Events Calendar: 2014 and 2015 Presentations

—— Past Meetings: 2014 and 2015 ——

Southport Pilot stationMonday, November 16, 2015   Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. (past events)

Author, historian, and descendant of the Newton family, Brooks Newton Preik will talk about the “Fearless Pilots of the Cape Fear River.”

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Howard Hewett

Howard Hewett



Monday, November 2, 2015  7:30-9:00 pm. (past events)

“Growing up at Fort Fisher” featuring Howard Hewett who will share his memories of his family’s Federal Point heritage.

… read some of Howard’s Oral History posts here.





Ghosts of Old WilmingtonMonday, October 19, 2015   Open Meeting.  7:30-9:00 pm. (past events)

Author John Hirchak will join us for a “seasonal program” based on his book, Ghosts of Old Wilmington.

Read a review of John Hirchak’s presentation >>>










WW II Fort fFsherMonday, September 21, 2015  Open Meeting.  7:30-9:00 pm. (past events)

Local historian, John Moseley, will talk about the role Fort Fisher played in WWII.

Read the review of John’s presentation >>>




Inlet Asso programn recroppedMonday, August 17, 2015  Open Meeting.  7:30-9:00 pm(past events)

Dennis Barbour will talk about the North Carolina Beach, Inlet, and Waterway Association and its role in preserving our natural resources.

Read a review of Dennis’ presentation >>>>




Meyer BookMonday, July 20, 2015   Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past events)

Peter and Cathy Meyer. Dedicated coastal naturalists, Cathy and Peter Meyer have walked “the beach” from the South Carolina Line to the Virginia border, all-in-all over 425 miles of North Carolina Barrier Islands.

More details …

Read a review of the Meyers’ presentation >>>








History Center - Agave

Federal Point History Center

Monday June 15, 2015   Potluck Picnic. 6:30 – 8:30 pm  ​(past events)

Summer Potluck/Picnic.

The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members.






Carolina Beach Inlet

Carolina Beach Inlet

Monday May 18, 2015   Open Meeting. 7:30-900 pm ​(past events)

Captain Skippy Winner will discuss the ​current efforts to preserve the Carolina ​​Beach Inlet with a little help and history ​​​​from Elaine Henson.







Cafe Fear BlackwaterRiver HideawayMonday April 20, 2015   Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm (past events)

As a change of pace we will welcome two NOVELISTS who have new books set in the Lower Cape Fear.

Daniel Norris’s book Cape Fear Blackwater Deep and Billy Beasley’s book The River Hideaway will both be available for sale and signing that evening.








Fonvielle Explaining the Earthworks

Dr. Chris Fonvielle

Saturday March 21, 2015  (past events)

Walking Tour of “The Sugar Loaf Line of Defense” with Dr. Chris Fonvielle  2 pm – 4 pm. $5.00 donation requested.

Limit of 25 participants. Meet at the Federal Point History Center. 1121-A N Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

Call 910-458-0502 to reserve your place.





Marybeth Ray croppedMonday, March 16, 2015   Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm (past events)

Marybeth Ray, captain of the MV Southport ferry, will talk about her lifetime love of all things maritime as well as her career from deckhand to captain with the North Carolina DOT.






ThunderboltMonday, February 16, 2015   Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm (past events)

Civil War historian, Chris Fonvielle, will talk about his new book, To Forge a Thunderbolt, Fort Anderson and the Battle for Wilmington.

Fort Anderson was the largest interior fortification guarding Wilmington, NC, the Confederacy’s most important city by late 1864. Beginning in March 1862, Confederate engineers built massive earthen batteries mounting large seacoast cannons at Brunswick Point, the site of the colonial port town of Brunswick, located halfway between Wilmington and the mouth of the river.

In February 1865, Union forces advanced on Wilmington by way of Fort Anderson. General Grant had ordered them to capture the city in order to assist General Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign. A combined operation against Fort Anderson lasted from Feb. 17-19, 1865. The fate of the Confederacy hung in the balance.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by Chris.




Beverly Tetterton and Dan Camacho

Beverly Tetterton and Dan Camacho

Monday, January 19, 2015    Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm  (past events)

Beverly Tetterton and Dan Comacho will talk about their joint venture, wihi = Wilmington History that brings local history into the digital age.

