Society Notes – Nov. 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

Fund Raiser!

Just in time for Christmas (or other gift giving occasions).  Help us raise funds by buying something everyone needs.   The Society gets $10.00 for every set of sheets sold. Samples are at the History Center.

Sale ends December 31, 2020!

www.CoZzzyComfy.com/online-store

 


In Memoriam

 Eddie Capel   1947-2020

It is with heavy hearts that we share the death of our dear treasurer, Eddie Capel.  We always looked forward to the treasurer’s reports filled with his wonderful sense of humor.  He loved our organization and served until the very last weeks of his life.

Eddie grew up in Apex, NC, but his parents had a house on Carolina Beach Avenue North since his growing up years and his family spent summers there. Eddie and his wife, Pam, replaced it with a new house in the 1990s and continued to spend summers at the beach with their children, Jason and Amanda. When Jason married, they added Jane and then grandson, Davis, to the family.  They became full time beach residents a few years ago when they sold their home in Durham and became active members of the FPHPS.  About two years ago, Eddie’s sister, Martha Breslin, built a house behind his facing Canal Drive.  She moved from Massachusetts making them neighbors at the beach where they spent their youth.

Eddie had lots of stories of his younger days on the beach and was a great resource of our history.  He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.

You can read the obituary at www.andrewsmortuary.com/obituary/edwin-capel-jr


Longtime member, Earl Page, died on September 10, 2020.  Earl was living in Florida with his son and family.  We send condolences to his loved ones.


Recent Donors – Thank You so Much!

Byron and Judy Moore – Kure Beach, NC

Elaine B. Henson – Wilmington, NC

Dottie Minor, Johnson City, TN

Donald Hatch Jr. – Spring Grove, IL

Jennings & Amanda Nestor – Carolina Beach, NC

Griff Fountain – Winter Haven, FL

Fred & Margaret Crouch, Wilmington, NC


  •  The History Center had 41 visitors in October. The UDC used the center for their monthly meeting.

 

Society Notes – Oct. 2020

Last Salute to Paul Laird,
FPHPS Board Member

and Longtime Friend of Fort Fisher

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Paul Laird, age 65, of Leland, NC, who passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Paul graduated from UNCW with a degree in history.

He was passionate about local history and had a special interest in the Civil War and Revolutionary War periods. Paul was a member of our Society since 2000 and was currently serving on our Board of  Directors. He was instrumental in raising funds needed for the interpretive signs for the Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr. Civil War Park at Carolina Beach. Paul will surely be missed by all who knew him.


Featured Business Member

Hurricane Alley’s

Hurricane Alley’s, located on the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk next to the Marriott, is a bar/restaurant founded in May of 2012.  At the time the current owner took it over, it was a dilapidated shell of a building that over the years housed a bar named Shipwreck among other businesses.  In 2020 the building underwent another major renovation which added 1,500 square feet of rooftop deck with amazing oceanfront views.  They added a walk-in cooler, an upgraded kitchen and a full interior update.

The upstairs interior is paneled using wood from the old Kure Beach pier, the bar top was made from a tree that had fallen during one of the recent hurricanes and shelves were made from drift-wood that had washed up on the beach.  Hurricane Alley’s serves American food favorites, is open year-round with seasonal hours and welcomes customers of all ages.

 


Society Notes – Oct. 2020

      By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center reopened for visitation on Friday, September 25
    — 5 Visitors. No meeting or program was held.

Society Notes – September, 2020

Back by Popular Demand! Recipe of the Month

Broccoli Cornbread contributed by Pat Cotton

  • 1 box Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 12 oz. frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 oz. cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients but cornbread mix in a large bowl. Add in cornbread mix.  Beat well with fork. Grease iron skillet or a 9×13 inch dish and add mixture.  Bake at 400° for 25 minutes.


2020-2021 Board

According to a clause in our bylaws, the  Board of Directors voted at the July 13, 2020 meeting to approve the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate for the 2020-2021 Board.

 Officers                                                          

President – Elaine Henson
Vice-President – Lauren Gibbs
Secretary – Katherine Schultz
Treasurer – Eddie Capel

Directors

Cheri McNeill
John Moseley
Paul Laird
Steve Arthur
Jay Winner
Leslie Bright
Brenda Coffey
Byron Moore
Jim Dugan

 

 

 


We Now Have Autographed Copies of Chris Fonvielle’s Newest Book For Sale

We now have Chris Fonvielle’s newest book, the Glory at Wilmington: the Battle of Forks Road, available for purchase at $19.95 (+ $1.40 tax) for each copy. Chris says it’s a limited edition, and has signed each copy. He printed only a few hundred copies, so when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Since the History Center is closed, you may mail us a check (for $21.35) or leave a message on the answering machine at 910-458-0502,  and we’ll contact you for your credit card information or send an email to: Rebecca@Federal-Point-History.org.

