Society Notes – December, 2018

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

Thanks to Steve Arthur for doing our Boardwalk tour for a group of local Island Women!


  • The History Center recorded 80 visitors in November. There were 36 people in attendance at the November meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club, Step Up for Soldiers, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).
  • And don’t forget!! If you take a trip with Wilmington Water Tours, please tell them you are a member of the FPHPS!  If you do, we get a portion of your ticket price.  Call us at 910-458-0502 or them at 910-338-3134.
  • Welcome to new member, Roger Brix from Wilmington.
  • Thanks to John Gregory for taking great pictures of the walking tour for the Island Women.
  • Thanks to our volunteers in November; James Kohler, Andre Blouin, Steve Arthur, Darlene Bright and Leslie Bright. Refreshments were provided by Steve Arthur and Cheri McNeill. Nancy Gadzuk has graciously agreed to take minutes at the meetings until we find a Secretary.
  • Rebecca, Cheri and Darlene greatly appreciate Andre Blouin’s help getting the November newsletter laid up and posted on our web site!!!
  • Thanks so much to Juanita Winner’s grandson, Skylar Slaughter, who volunteered for us this month. He helped decorate the History Center for Christmas. Also, he washed the windows and help neaten everything up.


Congratulations to Judge Jay Hockenbury on his retirement from the bench after almost 24 years of distinguished service.

FPHPS Awards Price Cottage Plaque

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Federal Point Historic Preservation Society had a ceremony to award a plaque for the Price Cottage built in 1939 by Grover Cleveland Price and his wife, Tessie Price, of Rocky Mount.

It is located at 405 Carolina Beach Avenue North.  The cottage is now owned by Mrs. Price’s grandchildren, Susan Harris Gibbs, Danny Harris and Roney Harris.  Susan Gibbs and her daughter, Lauren Gibbs, completed the application for the plaque and wrote a story of the cottage.  Ned Barnes, a business member of FPHPS, provided the deed research which is required.

The ceremony was attended by members of the Price family, President, Board and Members of FPHPS, Mayor Joe Benson, Council Members LeAnn Pierce and Tom Bridges.  The family had a reception in the dining room on a table built by the builder of the cottage, Mr. Ira Hines.

Anyone with a house in the Federal Point area that is at least 50 years old is eligible for a plaque.  Houses 50 to 74 years old have a black band around the plaque, 75 years or older has a gold band.  Call or stop by the History Center and we can give you a packet with an application and directions.  The fee is $100 which is the cost of the plaque.


July Meeting – Andrew Duppstadt on Pirates, Privateers, and Commerce Raiders

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

This month our speaker is Andrew Duppstadt who will speak on “North Carolina’s Naval Raiders, 1700-1865.”

Throughout much of North Carolina’s early history, naval raiding was practiced by pirates, privateers, blockade runners, and commerce raiders. Though often overshadowed by other colonies or states, the Old North State was home to some of the most prolific naval raiders during their prospective periods of history.

This program examines some of the men who undertook the practice of naval raiding, which brought them relative levels of fame during their time.

Andrew is the Program Development and Training Officer, and Historic Weapons Program Coordinator for North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. He has a BA and MA in history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  He is the Assistant Curator of Education for the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites.  He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor of History at Coastal Carolina Community College and Craven Community College.


Historic Boardwalk Tour

Coming this Summer!

Guided Tours

Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk

10 am every Tuesday!

June 19, 2018 – August 7, 2018

40 minute walking tour

Meet on:  the Boardwalk at the foot of Harper Ave. just south of the new Hampton Inn

Park at: the Municipal Parking lot across from the Town Marina, as close as you can get to the Hampton Inn. Donation requested: $5.00 per person.

Star-News Article on the Boardwalk Tour

June Meeting – Potluck Dinner

Monday, June 18, 2018  6:30 PM
  (one hour early)

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, June 18, 6:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

In lieu of our usual program, we will enjoy our annual summer potluck. Please bring a favorite dish to share with the group.  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.

Don’t forget we start one hour earlier, at 6:30 pm.


Book Launch!

Kure Beach: Images of America
Arcadia Books, $21.99

Federal Point History Center

Saturday April 21 .. 1 pm – 3 pm

Please join author, Brenda Coffey, who will be signing books and postcards.

Kure Beach derived its name from a Danish immigrant named Hans Anderson Kure Sr. He began acquiring land in the area in 1891, and by 1900, he had purchased 900 acres just south of Carolina Beach to Fort Fisher.

He established the Kure Land and Development Company and in 1913 produced a map of Fort Fisher Sea Beach, which would later become Kure’s Beach and eventually Kure Beach.

In 1923, the first wooden fishing pier on the Atlantic coast was constructed by Lawrence Kure. DAN PRI, one of the first surfboard companies on the East Coast, was also established at Kure Beach.

The area is rich in historical significance—from Verrazzano’s discovery to Cape Fear Indians, pirates, lighthouses, the “Rocks,” the Ethy Dow Chemical Plant, and the community’s role in both the Civil War and World War II. Most cherished, though, are the people that loved living a relaxed, peaceful life in their “paradise.”


March Meeting – Leslie Bright on Growing up with Tobacco

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 19, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Our speaker this month will be Leslie Bright who will talk about growing up in the Tobacco Culture, 1943-1963.

His program is intended to show, up close and personal, the way of life and experience of a small family on a tobacco farm in coastal eastern North Carolina before modern mechanization.

The sensitive nature of tobacco and the labor involved in growing it, from a tiny seed smaller then a mustard seed, to a flourishing plant averaging six feet tall, having approximately 26 leaves containing nicotine for the lungs and gums, will be revealed.

Leslie S. Bright spent 20 years on a tobacco farm in Onslow County. He attended East Carolina University for several years, and then worked for 35 years for the North Carolina Department of Cultural and Natural Resources at the Underwater Archaeology Lab at Fort Fisher. An expert SCUBA diver for the lab, he also taught diving for a number of years.

After five years of unfocused retirement he has spent the past 10 years on his farm in Onslow County growing hay, corn, soybeans and is now raising cattle for market.

We need your help!

Coming Summer 2018!

“Celebrating  the Boardwalk”

We need your help. We are looking for objects

(souvenirs and memorabilia) to borrow for display.


     We will probably keep the exhibit up for 9 months to a year.

Ashtrays, spoon holders, key chains,     

Magnets, plates, tea cups,  Pendants, beer bottles,

cupie dolls, and shells glued to anything.





December Meeting – Christmas Potluck

Monday, December 18, 2017               

6:30 PM   (one hour early)

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its annual holiday potluck on Monday, December 18 at 6:30 pm.  This year we will be back at the History Center as it’s a lot easier for the hospitality committee. Please join us for food, fun and festivities.

Joining the festivities will be John Golden and his magic guitar. Please feel free to bring family and friends to this cozy community get-together.