Museum Of The Cape Fear Historical Complex
801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville NC. Saturday April 6, 2013
“SKIRMISHES AND SHORTAGES: NC IN 1863” Living history featuring musical performances by the Huckleberry Brothers Band, tintype/ambrotype photographer Harry Taylor, and guest speaker Raina Kellerman presenting on “Women in Civil War Arsenals.” Discover the story of “Long Grabs” McSween, the unofficial war correspondent for the Fayetteville Observer. Learn more about his extraordinary life and listen to an interpretive reading of his letters. Musket firings at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30. Hands on activities: Cartridge Rolling.
Bennett Place State Historic Site
4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham, NC. Saturday, April 20, 2013 10:00 to 4:00. Sunday, April 21 10:00 to 3:00pm
“WAR AND SURRENDER DEPICTED THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, ART, AND JOURNALISM” Join us as we showcase the American Civil War throughout history and how it has been portrayed through photography, art, and journalism. Historians, artists, and authors will share their artwork, books, and exhibits on how the war has been viewed and preserved. Civil War soldiers will be encamped around the Bennett Farm demonstrating life as it was during the Civil War.. The annual Unity Monument wreath laying ceremony will take place with special presentations and guest speakers.
NC Museum of History
5 E. Edenton Street Raleigh NC Sunday April 28, 2013 2pm.
“THE POWER AND POPULARITY OF MUSIC IN THE CIVIL WAR” Christian L. McWhirter, Assistant Editor for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln will speak from published and archival material from the National Archives. McWhirter analyzes the numerous ways music influenced popular culture in the years surrounding the war and discusses its deep meaning for both whites and blacks, South and North.
Friends Of Oakdale Cemetery – April, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Bird Tour
Enjoy a morning of birding at Oakdale with Dr. James Parnell, noted ornithologist and author of numerous books and articles about birds. Dr. Parnell is a retired professor of biology at UNC-W. Tour cancelled in event of inclement weather. Admission is $10 for non-members; free for members.
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon – Walking Tour
Ms. Robin Triplett will delight the group with a general historical tour of the cemetery. She will enlighten you with stories such as the Fireman and his dog,a murder in Cary that still remains unsolved just to name a few. Tour cancelled in event of inclement weather. Admission is $10.00 for non-members; free for members
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon – Walking Tour
Mr. Chris Nelson will lead the tour about most notable people of public service. He will give the details of the men who served as firemen in Wilmington and their events which may have led them to their final resting place in Oakdale. Tour cancelled in event of inclement weather. Admission is $10.00 for non-members; free for members.
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon – Walking Tour
Mr. Eric Kozen, Superintendent will take you on a special tour of the cemetery explaining its 150 + year old history. Give you a taste of horticulture specimens along with funerary art. Tour cancelled in event of inclement weather. Admission is $10.00 for non- members; free for members.
Darlene Bright, History Center Director
- This month we recorded 39 members and guests at our February meeting. The History Center recorded 55 visitors. The gift shop took in $ 57.40.
- A huge thanks to Chris Fonvielle for leading the Walk to Sugar Loaf again this year. We netted $225 in donations.
- Please welcome new member Tony Phillips of Carolina Beach.
- Thanks to our History Center Volunteers Carl Filipiak and Ron Griffin for working on the cataloging of the subject files. That project is finally beginning to move ahead.
- Newsletter: Thanks to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter and Lois Taylor for her help getting the Newsletter in the mail.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Rebecca has been madly clipping almost 10 years of old newspapers that had accumulated in our archives. Now we have lots and lots of clippings and new subject folders that need to be filed. No computer experience required.
If you have a couple of hours a week for a short-term project, please consider helping us get all our resources in tip-top shape. We also need people with some basic computer experience to enter these subject records into our online catalog, which is a much more long-term project.
The Society desperately needs one or two people to revitalize the Historic Building Plaque Program! A number of the plaques need to be refurbished and new properties scouted for future documentation.
Compiled and edited by Ann Hertzler
High Rock was northeast of Corncake Inlet approximately 2 1⁄2 to 3 miles below Ft. Fisher pier. You don’t see it. They all had their own separate marks – shoreline…you could see across the river…a tree… and you’d put that in with another one here and where they cross, that’s where you anchor.
