Monthly Meeting Report – October, 2011

Bame Hotel

Bame Hotel

 

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society held its monthly meeting on Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

In the mid-1920s a young business man, J.R. Bame, came to Carolina Beach from Rowan County and opened a café on the boardwalk for the summer. His wife’s parents had retired to the beach from Salisbury and the young family
often visited them.

This marked the beginning of the Bame family’s relationship with Carolina Beach.

It would grow to include several beach businesses, hotels, piers, two Carolina Beach mayors, a fire chief and span three generations.

This presentation will tell the story of this remarkable family who made such a mark on our beach community.

Bame Superette and Gas Station

Bame Superette and Gas Station

Our presenter was Elaine Blackmon Henson  who is the author of Carolina Beach: A Postcard History and has also written several articles on area history.

She has served on the board of the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear and currently serves on the board of the Federal Point Historical Preservation Society.

 

Hotel Bame