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MOVING HISTORY THE WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM OF HISTORY is making
plans to move the Ewing-Bordeaux Cottage from 405 North
Lumina Avenue to the town’s historic square. The square
contains three rescued cottages now: the Wrightsville Beach
Museum of History, the visitors center, and the southeast office for the
North Carolina Coastal Federation.
Built in 1924, the Ewing-Bordeaux cottage was one of six homes to
survive the Great Fire of 1934. While the other five houses have been
either moved or destroyed, the cottage stands in its original location as
the oldest surviving cottage in Wrightsville Beach.
Donated by new owners Chris and Deb Strickland, who will build
on the site, the home is important to preserve, says Madeline Flagler,
director of the museum. Flagler describes it is a “gem of local vernacular
architecture.” She says it provides a unique glimpse into the history of
Wrightsville. The museum plans to use it for interactive exhibits and to
house an expanded Waterman Hall of Fame.
A campaign is planned for later this summer to raise the nearly $200,000 it will cost to move and restore the cottage. Flagler says
she hopes the move will occur before February 2018.
Flagler says the project will allow a piece of the town’s past to be permanently restored and placed to good use as an arm of the
Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. — Annie Stevens
The Ewing-Bordeaux Cottage is moving to Wrightsville’s
SNEW RULES COULD IMPACT SHRIMP INDUSTRY AMMY CORBETT has managed to make a living as a fisherman for all of his adult life. During a recent interview (“A Fisherman’s
Life,” page 58), Wrightsville Beach Magazine asked whether he was optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the industry.
“I’ll let you know when we find out what happens with the shrimp petition,” he said.
The shrimp petition is a measure adopted by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission, which Corbett chairs, that
would, among other things, limit trawling to three days a week, reduce the size of nets, and eliminate night trawling.
Proponents say the measure will reduce bycatch and protect juvenile species. Opponents say it will kill the state’s shrimping industry.
SHAO sRhTr iCmuplt ipneet ihtieorne .adopted by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission
is in the midst of a 16-step process to study its economic impact.
Corbett, who voted against the measure,
is among the latter.
“A man called me a couple of weeks
ago, he’s married now and has two young
children,” he says. “He said, ‘I want to buy
a house. But if these rules come into place,
I’m not going to be able to pay for this
The petition has a long way to go before
enactment. Corbett says it’s in the midst
of a 16-step process to study the economic
impact. It likely will end up back in the hands
of the commission for further modification.
— Simon Gonzalez
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