April Meeting — Richard Jones and the Venus Flytrap

Monday, April 15, 2019  –  7:30 PM

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Our program this month will be presented by Richard Jones, who is licensed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to grow Venus Flytraps.  Richard will talk about the history and biology of our most famous native plant.

While it’s against the law to remove or poach Venus Flytraps from the wild, Richard Jones has gotten permission to legally harvest seeds to grow and sell the plant. He is licensed to grow the plants by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s endangered species division and is inspected on a regular basis.

“The requirements are that they be farm-raised and I do grow from seed,” Jones explained. “I produce the seed myself. It is all done in house and I have done it that way for many years.”

“It is not so much hard as it is slow,” Jones says. “For the first two or three years, they are just so tiny, they are just little pin-pricks of chlorophyll, and then for the third and certainly by the fourth year, you get a growing spurt. But up until that time, they just have to be protected from any kind of physical damage, or drying out, it is a slow, slow process.”

Jones sells the carnivorous plants at farmer’s markets but he likes to point out that this is the only place in the world that a Venus Flytrap will naturally occur. “About a 90-mile radius of Wilmington is it, for the world, and that makes people look at them in a new light very, very often, over and above just how magical it is to watch a plant catch an insect.”

While the majority of his plants are Venus Flytraps, Jones also sells pitcher plants, another carnivorous plant. He said they are not as regulated as the Flytraps.”

Photos: Venus Flytraps – StarNewsOnline

Venus Flytrap–Dobbs’ “Catch Fly”

On April 2, 1759, Governor Arthur Dobbs penned a letter to his naturalist friend in England, Peter Collinson. His words are the first written about the Venus Flytrap: “We have a kind of Catch Fly sensitive which closes upon anything that touches it, it grows in the Latitude 34 but not in 35°– I will try to save the seed here.”


March Meeting: Celebration of our 25th Anniversary

Monday, February 18, 2019  – 7:30 PM

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society
Founded March 28, 1994

Join us for a trip down memory lane as our founding members talk about the early years of the Society.

There will be special refreshments and time to talk about all the projects the Society has been involved with over the years.

      Newton Homesite and Cemetery

Beauregard Shipwreck Overlook

Sedgeley Abbey

Events Calendar: 2017 (Past) Presentations

——— Past Meetings – 2017 ———

Monday, July 17, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)
Program: Jennifer Daughterty, Local History librarian for the New Hanover Public Library, will talk to us about genealogy, genetic testing, and how it is affected by race and ethnicity.




Monday, August 21, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)
Program: Author Tanya Binford, will talk about her book Crossing the Wake. At age 51 she took a year off work and accomplished her goal of circumnavigating the Eastern United States in a 25 foot boat.





Monday, September 18, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)
Program: Chris Fonvielle, author, historian and noted expert on Fort Fisher, returns to present his newest program, “Sex and the Civil War.” This one is rated PG-13.





Monday, October 16, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)
Program: Andrew Duppstadt, Program Development & Training Officer, NC Division of State Historic Sites, returns to present a program titled, “North Carolina Personalities of the War of 1812.







Monday, November 20, 2017: 7:30-9:00.  (past meetings)
Program: Vann Pearsall, of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, will present a program on the mission and goals of this nonprofit formed in 1992 to help protect locally and regionally valuable natural areas and waters.



Monday December 18, 2017: 6:30–8:30 pm. Holiday Covered Dish (past meetings)

The perfect time to bring friends and prospective members to celebrate the holiday season with all our history friends.




History Center — Located adjacent to Carolina Beach Municipal Complex


They are held at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.)

Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more information call: 910-458-0502. federal-point-history.org.



Monday, April 17, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)

Program:  Have you ever seen an old picture or post card of a Carolina Beach building and wondered where it was located or what is there today?

Elaine Henson will show businesses and buildings from long ago and what is there now, and in some cases, what was there in between.







Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Rescheduled
Original date: March 18, 2017 – Canceled because of rain.

Historian Chris Fonvielle will lead his annual walk along the remnants of the Sugar Loaf Line of Defense.  Pre-registration is required. Call 910-458-0502. A donation of $10.00 is requested.  (past meetings)

Chris Fonvielle: Local history buffs hope to rediscover Rock Spring (StarNews Online, March 18, 2017) Members of the Public Archaeology Corps hope to excavate the site of the Rock Spring, underneath the soon-to-be-demolished Water Street parking deck.


Monday, March 20, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)

Program: John Moseley of the Fort Fisher State Historic Site returns to talk on US Medal of Honor Winners from the Lower Cape Fear area.






Monday, February 20, 2017:  7:30-9:00 pm.(past meetings)

Program: Kemp Burdett, Cape Fear River Keeper will talk to us about his work to protect the water quality and ecosystem of the Cape Fear River.





Monday, January 16, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.   (past meetings)
Program:  Jan Davidson of the Cape Fear Museum will talk about WWI in Wilmington as well as how it has been memorialized in our area. We will be doing a WWI exhibit in the Spring of 2017 and this will be our kickoff.

——— Past Meetings – 2016 ———

View recent 2016 events ..