Federal Point Historic Society: Monthly Meeting to include discussion of the "The Yellow Death: Wilmington and The Epidemic of 1862"
- Published on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 20:57
- Written by Super User
The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, October 15, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.
In 1862, yellow fever cut a swath through Civil War Wilmington that killed off a third of North Carolina's largest city. Join Jack Fryar, author of "The Yellow Death: Wilmington & The Epidemic of 1862" to hear the story of a time when tragedy was the rule along the banks of the Cape Fear River, and wagons carried the dead to Oakdale Cemetery on a daily basis
Jack E. Fryar, Jr. is the author or editor of twenty-two books about the history of the Cape Fear and North Carolina. Jack is the publisher of Dram Tree Books, the local press specializing in books about the four centuries of history of the Tar Heel State, particularly the coastal regions.
He lives in Wilmington with his wife, Cherie, and is currently working towards a Masters in History at UNC-Wilmington.
Federal Point Historic Preservation Society
Events Calendar, Fall 2012
• Monday, November 19, 2012: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Author and local historian Jack Fryar will join us to talk about the Yellow Fever epidemic that hit Wilmington in 1862. Did the blockade runner Kate bring the disease? How did the city cope? A Confederate soldier described the scene in a letter to his mother: “The reported appearance of this deadly contagion… created a tremendous panic in the city. The citizens were leaving by scores and hundreds in every manner of conveyance that could be obtained.”
All programs are free and open to the general public. They are held at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.) Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more information call: 910-458-0502. www.federalpointhistory.org
You’re invited to Join Us! The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society will be holding its annual conference October 5-7 here on Federal Point. The focus will primarily be on the Federal Point Lighthouse and Price’s Creek Light. OBLHS Annual Keepers’ Weekend Itinerary October 5-7, 2012 (schedule subject to change) OBLHS has visited the Cape Fear area surrounding Southport only once. This region is steeped in Civil War history including the importance that lighthouses played during this time. We are fortunate to have been given permission by the Archer Daniels Midland Corporation to visit Price’s Creek Front Range Lighthouse which rests on their private property. They do not grant permission freely and we are one, if not the only, organization they have given permission to visit. This can be done only by boat. You will learn more details of the trip below. We have some wonderful entertaining speakers and activities planned for the weekend and hope that you will join us!
• Friday, Oct. 5. 1:00 PM: Nathan Henry will talk about the excavation of the Federal Point Lighthouse at the Underwater Archaeological Lab.
2:00: Jim Steele will meet our group at the site of the Federal Point Lighthouse
2:30: Ray Flowers will lead a walk of the Fort Fisher Historic Site grounds. 5:15: Winner Boat Princess II in Carolina Beach for a dinner cruise! We will be guided down the Cape Fear River by Leslie Bright. During this time we may roam the ship’s decks and still be able to hear Leslie’s tales and history. You may wish to visit the Keepers’ Store and view silent auction items and gift baskets at this time as well.
6:30(ish): We will have a brief members’ meeting on the dining deck. We will have our raffle drawing and the giving of awards before dinner which will be followed by a short and lively auction of several wonderful mementoes of the area and of OBLHS. Winners of the silent auction will be named.
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