If you have a smart phone or tablet bring it along as they will be available to show people how to download and use their apps.






John Golden

John Golden

Monday December 15, 2014  Holiday Potluck 6:30 – 9:00 pm. (past events)

John Golden, Folksinger/Storyteller will be back providing Christmas themed entertainment for our evening.

The History Center has many of John’s Christmas CDs available for sale – see here.

Here’s a sampling of some of John Golden and Geoffrey Morris’s YouTube and Vimeo music videos.  John Golden’s video singing St. James Infirmary.  Their video, Drivin Wheel was filmed on location in Castle Hayne, Burgaw, & Wallace, NC.

This year we will be back at the History Center as it’s a lot easier for the hospitality committee.



LeRae Umfleet

LeRae Umfleet

Monday November 17, 2014  Open Meeting 7:30 – 900 pm. (past events)

LeRae Umfleet, of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will return to us with her program on “Women in World War One.”

LeRae Umfleet was a lead researcher for the North Carolina 1898 Race Riot Report, where she explained  how the November 11, 1898 massacre stopped the growth of the city of Wilmington.




Balsam Range

Balsam Range

Saturday November 1, 2014  5:30pm – 7:30pm  (past events)

The Society has been invited to sell refreshments at a benefit concert benefiting the Friends of Fort Fisher.

From the North Carolina Mountains, the acoustic group, Balsam Range, presents a unique blend of bluegrass, gospel, folk and jazz.

The band’s 2013 release, “Papertown” (YouTube) named for their hometown of Canton, NC, (which houses a paper mill), took the high honor at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.

The highly acclaimed project spent five consecutive months at the number one spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey chart. Balsam Range was also the recipient of an unprecedented six other International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) nominations for 2013.

Recently, on October 2, 2014, Balsam Range won the 2014 IBMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year.

Federal Point History Center will be selling refreshments for the Nov. 1, 2014 benefit concert. It will be held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia at 7 pm.

Tickets are $30 – $35.

Captain DougSunday October 19, 2014 History Cruise Fundraiser 4:00 – 6:00 pm  (past events)

Join us for an informative and fun cruise along the Cape Fear River aboard The Wilmington.

Leaving from the Wilmington Water Tours dock in downtown Wilmington, the trip will be narrated by Doug Springer with help from historian Beverly Tetterton who will have her new book Maritime Wilmington for purchase and signing.

Read: Ben Steelman’s (StarNews) review of Beverley Tetterton’s new book, Maritime Wilmington.

Call 910-458-0502 to reserve tickets. $35.00 per person




Carolina Beach in Postcards

Monday October 20, 2014  Open Meeting 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past events)

Local historian and author, Elaine Henson, will present an illustrated talk on the history of the “Cape Fear Beaches.”

Her book, Carolina Beach, shares the history of this seaside community through the postcards its visitors sent home.

From the early hand-colored cards printed in Germany to the modern chrome cards of today, we see the people and places of Carolina Beach.






Carolina Beach BoardwalkMonday September 15, 2014 Open Meeting 7:30-9:00 pm  (past events)

This month’s speaker will be Norm Melton, a retired teacher. Norm grew up around his mother’s gift shop in Carolina Beach. Marie Melton operated the gift shop on the Boardwalk from 1946-1971. Norm was in elementary school when they arrived and he graduated with the Carolina Beach Elementary School class of 1964.

Mr. Melton will present a variety of topics taken from his own experiences in the 1950’s and 1960’s and hopes to encourage discussion and additional memories among our “old timers” in attendance. It will be sort of “homecoming” with history and we’ll have the video recorder running to capture it all.



Mike GilesMonday August 18, 2014Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. (past events)

Mike Giles, from the North Carolina Coastal Federation will talk to us about the natural history of our most precious resource.

Mike is a North Carolina native, and before joining the federation in 2006, he served as the open-space land manager for Durham County for five years. Mike has extensive stewardship, enforcement and advocacy experience, gathered from positions with the National Park Service and the Army Corps of Engineers and as chief park ranger for Mecklenburg County. He studied wildlife management at N.C. State University, which included additional research and course work in coastal ecology. Mike monitors the Southeast Region from the Wrightsville Beach regional office.



