Founded in 1989, The Historical Society of Topsail Island preserves and interprets artifacts, photos, and documents concerning the fascinating history of Topsail Island for the education and enjoyment of the public. Monthly luncheons, seminars, The Jingle Bell Ball, the Autumn with Topsail Festival, and Bingo are only a few of the great activities that they offer.
The TIHS also operates the Missiles & More Museum with exhibits that focus primarily on Operation Bumblebee, the secret US missiles testing project that operated on the island during the 1940’s and on nearby Camp Davis where soldiers practiced antiaircraft firing. The museum is housed in the Assembly Building where many of the tested missiles were actually developed and built. Other exhibits interpret early Native American life on the island, the growth of the area as a vacation spot after government occupation, and the natural history of the island. The Museum also features new exhibits including a Pirate Exhibit and an Osprey Aircraft Exhibit.