Society Notes – July, 2021

By: Darlene Bright, History Center Director

From a Contributor:

Finale of Welborn’s island trilogy published this summer-Crazy Beach Disc III- Craziest Beach from Federal Point Books

Federal Point History Center strives to support local artists and businesses carrying a wide selection of works by local authors and numerous books about local history. One such title the Center carries is by former long-time island resident, Lynn Welborn. His Crazy Beach series concludes with this summer’s release by Federal Point Books of Crazy Beach-Disc III-Craziest Beach.  Welborn grew up on Carolina Beach in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He worked at Britt’s Donut’s as a teen and was the first person Bobby Nivens hired after he bought the business from Mr. Britt in 1974.

Welborn has written two previous volumes, Crazy Beach-Disc I and Crazy Beach-Disc II-Crazier Beach about his experiences growing up here and his other life adventures, which include attending all three official Woodstock Festivals, the first in 1969 as an 11-year old stowaway. The books feature the Ft. Fisher Hermit (“Mr. Robert” to the youth of that era), as well as many other boardwalk, and island icons of that period. Federal Point Books has released this promo for Disc III:

The book, along with its two predecessors, Crazy Beach-Disc I and Crazy Beach-Disc II-Crazier Beach are available via Amazon (just type in L.R. Welborn), and at Old Books on Front St, and Pomegranate Books both in Wilmington, Island Book Store, and the Federal Point History Center both in Carolina Beach, Maritime Market on Bald Head Island, and chain locations everywhere.

The author, who now resides in Wilmington, will be on the boardwalk later this summer for a book signing. Stay tuned for the exact day/time/location. He is looking forward to seeing and catching up with old friends. The book’s Facebook page is Crazy Beach Novels.                                                                                                                                              — Lynn Welborn


Due to Covid, we have had to postpone our membership meetings until September. Therefore, our Board of Directors have appointed officers and Board members for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021.

Officers to serve a one-year term from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 are:
      President – Elaine Henson
      Vice-President – Lauren Gibbs
      Secretary – Pam Bramhall
Treasurer – Darlene Bright

Board Members to serve a two-year term from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023 are:
      Chris Fonvielle
Jay Winner
Don Snook
Bryon Moore

 Many thanks to John Moseley and Brenda Coffey for their service. They are rotating off the Board after 3 two-year terms in accordance with our Bylaws.


During June, The History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­76 visitors.

  • Welcome to new members: Jane Davison of Carolina Beach, Dick and Shannon Rowe of Carolina Beach, and Chris Rhue, of Wilmington.
  • Apologies to new Lifetime members Julia and Daniel Crouch of Carolina Beach for misreading their membership application in June.

Society Notes – June, 2021

By: Darlene Bright, History Center Director

New Exhibit at Fort Fisher

KURE BEACH, NC—On June 29, 2021, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will debut a new exhibit depicting the contributions and remarkable story of Lumbee Indians at Fort Fisher entitled, A Memory A People Could Not Forget: Lumbee Indians at Fort Fisher.

Guest curated by the Museum of the Southeastern American Indian and the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, the Civil War exhibit conveys the vital role played by Lumbee Indians in building the Fort’s massive earthworks alongside free and enslaved African Americans.

Faced with the reality of conscription and brutal working conditions, the Lumbee Indians endured seemingly endless labor demands in building what came to be known as the Gibraltar of the South. This new exhibit uses text, maps, photographs, and diagrams to show the grim price paid by individuals who were transported more than a hundred miles from home to construct the colossal Confederate fortress.


  • In May, the History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­61 visitors. The UDC held their monthly meeting at the History Center.
  • Welcome to new members: Faith Savoca and Family of Wilmington, Richard Manning of Clemmons, NC, and Lifetime members Julia and Daniel Crouch and Ann Braxton of Carolina Beach.

 Volunteer Service Hours

Does anyone know a teenager or two who need some volunteer service hours?  We are currently cataloging our map collection and need to take a photograph of each map. We need a few days help with our 50 or so maps so that they can be unrolled, spread out on the floor, photographed, and then re-rolled.

Society Notes – May, 2021

By: Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of longtime Society member Deborah Hockenbury, who passed away on May 4 after a long illness.
  • The History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­64 visitors. The UDC held their monthly meeting at the History Center.
  • Welcome to new members: Brent Byerly of Thomasville, Kelli Weeks of Carolina Beach, John Smith & Jennifer Cameron of Carolina Beach, and Dan Cookinham of Carolina Beach.

 

The Exhibit Committee is working to “spiff up” some of our exhibits. We desperately need someone to build us a scale model of the original Swing Bridge!

