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The Story of Cape Fear– A Grand Stage for 500 Years of American History

ALL 3 LECTURES. $45 Members / $60 Nonmember


Parts I, II and III

Sunday, January 19, 2020 2:00 PM

Part One: The Age of Explorers 1521-1750

The Myths of Verrazzano and the River Jordan; William Hilton and the “worthless” island; the origin of the names Cape Fear, Frying Pan Shoals, and Bald Head; John Vassall’s “Haunted Colony;” and the demise of the Barbadian “Gentleman Pirate.”


Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:00 PM

Part Two: Lighthouses and Lifesaving at Cape Fear

Cape Fear's Three Lighthouses 1795-1903, their history, their keepers, and their fates; President Jefferson and the lighthouse keeper’s wife; the “Ansel Adams” of American lighthouses; the amazing and tragic odyssey of the second most historic lighthouse Fresnel lens in the nation; the "Age of Oars," shipwrecks, lifesavers John Watts and Dunbar Davis, and the forgotten heroes of East Beach.


Sunday, March 22, 2020– 2:00 PM

Part Three: Cape Fear’s Colorful Characters– Tax Evaders, Blockade Runners, Commandos, Dreamers, and Developers

The Smiths of Smith Island, Civil War notables William Barker Cushing, Ambrose Hoke, Thomas Mann Thompson, Charlie Bahnson and the wreck of the Ella; the developers, Thomas Franklin Boyd, Frank Sherrill, William R. Henderson and the Carolina Cape Fear Corporation, Walter Davis, George Mitchell, and the Generator Society.


The Great Room at Weymouth Center

555 E. Connecticut Ave in Southern Pines NC

$15 members / $20 nonmembers

Reservations online at: weymouthcenter.org Event Tickets

Call 910-692-6261 for more information.

Venue Information

Office: 555 E Connecticut Ave Send mail to: PO Box 939
SOUTHERN PINES, NC 28388
(910) 692-6261
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Organizer Information

Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities


555 E Connecticut Ave
Southern Pines , NC 28387

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