Jones “Neil” Pharr

Nov. 2011

We recently lost a loved and respected member of our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of J. Neil Pharr, who died on October 19, 2011.

Neil owned the Carolina Beach Drug Store and was the pharmacist there for many years until it closed in the late 80’s.

He was also a two term mayor of Carolina Beach and the thing most remembered about him is that he always tried to help everyone who came to him for help and advice.

Neil grew up in Concord and graduated from the Pharmacy School at UNC-Chapel Hill and worked as a pharmacist at Pike‟s Pharmacy in Concord and then came to Carolina Beach where he became the town pharmacist and friend to all.

Digital Image Project

Digital Image Project – Moving Ahead   (Jan, 2011)

We have now scanned pictures from three families that have been long time residents of the Federal Point Area. The Kure’s, the Winner’s and the Burnett’s (see pictures below) We’d love to add some more families to our Digital Archive so please keep an eye out for a box of old pics you‟d be willing to have us archive.

What we do is BORROW your pictures for 4-6 weeks. We look through them and scan the ones that are most evocative of the Federal Point areas – Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Myrtle Grove Sound, Seabreeze. You give the Society the rights to use the scanned photos in our publications and projects but you get your originals back. We‟ll also give you a CD with all the pictures we scanned which you can pass on to the next generation.
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Films that Used Federal Point for Location Shots

Oral History Committee – Ann Hertzer

Calling All Movie Buffs!

We are working on a COMPLETE list of films that used Federal Point for location shots. Here’s what Ann Hertzler has collected for Kure Beach so far.

Wilmywood, the Hollywood name for Wilmington, has produced more than 300 films since the 1980s. More than a dozen have featured Kure Beach.  Favorite areas to film have been around the pier and the secluded areas of Fort Fisher. Prime spots are the ocean, the ferry, the boat basin, and the Aquarium.

1980s Week End at Bernie’s

1993 Linda
1993 Love, Honor, & Obey: Last Mata Marriage
1993 Twilight Zone: The Theater

1995 To Gilian on her 37th Birthday
1995  Traveler

… and ..

Federal Point Lighthouse Foundation Uncovered!

[From the December, 2009 FPHPS Newsletter]

Federal Point Lighthouse Excavation. Nov. 2009

Federal Point Lighthouse Excavation. Nov. 2009


Federal Point Lighthouse Excavation. Nov. 2009

Federal Point Lighthouse Excavation. Nov. 2009

On Thursday, November 19, a crew from the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology and the staff of the Fort Fisher State Historic Site uncovered what is believed to be the foundation of the first (and second) Federal Point Lighthouse.   Measurement of the walls and dimensions of the brick floor match known building plans for the original 1816 light almost exactly.

Located east of the Confederate Monument and located directly in front of the location of the Keeper’s Quarters uncovered by Stanley South in the 1960’s, a number of small artifacts, including pieces of glass bottle, period dishes, and any number of Civil War period minnie balls and pieces of canon-balls, were found.

Sadly for lighthouse fans, the site was covered over at the end of the second day to preserve the foundation from salt-water, rain, and drastic temperature changes.  Jim Steele, Director of the Fort Fisher Historic Site, does hope to find a way to “interpret” the location of both the lighthouse and the keeper’s quarters in the future.


Monthly Meeting – Nov. 2009 – ‘The Kure Family Legacy ‘

November Meeting – Monday November 16, 2009

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, November 16 at 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Ellen Kure

Ellen Kure


Hans A. Kure

Hans A. Kure

Our program this month will be a showing a section of the video The Kure Family Legacy made in 1991, produced by the Kure Family. Featured in the narration are A.E. “Punky” Kure, Pat Robertson Rice, Mike Robertson and the late Jennie Kure Robertson Bagley.

The story concentrates on the early years from Hans Anderson Kure and his wife Ellen‟s immigration to America and the establishment of their family in Wilmington.

Hans was a ship’s chandler and owner of numerous warehouses and steamers in the early 1890s, when Wilmington was a large and prosperous port. We learn about the first generation, William, Hans, Lawrence, Andrew, and Elene.

Invited to join us for the evening are “Punky” Kure, Mike Robertson, and Pat Rice who will answer questions and lead a discussion on the history of the Kure Family.

The program is in memory of Jennie Bagley, who passed away in September. She was a charter member of Kure Lutheran Memorial Church, and worked at UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Her memories provide a fascinating peek at the early years of the development of Fort Fisher Seabeach, and the Kure Beach pier.


Monthly Meeting Report for November, 2009 – Published in the December, 2009 Newsletter

Over 50 people enjoyed a segment of the The Kure Family Legacy DVD. The segment covered the very early years of Hans and Ellen Kure’s lives and how they came to America and to the North Carolina Coast.

They must have been truly amazing people. Ellen Kure went from being a lady-in-waiting to the Royal Court in Denmark to raising a family and helping her husband build up his business in the primitive conditions of Kure Beach and the more civilized conditions of Wilmington (Most years they spent summers at the beach and winters in Wilmington) before the turn to the twentieth century.