 


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center was closed all month due to Covid-19.

Society Notes – August, 2020

2020-2021 Board

According to a clause in our bylaws, the  Board of Directors voted at the July 13, 2020 meeting to approve the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate for the 2020-2021 Board.

Officers                                                         

President – Elaine Henson
Vice-President – Lauren Gibbs
Secretary – Katherine Schultz
Treasurer – Eddie Capel

Directors

Cheri McNeill
John Moseley
Paul Laird
Steve Arthur
Jay Winner
Leslie Bright
Brenda Coffey
Byron Moore
Jim Dugan

 


We Now Have Copies of Chris’s New Book For Sale

 

We now have Chris Fonvielle’s newest book on the Glory at Wilmington: the Battle of Forks available for purchase at $19.95 (+ $1.40 tax) for each copy. Chris says it’s a limited edition, and has signed each copy. He printed only a few hundred copies, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. Since the History Center is closed, you may mail us a check (for $21.35) or leave a message on the answering machine at 910-458-0502,  and we’ll contact you for your credit card information or send an email to: Rebecca@Federal-Point-History.org.

 


Society Notes

            By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center was closed all month due to Covid-19.
  • Welcome to new members: Robert C. Cole of Carolina Beach and Carroll and Adrienne Kratzer of Carolina Beach.

Society Notes – June, 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center was closed all month due to Covid-19.
  • Welcome to new members: Greg Crockett of Wilmington, and Michael McMahon of Carolina Beach
  • Our Business Partner Wilmington Water Tours has announced that on Friday, June 5th, they will again begin offering services to the public and be available for private events. They are doing this for a two-week period, in a limited capacity, based on local, state, and CDC guidelines. Soon to follow they will hope to announce the availability of their water taxi services and the other full-service offerings.

Eagles Island Cruises (50 min)   Monday-Sunday – Cruise Times: (11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm)

Sunset Cruises:   Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:00 pm (no live music at this time)

Society Notes – May, 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center was closed all month due to Covid-19.
  • Research requests via email and Facebook: 3. 1) about a historic marker for the Hermit’s bunker; 2) about the remains of the Superintendent’s house at the Ethyl-Dow Plant; 3) About pictures and records of the Miss Carolina Beach Contests in the 1950s.
  • Sadly, we welcome no new members this month.
  • Our through and prayers go out to the family and friends of Linda Kuharcik who passed away on April 27, 2020. She was a dedicated volunteer for the Society, the Senior Center and the Island Cottage. We will all miss her

Web Site Scavenger Hunt

Web Site Scavenger Hunt – Not just for kids!

As a service to the teachers who are now teaching online, we’ve devised this scavenger hunt for our web site that highlights our area’s local history. Why not try it out and see how well you know your hometown?


Tap/Click the text for any question below to learn more.

  1. When did Snow’s Cut Open? What part of our national transportation network does it belong?
  2. Name the family that founded Seabreeze.
  3. What was the name of the Fort Fisher Hermit?
  4. What did the army use Fort Fisher for during World War II?
  5. Who was the commander of Fort Fisher during the Civil War?
  6. Why were “The Rocks” built? When?
  7. Who is credited with establishing the resort named Carolina Beach?
  8. Who is Kure Beach named after?
  9. What is the name of the oldest continuously operating pier on the east coast?
  10. What is the name of the rare carnivorous plant that grows only within 90 miles of Wilmington?
  11. What lighthouse was built to guide ships through New Inlet?
  12. When did Hurricane Hazel hit North Carolina?
  13. What building was known as the “Crown Jewel” of the Boardwalk?
  14. What was made at the Ethyl-Dow Plant during World War II?

 


Society Notes – April, 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center recorded 23 visitors – but then, we were closed almost half of the month.
  • Welcome to new members: Joan and Peter Bartel of Carolina Beach and new business member Hurricane Alley on the Boardwalk.
  • Thanks to Steve Arthur for helping with the March Newsletter.

 

Society Notes – March, 2020

 

NEW SWEATSHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE  IN THE GIFT SHOP

Medium – X-Large $18.00
XX-Large $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Exhibit at
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

African Americans have been a part of the Fort Fisher story from the beginning: from the free and enslaved men who helped build the fortress, work the camps, and assist white Confederates in battle, to the U.S. Colored Troops who helped bring about the fall of Fort Fisher and the port it protected, and further to the live-fire anti-aircraft trainees stationed here during WWII.

