Commerce and Conflict; Wilmington, Fort Fisher and Blockade Running During the Civil War The Historical Society of Topsail Island (HSTI) invites you to lunch with our exciting speaker, John William Morris III, MA, RPA (aka Billy Ray) at our April Luncheon. Morris explores Wilmington during the American Civil War, one of the most important ports in the Confederacy. With two approaches into the Cape Fear River Wilmington rapidly became the pivotal port for the importation of supplies and munitions for the Army of Northern Virginia. The Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Office of State Archaeology has recorded 27 shipwrecks from vessels involved in the campaign to close the port of Wilmington from 1861-1865. The program is set for April
Join Us Thursday March 9th from 11:30am to 1:00pm at The Historic Assembly Building Want to know more about how the Intracoastal Waterway made its way through North Carolina? Join HSTI and Elaine B. Henson for "The Big Dig: A History of the Intracoastal Waterway in New Hanover County". Lunch, catered by The Beach Shop and Grill will be corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, salad, rolls, dessert and tea. There is no charge for the program only, but please register to guarantee your seat!Elaine Blackwell Henson is presently the President of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society. She has served as a past president of the Cape Fear Garden Club, past chairman of Azalea Garden Tour and has served on the
What Happened to the Lost Colony? Join David LaVere, Ph.D. from the North Carolina Humanities Council at the Historical Society of Topsail Island's February Luncheon to explore this mystery! Catered by the Beach Shop and Grill- So you know lunch will be great! Penne Pasta with Meatballs, salad, rolls, dessert and tea. Space is limited so be sure to Register Soon! Register Now! The Lost Colony is one of the great NC mysteries. History professor Dr. David LaVere’s research shows that when the English colonists who were left on Roanoke in 1587 disappeared, they tried to leave clues to their whereabouts. Though John Smith and others would look for them, the Lost Colonists were never seen again by Europeans.
The 18th century was not an easy time to be an indentured servant. Meet two women who refused to accept their lot in life and forged their own destinies through cunning, lies and deception. Learn about the characters and cultures that populated Tryon Palace and the surrounding areas of New Bern throughout history. If you have toured Tryon Palace you may be familiar with topics like the Stanly family and 18th-century dining culture, but these lunches will take you deeper into the history of the palace and the people of historic New Bern. The March luncheon of the Historical Society of Topsail Island will be held at the Assembly Building on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 11:30 AM. Mr. Matt Arthur, Living History Program Coordinator at
The March luncheon of the Historical Society of Topsail Island will be held at the Assembly Building on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 11:30 AM. Mr. Matt Arthur, Living History Program Coordinator at Tryon Palace, will share the history of indentured servants in NC during the late 17th and 18th centuries. Lunch, prepared by The Beach Shop, will include: Corned Beef with Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots Salad, rolls, dessert and tea Remember that reservations are required for the luncheon. There is no charge for attending the program only. Cost is $12 ($10 for attendees 70+) to be paid at the door. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-389-8776 by Friday, March 4th.
Mayor Eulis Willis has served over 36 years within the town council with the last 14 years as Mayor. Four year term starting 2013 through 2017. The February luncheon of the Historical Society of Topsail Island will be held at the Assembly Building on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 11:30 AM. The Mayor of Navassa, Mr. Eulis Willis, who attended and spoke at our 2015 meeting on the Gullah/Geechee Corridor, will discuss the history of the area’s rice plantations and share details of local rice production. Lunch, prepared by The Beach Shop, will include: Penne Pasta with Meatballs, Green Beans, Salad, rolls, dessert and tea. Remember that reservations are required for the luncheon. There is no charge for attending the program only.