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Purchase your tickets now for the Intracoastal/TownBank 2020 Oyster Roast

Enjoy a Southern Coastal Feast along the water’s edge as live music wafts across the wide porches of the Carolina Yacht Club.

Friday, March 20, 2020  5-8PM

At the historic Carolina Yacht Club

401 South Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach

Hosted by Intracoastal Realty and TowneBank Mortgage

Catered by Musser’s Seafood and Barbeque serving oysters and chicken with all the sides

Tickets on sale now!

The Museum has completed its Capital Campaign and will open the Bordeaux Cottage for the 2020 summer season!!

THANK YOU to everyone who has made this possible!!!  We can’t wait to share this new space with you and fill it with exibits and programs!!

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Museum continues fund-raising for expanded cottage campus

The Bordeaux Cottage, built in 1924, was relocated to become part of the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History’s campus on Salisbury Street. Fund-raising to complete the renovation of the cottage is still underway. [HUNTER INGRAM/STARNEWS] Hunter Ingram
Posted Dec 8, 2019 at 6:01 AM

Wrightsville Beach History museum has relocated a 1924 beach cottage to expand its education, exhibit space in 2020

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH – When the great Wrightsville Beach fire of 1934 swept across the north end of the destination island, it spared only a few structures.

Among them was a small beach cottage built a decade earlier, which likely survived thanks to a well-placed berm and luck. As it approaches its centennial anniversary in the coming decade, the cottage is getting new lease on life as a relocated extension of the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.

In 2017, the Bordeaux Cottage was moved to the same Salisbury Street site as the museum’s current cottage building, itself a 1909 salvage. But the museum has far outgrown its 1,100 square-foot home, bursting at the seams with a growing collection — and ambition to live beyond its walls.

“My museum theory is that if all you are doing is keeping the doors open, you’re not really serving the community,” said museum director Madeline Flagler. “You’ve got to do programming and reach out to the community.”

The museum has done more of those programs in recent years, with walking tours and its Loop Through History program on the walking path. But it needed more space to showcase exhibits and hold programs.

The Bordeaux Cottage was the perfect solution.

“We have been in that little house for so long, hoping something else would come available but nothing had until this cottage,” she said. “When I first saw it, it was not in good shape. But it had all the architectural features you’d want for an old cottage. The bones were there, the charm was there.”

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Named for its final resident and steward of historic preservation, Betty Bordeaux, the cottage is in the process of being outfitted for its introduction into what Flagler is calling a museum campus.

Inside the Bordeaux Cottage, the entrance room will be the Lumina Room, with panels on the famed Lumina Pavilion; a side room will be the Waterman Room, with exhibits on boating and fishing, as well as presentation space; and other exhibits will include a look at barrier islands and a generational reflection on family fun at the beach.

The back room, which will overlook the community tennis courts and playground, will be known as the Chris Stone Exploration Room for more hands-on activities and programs.

More than $200,000 in contributions have already been put toward the project, but the museum still needs to raise about $35,000 to complete its capital campaign and install electrical and lighting features in order to earn its certificate of occupancy. Staff would also like to install a lift, even though it not required due to its historic status.

“We want this to be open for the spring season,” Flagler said. “That’s why we are making as big a push as we can to move this along.”

Perhaps more pressing is having it up and running by December 2020 for the arrival of a special guest.

The new space made it possible for the museum to apply for new grants and exhibits through the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.. Its pitch secured it a spot on a traveling exhibit called Water/Ways, which explores water’s impact on human land use.

With its foot in the door, the museum also landed another Smithsonian grant called Stories: YES, which uses technology to record oral histories that will then become part of the Library of Congress’ permanent collection.

That grant focuses on the museum partnering with schools in Pender County to record digital stories from students about their personal recovery stories from Hurricane Florence.

“These children that have been through something that is traumatic and overwhelming and hard for them to grasp, but by doing this, they will at least know their piece of it will be part of a larger picture,” Flagler said.

After that project is completed, the Wrightsville Beach museum will be able to keep the equipment.

With more room to breathe and more opportunities already falling in place, Flagler said the Bordeaux Cottage, once funded and completed, will take the museum into a new decade with endless possibilities.

“This museum will be more dynamic than the current Myers Cottage,” she said. “People come in time and time again and they want to look at the model and talk about the things they remember and they like if things are in the same spot. But here, we will have so much more freedom to try new things.”




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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:

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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!!!!

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

Upcoming Events:           Yes, we are BUSY!! –

March 20 – Intracoastal Realty and Towne Bank Oyster Roast to benefit  Wrightsville Beach Museum. Tickets will be available online Feb. 8.

March 28 – First of 9 weekends of “Loop Through History” Signs along  The Loop

May/June – Opening of Bordeaux Cottage

June – Spring Membership Open House

June 1- September 20 – Lemonade on the Porch. Free lemonade daily       sponsored by local businesses or families

June/July– Shrimperoo fundraiser

June 17-August 19 – Weekly Wednesday morning Kids Club Classes

July 16 – Elaine Henson Illustrated talk on Lumina pavilion. 7:30pm at the museum’s Bordeaux Cottage

August 30 – Lumina Daze

November 7 – Friends of Wrightsville Beach Reunion and Fundraiser

November – Holiday Open House

December 4, 2020- January 18, 2021 – Smithsonian Institute Travelling    Exhibit             at the museum: “Water/Ways, Cape Fear Water Stories:        The River and the Sea “

December – 12th Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run

We are scheduling lectures, weekend demonstrations, and adult and family programs. For more information or to RSVP, call Wrightsville Beach Museum at 256-2569.

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  will be opening soon! We are SO close! 

or 910-256-2569.

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!: