Luncheon Archives2019-05-01T12:19:41-04:00

Commerce and Conflict; Wilmington, Fort Fisher and Blockade Running During the Civil War

​​The Historical Society of Topsail Island (HSTI) invites you to lunch with our exciting speaker, John William Morris III, MA, RPA (aka Billy Ray) at our April Luncheon.  Morris explores Wilmington during the American Civil War, one of the most important ports in the Confederacy.  With two approaches into the Cape Fear River Wilmington rapidly became the pivotal port for the importation of supplies and munitions for the Army of Northern Virginia. The Underwater [...]

THE BIG DIG: A History of the Intracoastal Waterway in New Hanover County

Join Us Thursday March 9th from 11:30am to 1:00pm at The Historic Assembly Building ​Want to know more about how the Intracoastal Waterway made its way through North Carolina?  Join HSTI and Elaine B. Henson for "The Big Dig: A History of the Intracoastal Waterway in New Hanover County".  Lunch, catered by The Beach Shop and Grill will be corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, salad, rolls, dessert and tea.  There is no charge [...]

What Happened to the Lost Colony?

What Happened to the Lost Colony? Join David LaVere, Ph.D. from the North Carolina Humanities Council at the Historical Society of Topsail Island's February Luncheon to explore this mystery!    ​ Catered by the Beach Shop and Grill- So you know lunch will be great!  Penne Pasta with Meatballs, salad, rolls, dessert and tea.  Space is limited so be sure to Register Soon! Register Now! ​The Lost Colony is one of the great NC mysteries. [...]

A Tale of Two Sarahs – March 2016 Luncheon

The 18th century was not an easy time to be an indentured servant. Meet two women who refused to accept their lot in life and forged their own destinies through cunning, lies and deception. ​Learn about the characters and cultures that populated Tryon Palace and the surrounding areas of New Bern throughout history. If you have toured Tryon Palace you may be familiar with topics like the Stanly family and 18th-century dining culture, but these [...]

March Luncheon

The March luncheon of the Historical Society of Topsail Island will be held at the Assembly Building on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 11:30 AM.  Mr. Matt Arthur, Living History Program Coordinator at Tryon Palace, will share the history of indentured servants in NC during the late 17th and 18th centuries. ​ Lunch, prepared by The Beach Shop, will include: Corned Beef with Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots Salad, rolls, dessert and tea Remember that reservations are required for the luncheon.  There is no charge for attending the [...]

February 2016 speaker: Mayor Eulis Willis

Mayor Eulis Willis has served over 36 years within the town council with the last 14 years as Mayor. Four year term starting 2013 through 2017.  The February luncheon of the Historical Society of Topsail Island will be held at the Assembly Building on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 11:30 AM. The Mayor of Navassa, Mr. Eulis Willis, who attended and spoke at our 2015 meeting on the Gullah/Geechee Corridor, will discuss the history of [...]

Mission Statement:

The Historical Society of Topsail Island is dedicated to the collection, preservation and promotion of the history of the Greater Topsail Island area.

Preserving the Past, Enjoying the Present, Building the Future.