I just love this note in the Bill Reaves files:

“July 4, 1895 FEDERAL POINT. A large number of people visited Carolina Beach and spent a quiet, pleasant day. There was music for dancing all day, which was taken advantage of by a large number. Several fishing parties went out in the afternoon. The surf bathers were on hand in large numbers. Mrs. Mayo and Mrs. Kure had all they could do serving guests with sea delicacies. The last boat to Wilmington returned at 9:30 p.m. and the ride on the river was delightful. WILM.STAR, 7-6-1895.”

A huge thanks to “Punky” Kure, Pat Rice, and “Curly” Shands for answering questions and adding comentary at the end of the film.

What’s in a Name? “Federal Point”

The following appeared in the FPHPS Newsletter in 2002  

Federal Point: Monkey Junction to Fort Fisher

Federal Point:
Monkey Junction to Fort Fisher

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society is named for Federal Point Township, which makes up a large portion of New Hanover County southward of Monkey Junction, bounded on the west by the Cape Fear River and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean.  

The peninsula includes many neighborhoods along River Road and Mrytle Grove Sound including Seabreeze.  South of Snow’s Cut lies Carolina Beach, Wilmington Beach, Hanby Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher.  

Wilmington Beach was recently annexed into Carolina Beach, and Hanby Beach was annexed into Kure Beach.  

Even though some of these communities are relatively new, this whole area is rich in history from prehistoric time, when native Indians frequented the area, through the period of colonization and early settlement, the Civil War and both World Wars.  

The earliest mention of Federal Point by name appears on a map engraved by Joshua Potts around 1777.  However, it is generally accepted that it was named during the 1790’s in honor of the new Federal Government and the ratificaion of the United States Constitution by North Carolina in 1789.  

In 1861, with the onset of the Civil War, the Confederates changed the name to Confederate Point, but it was changed back again in 1865 with the fall of Fort Fisher and the occupation of Wilmington.

Major Donation: Postcard Collection

[from December, 2009 FPHPS newsletter]

Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray

Santa came for real in early December when Thomas Gray donated FORTY-SEVEN postcards to our growing collection.  Framed beautifully in thematic groups and including a number Elaine Henson declared “rare,” they add significantly in our ability to provide iconic images to our visitors and researchers.

At the January Board meeting, board members unanimously accepted this generous donation and extended our most sincere appreciation to Thomas, a life-time member of the Society from Winston-Salem.

Thomas Gray - Elaine Henson

Thomas Gray – Elaine Henson

For now they’ve been hung on the back wall of the Library, the only large space we currently have to display them together in all their technicolor glory. The next time you’re at the History Center, take some time to look in the Library.  You’ll be transported in time by these glorious bits of histor. 




 Below: Two scanned cards from the Postard Collection donated by Thomas Gray


Sunday Crowd

Sunday Crowd



Waters Edge at Carolina Beach

Waters Edge at Carolina Beach

Louis T. Moore and Dr. Fales Photograph Collections

Fales - Pier

Fales:   Shoo-Fly Pier

by Rebecca Taylor

In working to catalog and organize the pictures we’ve collected here at the History Center, I’ve been reminded again of the wonderfully rich resource we have access to at the click of a mouse button.

Owned and published on the web by the New Hanover County Public Library are the Dr. Robert Fales  “A History of  Wilmington in Pictures Collection” and the L. T. Moore “Wilmington in Pictures Collection.”

Dr. Robert M. Fales M.D. was a long time area physician who spent his retirement years collecting well over 1000 images of the Lower Cape Fear area.

He originally intended to collect only photos of area physicians who had practiced in Wilmington during the early part of the twentieth century.  But as news got out that Dr. Fales was collecting old pictures, people began to loan and give him all kinds of “old photos.”  Originally Dr. Fales made slides of the pictures and spend a good deal of time doing slide shows throughout the community.

Louis T Moore, a descendant of THE Moore Family, was the secretary of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce from 1921 to 1941 He was a tenacious promoter of his hometown and the area surrounding it.  His daughter, Peggy, recalls: “It was a ritual every Sunday afternoon. Daddy had this great big box camera and every Sunday we would drive out and take pictures.”

Bame Hotel

Bame Hotel

Moore wrote numerous articles for such magazines as The World Traveler, and the Nautical Gazette promoting tourism to the Wilmington and New Hanover County.  His most famous literary effort was the publication in 1956 of Stories Old And New of the Cape Fear Region.

The photograph collection contains almost 1000 pictures and in 1982 the Friends of the Library funded a project to copy all the silver nitrate negatives and make contact prints of the entire collection.  The effort to digitize the collection was a joint project of the New Hanover Public Library and the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.

Though Wilmington is the historic entity that appears in the title of both collections they each contain a large number of images of our own “Federal Point.”  They provide a wealth of information for anyone doing research on the area as well as being just plain fun to look at.

To find these wonderful resources and many more image collections start here – for a description (and link) to all of the New Hanover image collections.

To find the Fales photograph collections scroll down this list to find either the “Dr. Robert M. Fales MD Collection”  or the “Louis T. Moore Collection.”  Both are searchable by subject, the Fales collection can also be searched by date.  The Fales photos can be printed on your printer or by right clicking you can “copy” them to a file or into a document.  The Moore Pics are a bit more complicated to copy but you can do it if you are proficient with a program that can edit pictures.