We’d also like to do an exhibit on the Federal Point Lighthouse but need someone who can build us a model of the 3rd lighthouse, the one that was a two story house with a light on top. We can provide photos of both. 

 

 

Society Notes – April, 2021

By: Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­47 visitors.
  • The UDC held their monthly meeting at the History Center.
  • Welcome to new members: Alise and David Hull of Kure Beach, George Stouffer of Carolina Beach, and Michael McCarley of Wilmington.

                            March Donations – Thank You So Much  

          Donald L. Hatch, Jr.                                 Helen Peterson

          Linda Ogden                                             Garth and Debra Bowling

          Brooks N. Preik                                         Mike McCarley


Don’t Forget to “Like”us on Facebook!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Society Notes – March, 2021

New Book – Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr.

Paperback – Autographed – in Stock

$22.95

 

  • Buried Alive? The Tragic Fate of Samuel Russell Jocelyn, Jr.
  • The Confederate Blockade Runner: Fanny & Jenny and her Legendary Sword
  • The Ill-Fated Lady: The Drowning of Rose O’Neale Greenhow
  • A Man and His Dog: Faithful Unto Death
  • In Search of the Maco Light: The Lower Cape Fear’s Most Famous Ghost Story

 


 Society NotesBy Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­57 visitors. The UDC held their monthly meeting at the History Center.
  • Welcome to new members: LIFETIME: Adam Jones of Chapel Hill, Ken Ewing of Carolina Beach, Tom Campbell of Carolina Beach; Corbin and Chad Moose of Salisbury, Robert Brewer of Gaithersburg, MD. Also Business Members Cory and Cathrine Robbins of the Hoplite Irish Pub in Carolina Beach.

Donations – Thank You So Much

       

                         Mike Robertson – Kure Beach Pier                                              Town of Carolina Beach

                         Charles Henson Painting                                                               Jay and Deborah Hockenbury

                         Doris Bame                                                                                       Janice Ludwig

                         James and Clare Kalina                                                                  Bobby and Maxine Nivins

                         Jeffrey and Francis Tarvin                                                             John and Theodore Podkul

                         Charles Yeager, Jr.                                                                          John and Jeannie Gordon

                         Pat Bolander                                                                                     Norm and Margaret Melton

                         Pam and Ray Bramhall                                                                     Adam Jones

                         Lawrence J. Fetner                                                                         Ted and Mary Ann Targonski

                         Shelley Wiltshire

 

Society Notes – Feb, 2021

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

New Book by Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr.

Now in Stock @ FPHPS

Paperback – Autographed –

$22.95

  • Buried Alive? The Tragic Fate of Samuel Russell Jocelyn, Jr.
  • The Confederate Blockade Runner: Fanny & Jenny and her Legendary Sword
  • The Ill-Fated Lady: The Drowning of Rose O’Neale Greenhow
  • A Man and His Dog: Faithful Unto Death
  • In Search of the Maco Light: The Lower Cape Fear’s Most Famous Ghost Story

JOHN C. GOLDEN

Sadly, the Society has lost another longtime supporter. John C. Golden, Jr., age 79, passed away on Friday, January 29th at Hospice LifeCare Center in Wilmington.

A graduate of Duke and Harvard, he came to Wilmington in 1977, as an employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

After he retired, he dedicated his time to telling stories and making music throughout the community. He served as President of the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear and was always generous with his time and talent to the entire history lovers’ community.


  • The History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­46 visitors. The UDC held their monthly meeting at the History Center.
  • Welcome to new member: Ned Irvine of Wilmington

Donors

  • Amanda and Jennings Nestor
    *   United Daughters of the Confederacy
    *   Got-‘Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club

 

Society Notes – January, 2021

Harry Edell Oakes, III

January 7, 1943 – November 17, 2020

Our Society says a sad farewell to longtime member and staunch supporter, Harry Oakes. Harry, a longtime employee of the Town of Carolina Beach, is credited with the idea of turning the “new” Town Hall’s gazebo into our History Center in the late 1990’s.

As the story goes, Leslie Bright was talking to Harry about the difficulties the Society was having finding a regular place to hold meetings. Harry suggested we request the town allow us to finish the old Blockade Runners of the Confederacy Museum picnic shelter (gazebo) into a building we could use for a nominal rent on a long term lease. As they say “history was born.” Harry will also always be remembered as “one of the best Shaggers on the Island.”


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­42 visitors.
  • The UDC held their monthly meeting at the History Center.
  • Welcome to new members: Mark and Foy Yates, Carolina Beach and Gerald Hall, Kure Beach.

Society Notes – December, 2020

Fund Raiser!

