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20151212_092906Time to Register for the Jingle Bell Run!

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History’s 9th ANNUAL JINGLE BELL 5K RUN and WALK     Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

PACKET PICK UP CHANGE!!Pickup on Friday, December 8 from 4-7PM will be at Academy Sports near Costco: 5309 Gingerwood Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405

We’re mixing it up again this year! Last year we had beanies. This year we have your favorite super soft Ts with the coolest logos yet – a Naughty choice  or a Nice choice. Register early and you can order an extra one beyond the free one so you can have one of each. After all, some days you feel Naughty, and some days you feel Nice!

Register for the Jingle Bell Run
We had a very successful Wet Paint Sale! over $1,000 went to support the museum, and $3000 to the artists in our short afternoon sale.

Thank you to all who came out to paint, to view and to purchase these beautiful scenes of this lovely beach.


Ann HairSave the date! Sunday, December 3, from 2 to 4 PM at the museum! Holiday Open House…Live Music, festive foods,
special holiday gifts in the shop, gift wrapping available


At last year’s Jingle Bell 5K Run and Walk we had 1,000 attend this fun event that included 718 runners with their friends and family cheering them on! The competitors tested their skills and won great prizes for best costumes, best times and teams.

The 2017 date for the run is December 9!

FIRST Registration deadline is Novenber 9!


Jingle Bell 5K Run and Walk. As this is a celebratory, holiday event, race participants are encouraged to dress in holiday apparel (i.e. Santa costumes, antlers, snow men etc.). We have a discounted family registration fee and competition for decorated strollers and costumed pets. Timing will be by with Colin Hackman.

NEW THIS YEAR! No boring shirts! We have Naughty and Nice shirts!

Wrightsville Beach Museum Waterman Hall of Fame – We are proud to announce the Class of 2017

Nancy Fahey – Local Hero

Ryan McInnis – Diving

Reggie Barnes – Beach Culture

Roy Turner – Surfing – Special Recognition

Sammy Corbett – Fishing

Murray Seidel – Sailing

On Sunday, October 15 at Blockade Runner Resort  we celebrated the importance of water culture to our community and inducted this Class of 2017.

  • This award was created to reflect the importance of community spirit and personal contributions to the culture of water sports throughout the history of New Hanover County Beaches.
  • We wish to celebrate those individuals and groups who represent sportsmanship both in and out of the water.
  • Those we recognize with this award exemplify the best of Wrightsville Beach in their character, demeanor, and spirit.
The museum has in place a new outdoor HURRICANE EXHIBIT!!  On Saturday September 16, Dylan Rosbrugh’s Eagle Scout project, an outdoor Hurricane exhibit, was installed. It is a perpendicular timber, IMG_3792made from salvaged Crystal  Pier wood,  noting local storm surge levels  It describes the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, the use of storm flags, the naming of hurricanes and define Storm Surge.
New, enlarged 10th Anniversary Edition of Luminous Island by Ray McAllister.wrightsville1

Special book pricing will extend through the end of the year. This is the new 10th anniversary edition of this well-written and well-researched  – and the only one currently in print – history of Wrightsville Beach. These $23.95 books we are selling for $22.00 for a single book or $20.00 each when you buy 5 or more.

Great opportunity for early holiday shopping. Purchase now and pick up at the museum, or we can send it to you:

2017 Lifeguard Reunion and Dedication of Wrightsville Beach Lifeguard Memorial – Saturday, September 16
Lifeguards of Wrightsville Beach: A Legacy of Service

We had a great turnout for this and a really good time as the lifeguards met up to celebrate and tell the stories of their time on the beach! Come by and see the lovely Lifeguard Stand Memorial with plaques for fallen Lifeguards and Ocean Rescue Team Members.

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