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Beach season greetings from your friends at the Wrightsville Beach Museum –

Warming weather is here and the traffic is starting to increase as people make their way to our beloved beach. While the fun in the sun is taking place, we wanted to recap some of the items and events that are the latest happenings at the Museum.

We had a great Spring Open House – in spite of the rain!!

Great live music with Keith Carter and his bluegrass band, lots of sales in the new revamped gift shop, and GREAT Pizza with Wheelz Pizza!! Wonderful art work from Jay DeChesere. Come by and see the artwork all month!!

New jewelry from Jackie Zurbreugg! Bags, clutches, wine bags, and coasters from Holly Aiken! Re-Eco bottle openers! Mary Holst jewelry! Port City Totes Wrightsville Beach Museum exclusive Tote! Thank you to Robert and Mary Holst for all your help in the gift shop re-design! 

We are currently busy planning our Wright Holman Shrimperoo! This tasty event will be held on June 22nd. from 6:30-9pm. Hardee, Hunt and Williams will be on our title sponsor this year and Motts Channel Seafood is hosting the event. The Shrimperoo sells out every year and we are expecting an even larger crowd in 2019 so get your tickets as soon as possible to secure your spot. Tickets are on sale now!

Hardee Hunt and Williams presents Wrightsville Beach Museum’s Wright Holman Shrimperoo at Mott’s Channel Seafood on Saturday, June 22, 6:30-9pm. Mott’s is providing the freshest shrimp to be cooked on site. Jackson’s Big Oak Barbeque is providing great sides to go with the shrimp, live, local, fun music and select items for a silent auction. What’s not to love??!!

Limited number of tickets available. Order online now: Purchase Here


Hurricane Waters: Storm Talk with Jay Barnes

June 13th 7:30 PM

Jay Barnes is a Hurricane Historian. He lectures widely on U.S. hurricanes, and will be hosting a talk about Wrightsville Beach and the incredible storm history the Luminous Island has experienced. He is the author of several books and articles on hurricanes, including North Carolina’s Hurricane History, now in its third edition, Florida’s Hurricane History, now in its second edition, and Faces From the Flood: Hurricane Floyd Remembered. Barnes has appeared in various productions for The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, and others. Barnes lives in Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.

New Gift Shop Item: Re-Eco Design Glass Straws

Re-Eco Design, located off  Oleander Drive, is living up to their eco-friendly philosophy with our latest gift shop addition.  We are now offering glass straws with cleaner brush and carrying case are now selling for $10 each.

Re-Eco Design products are made in Wilmington by a family of four artists. Their goal is to provide a variety of products for the eco-conscience consumer and to recreate, reuse, recycle and respect our natural resources.

Limited quantities available so stop by soon to get your beach friendly, reusable straw!


Lumina Daze: Mark your Calendars

Lumina Daze coming on Sunday, August 25!

Would you like to help? Have something for the silent auction?

Want to be a sponsor? Know someone who would?

New Membership Pricing:

Just a reminder, effective April 1st, new membership pricing is officially in effect.

$40 Sand Daisy- Individual
$70 Jetty Jumper (1 year)
$130 Jetty Jumper (2 year)
$100 Beach Comber (1 year)
$185 Beach Comber (2 year)
$250 Benefactor
$500 Lifeguard (with engraved plank in boardwalk)
New Level for 2019: Sand Dollar- $35- Senior Individual (1 year)

New Book Alert: Shagging in the Carolinas

Shagging in the Carolinas is a history of dance, romance and the New South. The Shag defied social conventions as carefree white teenagers were inspired by the possibilities inherent in improvisational black dance and music. Touted here as first danced by Lewis Phillip Hall and “Julia” at Lumina at the 1927 Feast of Pirates, The Shag has been a part of Wrightsville Beach for nearly a century.

Author ‘Fessa John Hook is a well-known broadcaster who became Billboard magazine’s Program Director of the Year in 1983 andis also credited with having developed the very first full-time Beach Music radio station. Today he heads the Endless Summer Network.

This book goes into detail on how the Shag came to be, giving credit to Wrightsville Beach and other nearby beaches for solidifying the dance into American culture. Currently available in the museum’s gift shop!

Upcoming Events:           Yes, we are BUSY!!

May 27 – 1st week of Lemonade on the Porch – 13 weeks to follow!

May 27 – Museum open 24 years!

June 2 – 5-7pm Membership Open House – Live music, Food Truck, Games, and an expanded Gift Shop

June 5 – 10:30am First of weekly Kid’s Club free programs for youngsters. 10 more weeks to follow!

June 13– 7:30pm NC Hurricanes with Jay Barnes, author of NC Hurricanes, Weather Channel consultant and Southport native. PowerPoint presentation and talk.  Show-and-Tell time to share your hurricane photos and stories after the talk. 7:30pm

June 17-21 and 24-28 and July 8-12 and 15-19Camp Chris Stone. Fun and learning in the marsh

June 22 – 6:30-9pm Wright Holman Shrimperoo– perennial favorite hosted by Hardee, Hunt and Williams! at Motts Channel Seafood

June 27 – 7:30pm Illustrated Talk by Elaine Henson on Wrightsville Beach “Between the Wars” with remarkable photographs from the Barry family 7:30pm

July 13 – Lumina Event- Games, music, swing dancers and book signing with Mary Flinn, author of the new novel Lumina set in 1920s Wrightsville Beach.

August 25Lumina Daze fundraiser

October 24-26Plein Air Art Days and Wet Paint Sale

October– Pirate Day- Activities for all ages!

October – Waterman Hall of Fame Celebration

November 9th Friends of WB Reunion

December- 11th 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



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!: