Historical Society of Topsail Island

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December, 2015

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

We are giving a very proud shout-out this month to the Historical Society of Topsail Island, a sister historic society located on Topsail Island. The opening of their museum goes back to April of 1997. Their location has an even grander story to tell. Their museum used to house a TOP-SECRET missile program through the U.S. Navy.

Their museum, known as the Assembly Building, had been the research and testing site for Operation Bumblebee, the top secret missile program operated by the Navy on Topsail Island from 1946-1948. In July of 1992, through the efforts of the Topsail Beach Economic Development Council and other citizens, the Assembly Building was designated a Historical Site on the National Register of Historic Places.

Assembly BuldingThe Historical Society of Topsail Island has so much to offer that we just do not have room here to list it all. It is a full service organization offering festival activities, educational programs, building rental opportunities, and there are even boat slips offered to rent.

They have over 380 members and membership rates are very reasonable. An amazing amount of interest and fun is offered through this much-storied Society. Please look at their website, and the next time you find yourself on Topsail Island, drop in and let them know that you are members of Federal Point Historic Preservation Society and that we really appreciate their support.


Historical Society of Topsail Island, 720 Channel Boulevard, Topsail Beach, NC 28445,