Six or seven Freemen fishermen fished with a rowboat. They’d go out to a place called High Rock in the early fall time of year. June, July and August, just forget it. It’s not like it used to because the mullet don’t run. Each fisherman would keep his own fish on a stringer, so when he came back in, he took his fish and sold ‘em. There was always a crowd waiting. The man who owned the boat would take a percentage of each man’s catch.
Fishing the seasons:
- Early fall was mullet, Black Trout or Speckled Trout. You catch them in nets, too.
- Winter was Roe mullet. You catch catfish in the river on trout lines.
- Spring was Virginia mullet, also known as Whiting. Spots don’t come in until early August. You have to go off shore now to catch mackerel, King mackerel and Spanish mackerel.
- Summertime was black fish and gray trout. Sometimes you’re trolling; other times bottom fished anchored in places that you’d found through experience.
President’s Message – April, 2013
We learned a tremendous amount about Captain John Harper at March’s meeting. Thanks go to Ann Hutteman for all the time she put into researching and preparing her talk. After the meeting everyone talked about how much they had learned about the very beginnings of “the beach.”
Read more about Ann Hutterman’s presentation here.
Capt. John Harper
Last Month’s Meeting – April, 2013
At our March meeting, Ann Hutteman, a local historian and writer spoke about the life and times of Captain John Harper, ship captain, land developer, and an important figure in the founding of Carolina Beach.
Capt. John Harper, ran the steamship Wilmington from 1891- 1917. John’s older brother ran daily trips from Smithville to Wilmington first, and then the brothers joined to bring the steamship Passport from the mouth of the river to Wilmington for a fare of 50 cents a head.
In 1891 the Harper brothers bought a steamer, already named Wilmington, in Philadelphia. The ship could carry 500 passengers. At that time a small railroad ran from Sugar Loaf to the beach for 25 cents. The Harper’s also owned a dance pavillion at the end of the rail line and other properties at the Beach.
John Harper died in 1917 and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery. His granddaughter, Catherine Stribling, is alive and a resident at Autumn Care and eagerly talks about her family and grandfather. The steamer Wilmington became a fishing excursion ship in Tampa Bay until 1930, and is rumored to still be actively running in Brazil today.
Ann Hewlett Hutteman, local historian and writer is a sixth-generation Wilmingtonian, Ann attended Wilmington College and taught school in this area. Her father’s family, the Hewletts, have lived in the Masonboro Sound area since the American Revolution. Ann calls them “real clam diggers.” Ann’s book ‘Wilmington, NC A Postcard History’ is a significant resource for people doing local history research. She has also written a number of local church histories and is an expert genealogist.
Darlene Bright, History Center Director
- Active member and longtime Social Committee chair, Virginia Frances, passed away Thursday March 7 after a long struggle with a number of health issues. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.
- This month we recorded 23 members and guests at our February meeting. The History Center recorded 32 visitors. The gift shop took in $100.99.
- Please welcome new business member Cynthia Remahl, Realtor, with Intracoastal Realty Corporation of Carolina Beach.
- Thanks to our History Center Volunteers Demetria Sapienza and Lois Taylor for keeping the History Center open when Rebecca needed a day off. And, thanks to Cheri McNeill for her always thorough proofing of the newsletter and Lois Taylor for her help getting the Newsletter in the mail.
- Thanks to Carl Filipiak who has begun cataloging all our subject files on Friday mornings! It’s going to be great to have those files indexed in our regular catalog.
Rebecca has been madly clipping almost 10 years of old newspapers that had accumulated in our archives. Now we have lots and lots of clippings and new subject folders that need to be filed. No computer experience required.
If you have a couple of hours a week for a short term project please consider helping us get all our resources in tip-top shape. We also need people with some basic computer experience to enter these subject records into our online catalog, which is a much more long term project.
