Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 22

 

Join Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of History at UNC Wilmington, in the second in the series of history-themed tours for Wilmington Water Tours from 10:00 to noon. In part two, Dr. Fonvielle will discuss permanent settlement in the Lower Cape Fear; the forced coming of enslaved Africans; the rise of the rice and Gullah-Geechee culture; the emergence of Wilmington as a key seaport in North Carolina; the deteriorating relationship between the colonies and Great Britain and the coming of the American Revolution.

Did you know that the first massed armed protest against Great Britain’s Stamp Act of 1765 occurred in the Lower Cape Fear? “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”

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(910) 338-3134

 

 



Tuesday, May 31st

 

SPEAKER SERIES #2 – Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr., historian, professor and author, will be speaking under the Bordeaux Cottage (Wrightsville Beach Museum, Wrightsville Beach, NC) and sharing his knowledge about Cape Fear history as most recently told through his new revised edition of Curious Tales from Old Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear: The Truth Behind the Legends. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and autographing.  A great opportunity to hear the rich history of the Cape Fear area come alive. More information and sign up at www.wbmuseumofhistory.com/events
 

 

 

Sunday, June 19

 

Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of History at UNC Wilmington, in the third in the series of history-themed tours for Wilmington Water Tours from 10:00 to noon.  In part three, Dr. Fonvielle will discuss the American Revolution in the Lower Cape Fear; Great Britain’s plan to launch a military campaign against the Southern colonies by way of the Cape Fear River and North Carolina in 1776; the resulting and significant Battle of Moores Creek Bridge; the colony’s written commitment to independence; the British occupation of and reign of terror in southeastern North Carolina in 1781; and the war’s aftermath. Also learn about the alleged “Midnight Ride of Polly Slocumb” at Moores Creek Bridge and the role of women in the Revolutionary War in the Lower Cape Fear. “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”

Wilmington Water Tours: https://wilmingtonwatertours.net/

(910) 338-3134



 

Sunday, July 17

 

Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of History at UNC Wilmington, in the fourth in the series of history-themed tours for Wilmington Water Tours, from 10:00 to noon. Dr. Fonvielle will talk about Wilmington’s rise as North Carolina’s largest city and most important seaport in the 1800s; the coming of the railroad; the arrival of Europeans and Northerners to take advantage of the Lower Cape Fear’s bustling economy; and the coming of the Civil War. He will also relate intriguing human interest stories of early Wilmingtonians like Samuel R. Jocelyn Jr. who supposedly was buried alive in the graveyard at St. James Episcopal Church in historic downtown Wilmington. “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.” Wilmington Water Tours: https://wilmingtonwatertours.net/

(910) 338-3134


 

Sunday, August 21

Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of History at UNC Wilmington, in the fifth in the series of history-themed tours for Wilmington Water Tours from 10:00 to noon. Dr. Fonvielle will discuss the Civil War in the Lower Cape Fear when Wilmington played a more important role in our nation’s history than at any other time. In 1860 Wilmington was North Carolina’s most active seaport and populated city. By 1863 Wilmington was the Confederacy’s major seaport for the blockade running trade and known as the “Lifeline of the Confederacy.” By late 1864 Wilmington was the most significant city in the Confederacy. “If Wilmington falls,” cautioned General Robert E. Lee, “I cannot maintain my army.” Dr. Fonvielle will also tell fascinating stories of Cape Fearians during the troublesome time like the great escape of William B. Gould and other enslaved Blacks during the horrific yellow fever epidemic in 1862; the successful blockade running Captain Michael Usina and his renowned dog Tinker; and the tragic death by drowning of the famous Confederate spy Rose O’Neale Greenhow off the blockade-runner Condor near Fort Fisher in 1864. “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”

Wilmington Water Tours: https://wilmingtonwatertours.net/

(910) 338-3134

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