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Wrightsville Beach Museum’s Waterman Hall of Fame Announcement of Class of 2019

Cornelius Nixon – Local Hero

Jack Viorel – Special Recognition

Carl Snow – Fishing

George Erkes – Ocean Rescue

Amy Rose – Special Recognition

Jim Skiba – Pioneer

The Wrightsville Beach Museum is proud to announce the museum’s Waterman Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Join us as we celebrate the importance of water culture within our community and the men and women who not only excel in water professions and/or sports, but also give back to this community in a variety of meaningful ways.

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time: 1 PM – 4 PM

Place: Flamingo Ballroom, Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Description: The Waterman Hall of Fame was created to reflect the importance of community spirit and personal contributions within the culture of water sports and professions throughout the history of Wrightsville Beach. It is a celebration of watermen and women 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 both in competition and in their respect for the community. The Hall of Fame is intended to be a lasting tribute to the achievements of the generations of Wrightsville Beach watermen and women who have shaped this community and its relationship with the water.

The Hall of Fame Celebration will be held 1 PM – 4 PM, on Sunday, October 20, at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville Beach. 1-2 PM – Social Hour; 2 PM Induction and Presentations; 3:30PM –  Memorial Wreaths for Fallen Watermen


For more information please call:

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, (910) 256-2569

Wrightsville Beach Museum Selected for Two Smithsonian ProgramsWW logo

We are happy to announce that the museum has been selected to be one of six hosts in NC for the Smithsonian’s Museums on Main Street (MoMS) “Water/Ways” traveling exhibit, and one of twenty participants in the 2020 Stories: YES program!

“Water/Ways” will be on-site from December 2020 – January 2021. Check out the press release with more information:



IN THE NEWS! The museum is in an article in Forbes!   The article is on the Blockade Runner. The museum is mentioned as  “one of Wrightsville Beach gems.”

We are proud to announce that Rhesa Stone and Camp Chris Stone have raised the funds to name the Bordeaux Cottage Exploration Room, The Chris Stone Exploration Room!! THANK YOU!!!!

Fall beach season is upon us, but we still have a lot going on at the Wrightsville Beach Museum –

WE had a great exhibit of Hank Carter’s Photography!! We sold 10 large pieces of artwork and visitors loved being able to see his beautiful  photographs.

Lumina Daze: We had a great evening to benefit the museum! Mark your calendar for next year! August 30, 2020!!


Upcoming Events:           Yes, we are BUSY!! –

October 20 – Waterman Hall of Fame Induction and Celebration. Blockade Runner Resort, Flamingo Ballroom,1-4PM Go to Waterman Hall of Fame page for further information.

October 24-26Plein Air Art Days, October 26, 2-4pm Plein Air Wet Paint Sale – Artists register here:

Go To Plein Air page to download Rules and Registration Form

November 9th Friends of WB Reunion

December- 14th Annual Jingle Bell Run

Be in touch any time! We love hearing from you!!

Come by:

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

PO Box 584/303 West Salisbury Street

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


Phone: 910-256-2569


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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 being used all last summer by Camp Chris Stone!!!! The interior has been painted! We are SO close!

We proudly announce that Rhesa Stone and Camp Chris Stone have raised the funds to name the Bordeaux Cottage Exploration Room, The Chris Stone Exploration Room!! THANK YOU!!!!


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!: