Society Notes – Feb, 2021

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

New Book by Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr.

Now in Stock @ FPHPS

Paperback – Autographed –

$22.95

  • Buried Alive? The Tragic Fate of Samuel Russell Jocelyn, Jr.
  • The Confederate Blockade Runner: Fanny & Jenny and her Legendary Sword
  • The Ill-Fated Lady: The Drowning of Rose O’Neale Greenhow
  • A Man and His Dog: Faithful Unto Death
  • In Search of the Maco Light: The Lower Cape Fear’s Most Famous Ghost Story

JOHN C. GOLDEN

Sadly, the Society has lost another longtime supporter. John C. Golden, Jr., age 79, passed away on Friday, January 29th at Hospice LifeCare Center in Wilmington.

A graduate of Duke and Harvard, he came to Wilmington in 1977, as an employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

After he retired, he dedicated his time to telling stories and making music throughout the community. He served as President of the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear and was always generous with his time and talent to the entire history lovers’ community.


  • The History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­46 visitors. The UDC held their monthly meeting at the History Center.
  • Welcome to new member: Ned Irvine of Wilmington

Donors

  • Amanda and Jennings Nestor
    *   United Daughters of the Confederacy
    *   Got-‘Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club

 

Society Notes – January, 2021

Harry Edell Oakes, III

January 7, 1943 – November 17, 2020

Our Society says a sad farewell to longtime member and staunch supporter, Harry Oakes. Harry, a longtime employee of the Town of Carolina Beach, is credited with the idea of turning the “new” Town Hall’s gazebo into our History Center in the late 1990’s.

As the story goes, Leslie Bright was talking to Harry about the difficulties the Society was having finding a regular place to hold meetings. Harry suggested we request the town allow us to finish the old Blockade Runners of the Confederacy Museum picnic shelter (gazebo) into a building we could use for a nominal rent on a long term lease. As they say “history was born.” Harry will also always be remembered as “one of the best Shaggers on the Island.”


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­42 visitors.
  • The UDC held their monthly meeting at the History Center.
  • Welcome to new members: Mark and Foy Yates, Carolina Beach and Gerald Hall, Kure Beach.

Society Notes – December, 2020

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!

 


Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center had 42 visitors in November.
  • New Members: Janine Talbot of Wilmington is a new LIFETIME member

RECENT DONORS — THANK YOU!

Pam and Ray Bramhall – Carolina Beach

Lloyd H. Saunders – McKinney, Texas

Town of Carolina Beach – For Ryder Lewis Park Signage


Please Support Our Business Members!   (link)

A & G Barbecue and Chicken

Atlantic Towers

Ned Barnes, Attorney

Beach Photography – John Gregory

Big Daddy’s

BlueCoast Realty, Corp.

Britt’s Donut Shop

Bullard Realty

Captain Charlie’s Adventures

Charles Henson Painting

Coastal K-9 Bakery

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage – Kathy Marcinowski

Got-Em-On Live Bait Club

Hurricane Alley’s

Island Gazette

Island Tackle and Hardware

Kure Beach Fishing Pier

McQuery Properties, LLC

Tucker Bros. Realty Company

Wilmington Water Tours

Winner Marine Construction

Winner RV Park

In loving memory of the Royal Palm Hotel by the Fountain Family


 

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.