September Meeting – Becky Sawyer talks on the Federal Point Lighthouse

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

This month Becky Sawyer, from the Fort Fisher State Historic Site, talks about her research into the history and locations of the Federal Point Lighthouse.

From 1817 through 1880, a series of three lights guided mariners into New Inlet through the treacherous shoals of the Atlantic Ocean.  The exhibit,  “When in Five Fathoms Water: The Federal Point Lighthouse,” explains the history of the lighthouses along with its’ connection to Fort Fisher.

Recent finds at the National Archives has shed light on the location of the 1st lighthouse and a petition from local river pilots and boat owners to keep the 3rd lighthouse open.

The exhibit showcases artifacts from the 1963 Stan South archaeological dig of the lighthouse keeper’s cottage and the 2009 archaeological dig of the 1837 Federal Point Lighthouse.  These artifacts have never been on display until now.  Available at Fort Fisher gift shop are reproduction mocha ware mugs based off of examples of mocha ware ceramics found in the 1963 archaeological site.

Becky Sawyer is the Collections Manager and Exhibits Coordinator for Fort Fisher State Historic Site.  A native of the St. Louis area, Becky holds a BS in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and an MA in Public History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  She has over 20 years of Civil War history experience with the NC Historic Sites Division of which 13 years were at Fort Fisher.  She has curated several of the temporary exhibits at Fort Fisher including “An Eminent Work of Charity and Justice: The Jewett Patent Leg” and “Minerva versus Discord: The Medal of Honor”.