Fort Fisher’s newest exhibit “From Slave to Soldier, Free a Man” the African American Experience at Fort Fisher, highlights African Americans’ role in Fort Fisher’s story. The exhibit is now open to the public in the Visitors Center. We invite you to take a look!

 

 


NEW BOOK!

Glory at Wilmington: The Battle of Forks Road
by Chris E. Fonvielle Jr.
82 pp., 6″ x 9″, paperback.
ISBN: 978-0-9984115-4-5
$16.95

Elements of Union and Confederate armies fought the Battle of Forks Road, February 20-21, 1865, for possession of Wilmington, North Carolina, the South’s main seaport and most important city. Southern soldiers, commanded by Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke, made one last stand in an effort to halt the Union army’s determined advance.

United States Colored Troops, commanded by Brig. Gen. Charles J. Paine, were the principal combatants for the Union in the Battle of Forks Road. The victors would control Wilmington, the Cape Fear River, and three railroads, all crucial to final military operations in North Carolina during the Civil War.


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center recorded 101 visitors in February. There were 45 people at the February meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the UDC, the Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr. Civil War Park Committee, and the Carolina Beach Walk of Fame Committee.
  • Welcome to new members: John and Betsy Morris of Kure Beach, Mark and Lisa Troyer of Durham, NC, Micky Gonzales of Carolina Beach, Peter and Laurie Tollens of Wake Forest, Elsa Hergeth of Wilmington, Jim and Kelley Hargrave of Holton, Michigan, and William Catoe of Greenville, SC.
  • Apologies to ­­Ann Tinder, we overlooked thanking her for her contribution of cookies for the Reenactment.
  • Thanks to Jim Kohler for helping mail the newsletter and for filling in while Rebecca was out sick.

Society Notes – Feb. 2020

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

Fort Fisher Fundraiser A Huge Success!

On January 18 & 19, 2020, Fort Fisher celebrated the 155th year of the Second Battle at Fort Fisher reenactment.  Once again, the Society was invited to “feed the troops” and feed those that attended.  What a great success it was for the Society and we  cleared just over $2,400.00.  It took many people to make this event happen.

The following is a list of all the people that made this event possible starting with the volunteers that came for one or both days:  Leslie Bright, Darlene Bright, Jay Winner, Steve Arthur, Jim Dugan, Jay Hockenbury, Jim Kohler, Paul Laird, Don Snook, Sylvia Snook, Barry Nelder, Shelley Wiltshire, Ray James, Helen James, Sammy Bright (Leslie’s son), Jacob Price (Leslie & Darlene’s grandson), Katherine Shultz, Jo “Rock Star” Dheilly & Cheri McNeill.

The volunteers that provided the sweets and chili are:  Ramona Hovey – chili, and the following provided sweets:  Kim Bauman, Pam Capel, Rebecca Taylor, Sylvia Snook, Elaine Henson, Shelley Wiltshire, Mary Ann Targonski, Jasmine McKee and Girl Scout Troop 1535, Jane Dugan, Steve Arthur, Juanita Winner, Darlene Bright, Cindy Clark (Darlene’s daughter) and Cheri McNeill.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO EACH AND EVERY ONE THAT HELPED TO MAKE THIS A HUGE SUCCESS.

 

 

  • The History Center recorded 86 visitors in January. There were 40 people at the January meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and UDC and the Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr. Civil War Park .
  • Welcome to new members The King Family, Wendy, Bella and Neb of Wilmington, Suzanne and Frank Ruggiers of Monroe, Georgia, Rodney and Susan Jones of Topeka, Kansas and Lori Sanderlin and Bob Springle of Southport.

Happy 83rd Birthday to Punky Kure!

Society Notes – January 2020

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER!

Again This year, FPHPS will sell Hot dogs, BBQ, drinks,  snacks and sweets at the Fort Fisher Reenactment on Saturday January 18, 2020 & Sunday January 19, 2020.

We need volunteers to help with the sale Saturday and Sunday from 9 am (to set up) until around 4 pm (or until we run out of food).  If you can give us a few hours on either or both days, please call the History Center at 910-458-0502 and let us know when you can be there!

 We also need people to bake sweets and bring them to the History Center on Friday January 18. Please bag them in small ziplocks – we sell each bag for $1.00 a bag; so, 2-4 cookies per bag depending on size.

 


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center recorded 45 visitors in December. There were 50 people at the Christmas Potluck.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club and the UDC.
  • Welcome to new members Don and Bee Anthony of Kure Beach and Mary Cameron of Kure Beach.