June Meeting – Covered Dish Dinner


Monday, June 20, 2016

6:30 PM (One Hour Early)

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.  Please Note: We will begin at 6:30 (one hour earlier than usual)

potluck graphicIn lieu of our usual program, we will enjoy our annual covered dish dinner. Please bring a favorite dish to share with the group.  If the weather behaves you might also want to bring a lawn chair.

This is always a wonderful time to visit with old friends, but also a great time to introduce new people. PLEASE bring a friend or neighbor who might be interested in joining.


Bathing Suit Exhibit

Bathing BeautiesThis summer the Federal Point History Center, located next to Town Hall at 1121-A North Lake Park Boulevard, will host an exhibit called Vintage Bathing Suits: 1900-1990 which includes 23 suits from the time period.

The exhibit will be open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm during June, July and August.

In for FunThe oldest suits are from the 1900-1920s and look more like dresses than bathing suits.  All three are fine worsted wool and were worn with stockings and bathing shoes.

Five suits are one piece tank suits of wool knit worn during the 1920s-30s.  One of those has the initials of the bath house that rented it stamped across the front much like those from our pavilion and bath houses at Carolina Beach.  And, one is a child’s suit in bright red that someone added elastic to the straps for another season of wear.

Two ladies’ suits are Jantzens with their distinctive swim girl logo, one of those has a zipper down the back.  Two men’s suits are bathing briefs made of wool knit from the 1930s-40s both with belts.  One has the Jantzen swim girl on the buckle and the other has a “Surfing Waikiki” patch.

There is an emerald-green ladies’ suit in silk taffeta with a flared skirt over cotton bloomers.  Bare Essentials - yellow 2 pieceThere is a yellow woven rayon two piece with a bra like top and trunks from the waist and a green woven cotton two piece with a halter top.

Wool, cotton and rayon gave way to synthetic fabrics from the 1950s on.  Several more one piece ladies’ suits are made from polyester blends most with a modesty panel to cover the crotch and some with zippers and boning.  There is a man’s cotton boxer suit and a ladies’ suit with a matching detachable skirt made from synthetic stretchy fabric.

The most modern suit is a 1980s-90s one made from linen and features embroidery and is fully lined.

We invite locals and beach visitors alike to visit our exhibit this summer at the History Center.  Call us at 910-458-0502 or email at rebecca@federal-point-history.org and please visit our Facebook page at Federal Point History Center and like us.


Calling All Members

New Boardwalk #2We Need You To Volunteer!New Board Walk #1

We are currently planning an outreach program that will put our members on the Boardwalk one or two nights a week, in June, July and August. 

We hope to display some of our great pictures, pass out our brochure, and answer questions about Federal Point.

If you could take a night or two please let Rebecca know: 910-458-0502


From the President — June, 2016

by Elaine HensonPostard One

On June 12th from 2-4 pm we are having a reception for the opening of our summer Vintage Bathing Suit Exhibit.  So, we are continuing to showcase Carolina Beach bathers.

The postcard to the right has a “white border” which means that it dates from 1915 to 1930.  It was published by John Plummer for his store on Cape Fear Boulevard across from the Bame Hotel.  Plummer was the first mayor of Carolina Beach when it was incorporated in 1925.  His store was a popular place to shop since he carried a variety of goods and was also the post office location at one time.

The bathers are wearing suits still made of wool knit but without shoes, stockings and sleeves.  Three have webbed belts and look almost like very short dresses; one even has a collar and buttons going down the front.  All the ladies are wearing hats.

postcard TwoThe linen card to the left with the very glamorous beauty sitting on the beach can be dated 1941 since it has the phrase “The South’s Miracle Beach”.  It was used on many cards published after the devastating boardwalk fire of September, 1940.  The miracle was that the two blocks of destroyed boardwalk businesses were rebuilt and ready to open by beach season 1941.

She is wearing a one piece suit probably made of wool knit with lastex. In the mid-1930s the U.S. Rubber Company perfected a rubber thread which could be combined with cotton, wool, silk or rayon fibers to make a stretchy thread.   It was used for women’s foundation garments, bathing suits and a number of other uses and revolutionized the swim suit industry.


Upcoming Exhibits

Snows Cut_Swing Bridge Plaque

Plaque reads:
Intracoastal Waterway From Beaufort To Cape Fear River NC
Built Under The Direction Of The Corps Of Engineers USA
For The N C State Highway Commission
Built By The Roanoke Bridge and Iron Works Inc.
Roanoke Va

The Exhibit Committee (Elaine Henson, Darlene Bright, Demetria Sapienza and Rebecca Taylor) is currently working on two upcoming exhibits.

We will showcase Snow’s Cut beginning in the early Fall of 2016, and commemorate the United States entry into WWI beginning in 2017.

We are looking for artifacts to use with both. If you have pictures, letters, or objects  you would lend us, please let Rebecca at the History Center know; 910-458-0502

We are also looking for ideas for additional rotating exhibits that will run for 3-6 months at the History Center and may be offered to other local institutions.

Please send your suggestions to Rebecca at Rebecca@federal-point-history.org.

Atlantic Towers

Atlantic Towers AFeatured Business Member
June, 2016

By Tony (Lem) Phillips

Atlantic Towers, located conveniently right between Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, has been a Business Member of the Federal Point History Center for years. We are very proud of their contribution to the History Center as well as to our community.

If you are looking for family friendly lodging for a day, a week, monthly, or a weekend, give them a call. They have so many pluses on their marquee. For example, ocean front condominiums, private balconies, indoor heated pool and outdoor pool with gazebo & sundeck. Free Wi-Fi, club room, laundry room, and game room. Full kitchens and linens. Free parking is available as well.

With eleven stories, you can seemingly see forever and once you stay at Atlantic Towers, you will settle for nothing less.

The next time you need lodging for a Pleasure Island vacation, call them and book your room with one of our best supporters and mention that you appreciate their long time support of the Federal Point History Center and after registering, why not visit the History Center?

Contact Atlantic Towers:

1615 S. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428



Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 78 visitors in May. We had 23 in attendance at the May meeting.. The History Center was used by Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club and the United Daughters of the Confederacy for their monthly meetings.
  • School Visits: Rebecca talked to 85 second graders about the history of the schools that have served the Federal Point area, including the school at Town Hall on the Boardwalk.


Thanks to our active volunteers this month; Demetria Sapienza, Darlene Bright, Leslie Bright, Andre Blouin, Vic Alocci, Tony Phillips,  Nancy Gadzuk, and Rick Both. Refreshments at our meeting were provided by Pat Bolander and Chris Say.