Just in time for Christmas (or other gift giving occasions).  Help us raise funds by buying something everyone needs.   The Society gets $10.00 for every set of sheets sold. Samples are at the History Center.

Sale ends December 31, 2020!

 


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center had 42 visitors in November.
  • New Members: Janine Talbot of Wilmington is a new LIFETIME member

RECENT DONORS — THANK YOU!

Pam and Ray Bramhall – Carolina Beach

Lloyd H. Saunders – McKinney, Texas

Town of Carolina Beach – For Ryder Lewis Park Signage


Please Support Our Business Members!   (link)

A & G Barbecue and Chicken

Atlantic Towers

Ned Barnes, Attorney

Beach Photography – John Gregory

Big Daddy’s

BlueCoast Realty, Corp.

Britt’s Donut Shop

Bullard Realty

Captain Charlie’s Adventures

Charles Henson Painting

Coastal K-9 Bakery

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage – Kathy Marcinowski

Got-Em-On Live Bait Club

Hurricane Alley’s

Island Gazette

Island Tackle and Hardware

Kure Beach Fishing Pier

McQuery Properties, LLC

Tucker Bros. Realty Company

Wilmington Water Tours

Winner Marine Construction

Winner RV Park

In loving memory of the Royal Palm Hotel by the Fountain Family


 

Society Notes – Nov. 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

Fund Raiser!

Just in time for Christmas (or other gift giving occasions).  Help us raise funds by buying something everyone needs.   The Society gets $10.00 for every set of sheets sold. Samples are at the History Center.

Sale ends December 31, 2020!

www.CoZzzyComfy.com/online-store

 


In Memoriam

 Eddie Capel   1947-2020

It is with heavy hearts that we share the death of our dear treasurer, Eddie Capel.  We always looked forward to the treasurer’s reports filled with his wonderful sense of humor.  He loved our organization and served until the very last weeks of his life.

Eddie grew up in Apex, NC, but his parents had a house on Carolina Beach Avenue North since his growing up years and his family spent summers there. Eddie and his wife, Pam, replaced it with a new house in the 1990s and continued to spend summers at the beach with their children, Jason and Amanda. When Jason married, they added Jane and then grandson, Davis, to the family.  They became full time beach residents a few years ago when they sold their home in Durham and became active members of the FPHPS.  About two years ago, Eddie’s sister, Martha Breslin, built a house behind his facing Canal Drive.  She moved from Massachusetts making them neighbors at the beach where they spent their youth.

Eddie had lots of stories of his younger days on the beach and was a great resource of our history.  He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.

You can read the obituary at www.andrewsmortuary.com/obituary/edwin-capel-jr


Longtime member, Earl Page, died on September 10, 2020.  Earl was living in Florida with his son and family.  We send condolences to his loved ones.


Recent Donors – Thank You so Much!

Byron and Judy Moore – Kure Beach, NC

Elaine B. Henson – Wilmington, NC

Dottie Minor, Johnson City, TN

Donald Hatch Jr. – Spring Grove, IL

Jennings & Amanda Nestor – Carolina Beach, NC

Griff Fountain – Winter Haven, FL

Fred & Margaret Crouch, Wilmington, NC


  •  The History Center had 41 visitors in October. The UDC used the center for their monthly meeting.

 

Society Notes – Oct. 2020

Last Salute to Paul Laird,
FPHPS Board Member

and Longtime Friend of Fort Fisher

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Paul Laird, age 65, of Leland, NC, who passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Paul graduated from UNCW with a degree in history.

He was passionate about local history and had a special interest in the Civil War and Revolutionary War periods. Paul was a member of our Society since 2000 and was currently serving on our Board of  Directors. He was instrumental in raising funds needed for the interpretive signs for the Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr. Civil War Park at Carolina Beach. Paul will surely be missed by all who knew him.


Featured Business Member

Hurricane Alley’s

Hurricane Alley’s, located on the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk next to the Marriott, is a bar/restaurant founded in May of 2012.  At the time the current owner took it over, it was a dilapidated shell of a building that over the years housed a bar named Shipwreck among other businesses.  In 2020 the building underwent another major renovation which added 1,500 square feet of rooftop deck with amazing oceanfront views.  They added a walk-in cooler, an upgraded kitchen and a full interior update.

The upstairs interior is paneled using wood from the old Kure Beach pier, the bar top was made from a tree that had fallen during one of the recent hurricanes and shelves were made from drift-wood that had washed up on the beach.  Hurricane Alley’s serves American food favorites, is open year-round with seasonal hours and welcomes customers of all ages.

 


Society Notes – Oct. 2020

      By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center reopened for visitation on Friday, September 25
    — 5 Visitors. No meeting or program was held.