August 17, 1880 – The steamer PASSPORT was to make her last trip of the season to the “Rocks” at New Inlet. Capt. John W. Harper, master of the steamer, stated that “the tide will exactly suit for a good day’s fishing at this point, being low water about 12 noon”. (Wilm Star, 8-13-1880)
August 14, 1883 – A moonlight excursion was offered on the steamboat PASSPORT to Federal Point. Music and dancing, Sheepshead Supper at Mayo’s Place. Fare for round trip 50 cents. One hour at Federal Point. John W. Harper and George N. Harriss, Managers. (Wilm Star, 8-14-1883)
June 5, 1887 – Fifteen miles from Wilmington on the banks of the ocean is situated Carolina Beach which is daily, rapidly, and deservedly growing in popular favor. How is it reached? One hour is hardly spent on the steamer PASSPORT when the boat moves slowly to Harper’s Pier, where the pleasure seekers disembark to find in readiness a train of cars awaiting to carry them to their destination. These cars are made after the manner of cars used at Coney Island and are convenient and commodious. A ride of five or six minutes through a level and interesting country, filled with flowers and green shrubbery, brings you in full view of the ocean.
Compiled and edited by Ann Hertzler
The 5 piers going from south to north were Fort Fisher Pier, Kure Pier, Center Pier, the Steel Pier in the heart of Carolina Beach with the sky ride/lift, and the Northern Extension Pier. Now we have two – The Northern Extension and Mike’s at Kure Beach.
The Ft. Fisher pier, first built in 1938 was at the end of the highway. Only one bus between Wilmington and Carolina Beach would come down here and turn around further south than the cement gateways to Ft Fisher; but not beyond where the Ft. Fisher State Park/Aquarium is now. 500 ft. north of the museum was the end of the highway. The highway used to be over alongside the cliff with a huge, beautiful beach that was inaccessible. You could see part of it on low tide. A piling stood there for years after Hazel.
The pier with the bait shop was here with the cottages which had a restaurant. When you drove in to the pier or the restaurant, eight cottages were on the right hand side. There was nothing near the pier before they built the Blue Top. It was all forest.
Notice the difference in the two pictures of Fort Fisher Pier. The second picture has a platform on to load a boat. The boat would put out its anchor when it reached this platform and then put two guidelines to keep the boat from rocking so people could come aboard. They didn’t have to go through the breakers then.
This pier was 26 ft. wide and the nicest pier on the beach. All the other boats had to go through the surf. You could go up to Masonboro Inlet. Corncake Inlet was not deep enough for boats this size. It’s filled in now. Just this side of Bald Head was a nice inlet for outboards. If you got on the other side of Corncake, you were on Bald Head.
There were no inlets around here then. Masonboro was a man-made inlet, the one with the rocks on each side. Mother-nature made Corncake and also cut another inlet between Ft. Fisher Pier and Corncake. But it was only accessible by small Motorboats a few years. You went out to a place called High Rock, just a hop and a skip out in the ocean which was excellent fishing. Spanish mackerel were jumping everywhere. They’d jump in the boat it was so thick out there.
They did not have head boats and party boats like they do now to take people out. Carl Winner was one of the first ones to go out through the surf. And you helped him with the boat, bringing it up on the hill and putting it in the water. Not so much the women, but the men. You’ve already paid him his money and now you’re going to help put the boat in the water. That was common. Nobody gave it a second thought.
Last Month’s Meeting –
Our February meeting was a success as Frances Massey told us about the history of the Island of Lights Committee.
Originally founded in 1989-1990 as a project of the short lived Carolina Beach Jaycees, by early 1991 a formal Island of Lights Committee had a membership of 20 volunteers. Today they have an active membership of almost 50.
Their ongoing fundraising projects include the April fashion show, a booth at the October Jazz Festival, and, of course, the annual Christmas ornament and Christmas card. Events currently include the Lights on the Lake, the Christmas Parade, the Holiday flotilla, a tour of homes, and the New Years Eve countdown.
Frances Massey has strong ties to the local community. Her family moved to Carolina Beach when she was in 5th grade and she attended Carolina Beach School, Sunset Junior High, and was a member of the first full class at Hoggard High School. She is now retired from a life long career teaching K-5 special education in the New Hanover County Schools.
Also in February, 2013
Ribbon Cut for the opening of renovated
FPHPS Library and Archive
The library re-model is finally done and it looks so professional! Our library and archives will be far more functional with room to expand the collection as time goes by. Best of all we will be able to put our hands on specific information much more quickly. It will also provide a more effective and useful space for writers and researchers.