Society Notes – May 2019

By Darlene Bright & Cheri McNeill

We’re doing it again this Summer!

Guided Tour

Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk

10 am every Tuesday!

June 18, 2019 – September 3, 2019
50 minute walking tour 
Meet on the Boardwalk at the southeast corner of the new Hampton Inn, near the Chamber of Commerce Kiosk. Park at: the Municipal Parking lot across from the Town Marina, as close as you can get to the Hampton Inn. Donation requested: $10.00 per person.

Featured Business Member: Britt’s Donuts

You know tourist season is upon us when Britt’s Donuts opens for business!! They only make one kind of doughnut – glazed. It is by far the best glazed doughnut you will ever put in your mouth.  Hot is the only way to eat them.

Britt’s Donuts owned for years by Bobby and Maxine Nivens, have provided  the WORLD’S best donuts on the Carolina Beach boardwalk for over 75 years. But don’t ask for the recipe, it’s a secret.

Britt’s generally opens the weekend before Easter and is open Friday-Saturday-Sunday until Memorial Day. For the summer they are open from 8:30 AM until they run out, sometime in the evening, After Labor Day it’s back to just weekend hours. Don’t leave the island until you’ve had 1 or 20!

Carolina Beach Walk of Fame

On Saturday April 27, 2019, the Carolina Beach Walk of Fame Committee honored two new members to its rolls.  Charles E. “Bill” Nash Jr. was honored for his long time work with Boy Scout Troops 221 & 222.  Laurie Marshburn Taylor was honored for  years of work  with the Federal Point Help Center.  The committee will be accepting nominations for next year’s honorees until September 1, 2019. Applications may be picked up at the Federal Point History Center.

Can’t get enough Chris Fonvielle

Dr. Chris Fonvielle

Dr. Chris Fonvielle

June 2. Join Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Professor Emeritus with the Dept. of History at UNC Wilmington, and Wilmington Water Tours for a river cruise and discussion about Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear during the Civil War. Dr. Fonvielle, author of books and articles on Wilmington and North Carolina during the war, will talk about Wilmington’s transformation from a backwater seaport to the Las Vegas of the South, blockade running at Tar Heel port town, and Union military operations to capture the Confederacy’s most important seaport and city in 1864-1865.

Space on board the boat is limited so make reservations at or call (910) 338-3134. REMEMBER,     Wilmington Water Tours gives us a percent of your ticket price if you tell them you’re a member of Federal Point Historic Preservation Society.

Welcome and Thanks

  • The History Center recorded 82 visitors in March. There were 40 people in attendance at the April meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and Walk of Fame Committee.
  • Welcome to new member, Tom Wetzel of Carolina Beach
  • Thanks to Jim Kohler for helping with the Newsletter.
  • Thanks to Linda Ogden and Jim Kohler for providing refreshments for the April meeting.