A Trip to the Coast

Last week, my husband and I went down to Wrightsville Beach for a wedding. Right before we left, I was reading through my grandfather, Richard Harvey Wright Jr.’s archives and found a letter about a trip he and his family took to Wrightsville Beach in 1930.

I had to laugh at how particular my grandmother was.

Inserted in the correspondence was a map of Wrightsville Beach during the early years. Notice how there was an Ocean Avenue at one point. But no longer.

Moore’s Inlet made the island much smaller than it is today.

In the 1930’s there were no cars on the beach. Everyone had to park their car on the mainland and take a trolley over to the beach. The first trolley stop was right where the Trolley Stop hot dog place is today.

There were seven trolley stops in all. Today, markers have been created to let us know what would be found at each stop.

Trolley stop seven would drop people off for the Lumina, one of the hottest spots on the East Coast for listening and dancing to some of biggest bands in the country.

One of the coolest places we visited last week, was the museum found on Harbor Island. It is definitely worth a trip inside to discover what life was like when my grandparents came in the 1900’s.


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