wilmington Water Tours

Captain Doug Springer

Captain Doug Springer

Featured Business of the Month
December, 2014

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.

We 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 Mary’s, you will WWT1find something affordable and fun to do.

Captain 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.

The Wilmington 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.

WWT2-1Wilmington 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 us to provide a wide range 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 History Center for every ticket purchased by members.


WilmingtonWaterTours2To reserve tickets call FPHPS at 910-458-0502
        – or Wilmington Water Tours at 910-338-3134

Wilmington Water Tours
212 S. Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
tickets: 910.338.3134
private charters: 910.632.4095


Island Tackle

Featured Business of the Month – November 2014

Island Tackle and Hardware

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Island TackleIsland Tackle and Hardware, a TrueValue store, is also a valued Business Member of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society.

While the name gives away the fact that they are very interested in fishing, don’t miss out on seeing everything they have to offer the community.

A first class hardware store as well as a shop for gifts to fit anyone’s imagination. And don’t forget the gas for the BBQ. Pull up to the tank and fill up.

They are located at 801 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428. Or visit them online at . They have an online store but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, call them at 910-458-3049.

Island Tackle and Hardware, is a True Value Hardware Store and a “Full Service Fishing Paradise.” Visit them soon and tell them that you too are members of FPHPS.Gone_Fishing_3

Big Daddy’s

Featured Business of the MonthBog Daddy's #3
September, 2014

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society is very proud to welcome Big Daddy’s Restaurant of Kure Beach, NC as a new Business Member. Gerald Huffman, manager of Big Daddy’s, sent the application in August of 2014.

Big Daddy’s is located on the corner of Ft. Fisher Blvd and K Ave in Kure beach. They have been serving “Seafood at its Best” since 1965.

Big Daddy's #1 The Kure Beach location boasts a colorful and assorted history. The Eakes Family who owns the restaurant tried many ideas to serve the public in the early years.

Big Daddy’s property has been home to a miniature golf course, dune buggy rental and, “open-air” dance hall. They tried an ice cream parlor, breakfast house and, steak house. Now, the restaurant serves us the finest steak and seafood around. They are open every day from 12PM until…   Months are from spring’s opening day until the last week in September.

The History Society is very impressed with the history of Big Daddy’s and the stories it tells us of our youth and days well spent having fun in Kure Beach, NC. They continue to be a part of our history as well and an enduring part of our future. Welcome Big Daddy’s to the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society.

(FYI: Big Daddy’s also supports Ft. Anderson in Brunswick County)