Join Us!


Wrightsville Beach Museum of History –Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6 PM

Join us at the newly-opened Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, on Tuesday, January 31 at 6PM for Wrightsville Beach Museum’s Annual Meeting.

You can grab a brew and some food while you find out what the museum accomplished last year and what great things we have in store for 2017 and beyond!

Meet the board and fellow friends of the museum. We will be electing our new officers and new board members.

Our Board President from 2015-2016, Lori Rosbrugh, will give an overview of 2016 at the museum.

Haywood Newkirk will talk about the Waterman Hall of Fame goals for 2017.

Joshua Cole will discuss our new exhibits and programs.

Our new Board president, Tina Williamson, will outline 2017 at the museum.

 For more information call Wrightsville Beach Museum at 256-2569


Hobie and Salt Life

Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro-AmWBSUPSURFgraphicFinal

April 15-16, 2017


The Wrightsville Beach Museum and Carolina Paddleboard Co. welcome participants to the Hobie & Salt Life Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro-Am on April 15, 2017. Held at beautiful Wrightsville Beach, renowned for its clear water and great surf, the event will be a spectator-friendly, world-class event with a new app allowing spectators and competitors to know scores in real time.


  • The WB SUP Surf Pro Am is the largest Stand Up Paddle Surf Prize Purse on the East Coast with the potential for $8000* in the Pro Divisions.
  • The amateur competition will also be awarded prizes and includes divisions for Groms (under 14), open 15-49, and Master’s (50+).
  • Lastly, bringing the pros to the same heats as the joes will be the Longboard SUP Division with a purse of $1,000. This open division will be judged on longboard style maneuvers and will count towards the Newkirk All-Waterman Award.
  • Watch for more information on a team challenge.


See the 25-page spread on paddleboarding at Wrightsville Beach in Standup Paddle Magazine, Vol. #4


The Wrightsville Beach Museum is holding its third annual Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro-Am to support the museum and its Waterman Hall of Fame. The Waterman Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for their excellence in water sports and their contributions to our beach community as part of the museum’s work to support and interpret the rich history of Wrightsville Beach.

The children’s programs hosted by the museum during this event will engage young people in the history of the area to complement their educational foundation and encourage their future support of the broad spectrum of cultural resources and their importance to the community.


In addition to the prizes as scheduled, The Newkirk Waterman Award is given each year to the participant that has the highest combined finish in the Pro and Longboard Divisions of the Wrightsville Beach Pro-Am. The payout for the award is $500 and male and female participants are both eligible. Last year’s winner was Bullet Obra and Fisher Grant from Florida received the award in 2015. Professional longboarder and Carolina Beach native, Tony Silvagni, won the Newkirk Waterman Award in 2014. Jarrod Covington was the recipient in 2013.
This award is named for Haywood Newkirk, Sr., one of Wrightsville Beach’s original watermen. In the early 1950s, Newkirk was fishing the Gulf Stream waters off Wrightsville Beach, swimming on the All-Army Swim Team; barefoot skiing through Banks Channel; lifeguarding at Lumina Pavilion and surfing local beaches on a converted airplane wing. Today, the award remembers his contributions while honoring new talent shining in local waters.


Wrightsville Beach Museum of History -303 West Salisbury Street

2 frt

NEW! Loop Through History walking tour was up on December 10 for Jingle Bell Run!

SPONSOR one of 25 signs of vintage photographs and descriptions of historic facts.  8 bk11 frt

Sponsor form one page LOOP THROUGH HISTORY at Wrightsville Beach

LOOP THROUGH HISTORY at Wrightsville Beach – Sponsorship Information

Become a sponsor of one of the 25 signs around the 2.45 miles of The Loop to support the Wrightsville Beach Museum and be a part of this great project. You may sponsor in your name, that of your business, or to honor someone special. We encourage you to be creative. Sponsorships are renewed annually and begin January 1 to run for a calendar year. List of Signs are below. Ones with names after them have been sponsored.

Sponsorship annual fee – $150.00


Your sponsor name will go directly on the sign on an oval label that is easy to read.

The Loop Through History Site Signs

 Each of the 25 signs around the 2.45 miles of The Loop highlights an important aspect of Wrightsville Beach history and development. Carefully researched and paired with photographs illustrating what was once here, the site signs tell the rich and varied story of Wrightsville Beach. Become a Loop Through History sign sponsor and support the Wrightsville Beach Museum through this exciting new project!

  1. Wrightsville Beach Museum – Blockade Runner Beach Resort
  2. Hurricane Hazel – Sharkey’s and Sarah Harris of Intracoastal Realty
  3. Tidewater Power Company
  4. Fishing/Marsh and Sea Harvesting – The Holman Family
  5. Wrightsville Beach School – Kathleen Cantwell and david Cantwell
  6. Bridges
  7. Wrightsville Beach Then and Now – Ben, Joe Bill, and Marry Webber in memory of Dr. Joseph W. Baggett and Hannah Husk Baggett
  8. Ocean Piers – Donna Starling
  9. Oceanic Hotel – The Cottage at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort
  10. Seashore Hotel/Ocean Terrace/ Blockade Runner – Mary and Bill Baggett
  11. Lumina – The family of Pete and Joan Manolukas
  12. Business District – Sarah Wright Hicks –
  13. Carolina Yacht Club – Carolina Yacht Club Board of Directors
  14. Municipal Docks
  15. Banks Channel – Lisa Weeks
  16. Research Facilities
  17. Harbor Island – Scott and Patti McKinnon
  18. Trolley – Susan Creasy
  19. The Inlets/Jetties
  20. Bathing Suits – John Sideris
  21. Lifeguards – Steve Matthews, Matthews Motors
  22. Police
  23. Fire Department
  24. The Drawbridge – William and Debi Beverage
  25. Babies Hospital – Dr. Anne Allen, Allen Spine and Sports Medicine


Event Calendar