The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society held its monthly meeting on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
Lois Carol Wheatley grew up in a rural area of Maryland that is now the bustling metropolis of Columbia. She likes to claim she’s pre-Columbian. With an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Maryland, she went on to earn a graduate degree from East Carolina University. Her master’s thesis, “Women Writers of Black Mountain College,” appeared in the North Carolina Literary Review and is now among the permanent collection of the Black Mountain Museum + Gallery in Asheville.
After grad school she went to work as a staff writer for the Herald-Sun in Durham, and for the past ten years has worked as a freelance writer for newspapers, magazines and web sites. For her book, “Images of America: Carolina Beach” she collected photos of Seabreeze, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher from area residents and from FPHPS members, and then put together a slide show for our May 21 meeting.
Also this month we will present our annual 4th Grade essay contest winners. This year we have two winners, Harley Meiks for his creative essay on what it would be like to live in a lighthouse and Nicole Creech for her factual essay on the history of the Federal Point Lighthouse. Their families have been invited to join us to hear the winners read their essays and receive their awards.
Drawing of the three Federal Pt. Lights by Ramsey Hallmon