Cape Fear Camera Club Exhibit

Federal Point Photo Exhibit at Aquarium

June 11 through September 10, 2014 (past events)

The Cape Fear Camera Club has created an exhibit, simply titled, “Federal Point,” which is a more artistic, rather than exclusively documentary, representation of the region.

The exhibit predominantly comprises contemporary works, like a whimsical long-exposure of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk’s carnival rides, but also features a 1970 portrait of one of the most well-known residents of Federal Point – Robert Harrill (1893 – 1972), the Fort Fisher Hermit. Additionally, pieces on display range from traditional matted prints to canvas and metal, creating in the gallery a trek of diverse styles.

The show will be on view at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’sSpadefish Gallery from June 11 through September 10, 2014.



Sam LeakeMonday July 21,  2014Open Meeting 7:30-9:00 pm. (past events)

Wilmington entrepreneur,  Sam Leake, will talk about the life and times of the South’s most famous General,  Robert E. Lee.

Sam Leake will be talking about the non-war life of Robert E. Lee.  The General’s war years are heavily documented and explored, but what happened to Lee after the Civil War ended? What events shaped the person that became the General of the Confederate Army?




Monday June 17, 2014 – Potluck Picnic. 6:30 – 8:30 pm  (past events)

In lieu of our usual program, we will enjoy our annual summer potluck. 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.



Britt's Donuts - Daniel NorrisMonday May 19, 2014 Open Meeting. 7:30-900 pm. (past events)

Daniel Norris, publisher and author, will talk about his new book on the iconic Boardwalk establishment, Britt’s. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by Daniel.

The FPHPS Bookstore also has available copies of Norris’ books for sale.




Wilmington Water ToursWilmington Water Tours – Sunday, April 6th, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  (past events)

Chris Fonvielle will conduct a 3 hour lecture on-board the “Wilmington“. Lecture content to be determined. Please go to or call 910-338-3134 for more information.

Cost: $50 – If you mention “Federal Point History Center” Wilmington Water Tours will give 10% of ticket price to Federal Point History Center.



Faces of Fort FisherMonday April 21, 2014 – Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm  (past meetings)

Civil War historian, Chris Fonvielle, will talk about his new book: Faces Of Fort Fisher:1861-1864.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by Chris.  Faces of Fort Fisher: 1861-1864 and many other books by Chris Fonvielle are available at our online bookstore.




Fonvielle Explaining the EarthworksSaturday, March 22, 2014 – Walking Tour of “The Sugar Loaf Line of Defense” – 2:00 to 4:00 pm  – $5.00 registration fee  (past events)

Again this year Dr. Chris Fonvielle will lead his “world famous” walk across the Federal Point peninsula, through the Carolina Beach State Park, to the riverside landmark Sugar Loaf. Along the way he will point out numerous earthworks that remain from the Civil War era.

The walk will leave from the parking lot behind Carolina Beach Town Hall, 1121 N Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, North Carolina at 2:00 pm

This popular event is limited to 25 participants so call 910-458-0502 to reserve your place.    More Details ….


Frying Pan Light Tower

Monday, March 17, 2014 – Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)

Richard Neal, owner of the Frying Pan Light Tower will share some video clips and images of the facility over the years as well as during the current restoration.




Battle of BentonvilleMarch 11, 2014 – Webcast Live From Bentonville – (from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.) (past meetings)

Full program details here.





Lori Sanderlin - Women of Cape FearMonday, February 17, 2014 – Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)

Lori Sanderlin, Curator of Education for NC Maritime Museum at Southport, whose academic interest is the history of women in the Cape Fear area, will talk about Death and Dying: Customs and Culture During the Civil War.




Island GazetteMonday, January 20, 2014Open Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)

Jasmine McKee of the Island Gazette newspaper spoke at January’s meeting on the history of the paper and the family who runs it. She shared some of the publisher’s favorite stories on local government, storms and tourism.

Jasmine has worked at the paper for over 10 years covering events, designing ads and some layout.



They are held at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.)

Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4.

For more information call: 910-458-0502