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Please help the museum with an End-of-Year Donation!

Only 3 days left in 2018!
Support your local history museum and its community outreach by making a charitable donation to the museum by midnight Monday Jan. 31

Please make your tax-deductible gift now by donating securely online:

End of Year Donation

Would you like to donate in the name of Camp Chris Stone as we renovate the Bordeaux Cottage to provide more space for the camp? Donate HERE: 

Camp Chris Stone Donation


Many of you have responded with generous gifts and we appreciate that greatly. Each gift is important to us.
If you have not yet responded to this appeal, please take this opportunity to make your tax-deductible gift now by donating securely online:
End of Year Donation
There is so much we want to do to better tell the story of Wrightsville Beach: oral histories, adult lectures, school programs, and guided walking tours. Our 1909 building also needs constant care: porch repairs, better lighting inside and outside, office shelving, interior painting, and repairs of steps and doors. Our recently-acquired 1924 Bordeaux Cottage needs restorations to be completed. With your gift these needs can be met, helping make the museum more viable and vibrant as we work to better serve the community.
 Please consider a donation to the museum. We are small, so each gift has a real impact.
End of Year Donation
Thank you,
 Wrightsville Beach Museum Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Tina Williamson, President
Skipper Funderburg, Vice-President
Pete Manolukas, Treasurer
Coleman Cooper, Secretary
Kelly Catino
Catherine Butler
Louise Hicks
Ronnie Hunt
JoEtta Cobb
Brett Blizzard
Dick Verrone

Coastal Kia’s Wrightsville Beach Museum’s Jingle Bell 5K Run and Walk CoastalKia

The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History invites you to participate in the museum’s Tenth Annual 5K Jingle Bell 5K Run and Walk. As this will be a celebratory, holiday event, race participants are encouraged to dress in holiday apparel (i.e. Santa costumes, antlers, snowmen etc.). We have a family registration and competition for decorated strollers and costumed pets. Timing will be by with Colin Hackman.

AGAIN THIS YEAR! No boring shirts!

 The Jingle Bell 5K Run will benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Join us in a 5K through the Wrightsville Beach area to see the beach in a new way. Historic cottages, beautiful winter marshes, and all your old haunts are part of the scenery as you meet the challenge to experience this special 5 K and benefit this special museum.

Register online at    
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Family and group rates available.
                Costume prizes for runners and pets! Prize for best-decorated stroller!!

Pirate Day at the Museum

October 20, 1-4pm          SURE WAS FUN!!!

“Aaarrghhhh, there be Pirates ahead! We celebrated our local Pirate history at the Wrightsville Beach Museum on Saturday October 20th. Local Historian and former Director of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project, Mark Wilde-Ramsing made a presentation of his new book “Blackbeard’s Sunken Treasure”. Local Artist, Virginia Wright-Frierson was also be in attendance to discuss her illustrations for the book.

Kid friendly activities with pirate costumes encouraged. We had a full house! Here’s to next year!

The 1924 Bordeaux Cottage transformation is almost done. Come by and take a look at the progress we are making!

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The 1924 Bordeaux Cottage has been moved, the pilings set and the building lowered to its proper height!!!!

Saving an historic building – The 1924 Ewing- Bordeaux Cottage, originally located at 405 N. Lumina Avenue, along with its neighbor, the Williams-Bordeaux, were the oldest fully-intact structures  north of Stone Street. They are the last two of six cottages that survived the Great Fire of 1934. Currently the greatest threat to historic cottages is the steady rise in property values and demand for development. Moving the Ewing- Bordeaux Cottage saved a rare example of local Wrightsville Beach architecture of which only a handful remain and transition it into a public building to be enjoyed on a much wider scale.

Growing the museum Not only has moving the Ewing-Bordeaux cottage allowed the Wrightsville Beach Museum to preserve this special building, but it also made it possible for the Museum to expand its programs, exhibits and other services to the community. The cottage is allowing our growing project, the Waterman Hall of Fame, to have a permanent home to celebrate water sports and professions that are so important to our community and celebrate those who make positive contributions to our way of life. This is an exciting time in the life of the museum as this cottage allows us to grow our outdoor teaching spaces and indoor experiential learning resources.

See the video of the move!: