Arts & Humanities Lecture Series – History of Cape Fear – Part 1 of 3

January 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cape Fear – A Splendid Stage of American History with speaker Kevin Duffus.

$15/$20 per part. Tickets available at (Event Tickets) and

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.”

Part Two:  Lighthouses and Lifesaving at Cape Fear  /  Sunday, February 16, 2020-2:00 PM  /  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.

Part Three:  Cape Fear’s  Colorful Characters– Tax Evaders, Blockade Runners, Commandos, Dreamers, and Developers  /  Sunday, March 22, 2020– 2:00 PM  /  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.