Please SHOP LOCAL When You Can

– And Patronize Our Retail Business Members First

Please Note:  Some of our retail business members aren’t open this time of year, but please patronize them when the season begins in April:  Kure Beach Pier and Britts Donut Shop

Located just past the Carolina Beach Lake, A&G Bar-B-Que is Carolina Beach’s premier BBQ restaurant. Their staff takes pride in offering great food at a great price.  Their menu is extremely diverse, featuring not only their famous BBQ, but many other southern musts. They feature just under 20 vegetables, just like Grandma used to make ’em. They also have a new special everyday. Stop in to see what they offer!


Located in Kure Beach, with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Kure Beach Pier, Big Daddy’s front deck is a relaxing place to enjoy a cocktail, sample an appetizer or dine on freshly prepared to order seafood that will satisfy any appetite. On weekends, enjoy live music too!

Plus their menu not only has a wide selection of seafood favorites, they also offer perfectly grilled burgers, sandwiches, wraps and more.

Inside, Big Daddy’s can accommodate any size family or group for lunch or dinner. As one of the Island’s largest restaurants, Big Daddy’s is happy to host large groups, parties or receptions of any size.


For hardware & beach necessities, Island Tackle and Hardware has got it covered. If you are on the island to do some fishing, this is your one stop shop. They have pretty much any kind of bait you need, a large section of tackle to fill your tackle box, tons of rod & reel combos ready to go, they’ll even spool your reels with new line. This is the place to get your fishing license, Yeti coolers and yearly passes to Freeman Park for the 4×4 folks. You can get your propane tanks filled here and they are an official NC weigh station for your trophy catch.


Coastal K-9 Bakery’s doors were opened in November 2004 by Jackie Oakes.  It is her desire to offer   to your pet friends the best quality dog treats possible.  All our treats are made of human-grade, organic   and natural ingredients.  She uses NO sodium, sugars, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives or animal fats   or oils in her treats.  She offers six flavors:  Chicken & Rice, Peanut Butter, Bark-B-Q Ribs, Apple Oatmeal, Salmon, and Parmesan Cheese. Two flavors are gluten free; they are Garden Medley (sweet potato, green beans, and blueberries) and Honey Ginger Carrot Sticks .


Wilmington Water Tours

Wilmington Water Tours

Moved by their love for the Cape Fear River, the owners decided to found Wilmington Water Tours in order to share with others the history and beauty of this region. Their passion then created “The Wilmington,” a state-of-the-art, fully enclosed and handicapped accessible motorized catamaran, which can accommodate up to 49 passengers. Wilmington Water Tours is based in Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. They offer daily narrated cruises and private charters. Passengers board the vessel to explore the waters of the mysterious Cape Fear River, while also learning about the history, wildlife, and ecology of this waterway and surrounding area.



Christmas during the Civil War

[From the excellent website:]  – from Dec. 2009 FPHPS Newsletter

As the Civil War dragged on, deprivation replaced bounteous repasts and familiar faces were missing from the family dinner table. Soldiers used to “bringing in the tree” and caroling in church were instead scavenging for firewood and singing drinking songs around the campfire. And so the holiday celebration most associated with family and home was a contradiction. It was a joyful, sad, religious, boisterous, and subdued event.

Corporal J. C. Williams, Co. B, 14th Vermont Infantry, December 25, 1862:

“This is Christmas, and my mind wanders back to that home-made lonesome by my absence, while far away from the peace and quietude of civil life to undergo the hardships of the camp, and may be the battle field. I think of the many lives that are endangered, and hope that the time will soon come when peace, with its innumerable blessings, shall once more restore our country to happiness and prosperity.”

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Harper's WeeklyGilbert J. Barton, Company I of Charlotte, recorded some of the hardships of camp that day:

“Dec 25th Christmas. Had hard Tack soaked in cold water and then fried in pork Greece [sic]. Fried in a canteen, split into[sic] by putting into the fire & melting the sodder[sic] off. We pick them up on the field left by other soldiers, also had coffee & pork. Ordered up at 5 this morning with guns ready, as it is reported that there are 400 Rebel Cavalry not far off prowling around. Foggy morning.”

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Robert Gould Shaw, then a 2nd lieutenant in the 2d Massachusetts Infantry, writes in 1861, about guard duty near Frederick, MD. He would later earn fame as the commander of the heroic African-American unit, the 54th Massachusetts.

“It is Christmas morning and I hope a happy and merry one for you all, though it looks so stormy for our poor country, one can hardly be in merry humor.”

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On December 24, 1861, Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter of the 22nd Mass. Vol. Inf. 4th U.S. Cavalry wrote: 

 “Christmas Eve, and I am on duty as officer of the day, but I am not on duty to-morrow.  As much as I desire to see you all, I would not leave my company alone…I give my company a Christmas dinner to-morrow, consisting of turkey, oysters, pies, apples, etc.; no liquors.”

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John H. Brinton, a Major and Surgeon U.S.V. wrote:

“During the days preceding Christmas, I received some boxes from home, full of nice comfortable things, and the letter which came to me at that time, you may be sure, made me feel homesick.  On Christmas night, I left for St. Louis as my teeth were troubling me, and greatly in need of the services of a dentist.  I was fortunate in finding a good one, and in a day or two the necessary repairs were made.”

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From the diary of Private Robert A. Moore, a Confederate soldier:

Tuesday, Dec 24th, 1861, camp near Swan’s…

“This is Christmas Eve but seems but little like it to me”

Wednesday, Dec. 25th, 1861, camp near Swan’s…

“This is Christmas & and very dull Christmas it has been to me.  Had an egg-nog to-night but did not enjoy it much as we had no ladies to share it with us.”

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One of the dreariest accounts of Christmas during the Civil War came from Lt. Col. Frederic Cavada, captured at Gettysburg and writing about Christmas 1863 in Libby Prison in Richmond:

“The north wind comes reeling in fitful gushes through the iron bars, and jingles a sleighbell in the prisoner’s ear, and puffs in his pale face with a breath suggestively odorous of eggnog….”

“…Christmas Day! A day which was made for smiles, not sighs – for laughter, not tears – for the hearth, not prison.”


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From the diary of Robert Watson of Key West, Florida.

December 25, 1863 at Dalton, Georgia after action at Chickamauga

“Christmas day and a very dull one but I find a tolerable good dinner.  I had one drink of whiskey in the morning.  There was some serenading last night but I took no part in it for I did not feel merry as my thoughts were of home…”