Building a Collection: The Federal Point History Project 

View of the Federal Point History Center

*Open to all members* 


The project involves a working relationship between the Cape Fear Camera Club and the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society (FPHPS). Throughout future CFCC seasons, club members will assist FPHPS in its Digital Image Project (DIP) by digitally documenting the Federal Point area and helping to expand its archival collections.

The Federal Point Documentation Committee (FPDC):

CFCC members coordinating this project are Barbara Burnett, Gil Burnett and Robin Grotke. If you have any questions, or would like to share ideas about the project, please feel free to talk to any of our  FPDC members.

Where is Federal Point?

Federal Point is the large peninsula that divides the Cape Fear River from the Atlantic Ocean. Located south of Wilmington, North Carolina, it encompasses the Towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, Masonboro Township, Myrtle Grove,  as well as the unincorporated areas of Seabreeze and Monkey Junction.  Zeke's Island,  part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve, is also located in Federal Point .

Examples of Subjects to Photograph:

  • Portraits of residents and families (especially longtime residents);
  • Cottages, motels, and hotels;
  • Historic public buildings (exteriors/interiors);
  • Storm damage;
  • Local events (Parade of Lights, Chowder Festival, Farmer’s Market, etc.);
  • Landscapes, native plants, and animals;
  • Marinas and piers;
  • Businesses and portraits of business owners;
  • Fire and Police stations, NCDOT Ferry terminal, Ft. Fisher Recreation area, Fort Fisher Civil War Museum, and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher;
  • Parks, schools, churches, and cemeteries.

*When documenting Federal Point, please keep track of data, such as names of people, dates, locations, and names of events. 

Things to Consider:

For the most part, this project will not require obtaining permission to photograph Federal Point. 

However, if CFCC members go in groups to photograph certain areas, it is suggested to make a courtesy call beforehand to places such as the NCDOT Ferry Terminal and the Fort Fisher Civil War Museum. Further, if members are interested in photographing land that borders military property (e.g., the Federal Point Cemetery borders on MOTSU's land (Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point)), then a call to FPHPS (910.458.0502) should be made so that museum staff can notify Sunny Point about club member activities.  

While out and about, CFCC members may also want to consider informing staff in and around businesses and public buildings about the project before taking photos. This is a good opportunity to get to know members of the community and to share with them the work CFCC and FPHPS is doing.

Photo Consent and General Release Form:

When photographing people, it may be a good idea to carry photo release forms for individuals to sign. Click here ---> Photo Consent and General Release Form. There is also a phone app that may be worth checking out. Click here ---> iRelease


 Submissions of Digital Images to FPHPS:

  • Fill out the donation form. Click here ---> FPHPS Image Donation Form
  • Send it (you may scan it) to Rebecca Taylor, Museum Manager, at:
  • Include your digital image, sized with a resolution of at least 300 and with dimensions of about about 5000 x 4000.


To learn more about the FPHPS, please visit their site: Federal Point Historic Preservation Society

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