Monthly Meeting Report – September, 2011

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society held its monthly meeting on Monday, September 19, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Larry Maisel

Larry Maisel

This month’s speaker was Larry Maisel, author of the book Before We Were Quaint.

This book punctures the myth about the nature of the small North Carolina coastal village of Southport. Today it is known as “the town with all the antique stores,” but it’s past is very different. From the mid 1800s to the 1950s Southport was a hard working, sometimes kind of rough, even industrial, town, not merely a fishing village. Only later could it be called “quaint.”

The author unfolds that past for us.

Larry Maisel is a retired broadcast journalist and executive, now living in Southport, NC. Much of his journalism career was spent in the South, where he covered City Hall District Attorney Jim Garrison’s Kennedy Assassination Investigation in New Orleans; the civil rights movement in Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia; and state and local politics in Virginia and West Virginia. He worked in radio news in Maryland. Before_we_were_quaint

He has also written and produced a number of documentaries. His first, in 1965, An April Day in Appomattox, on the 100th Anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox Court House, and the last, in 2005, Vanishing Village: The Southport That Used to Be.

That followed Southport Remembered: Glimpses of Our Past, produced in 2001. A writer and columnist, his column, “As I See It,” has appeared in the Southport newspaper, The State Port Pilot, and the monthly Brunswick Alive.
In 2006 he co-authored Lelia Jane: A Very Gentle Lady with another Southport historian, Susie Carson.