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Wrightsville Beach Museum of History 24 WBM february 2017 IN KEEPING with the place where most good stories start, the Wrightsville Beach Museum col-lection began in the kitchen. “That was such a draw to people,” says Madeline Flagler, executive direc-tor of the facility’s first exhibit. The museum is housed in the Myers Cottage, built around 1907 and moved from 124 South Lumina Avenue to its current location in the town’s historic square in 1995. The old cottage tells the history of the town by giving visitors a peek into the lives of people who lived and vacationed at the coast during the turn of the century. Flagler, who has been in charge of the museum and its exhibits since the summer of 2009 after spending nearly a decade as the director of the Bellamy Mansion, can tell visitors anything about the home and kitchen, from its col-lection of local ashtrays and menus from bygone restaurants, to the Civil War-era cannonballs that landed on shore nearby, possibly shot from the USS Florida, a wooden side-wheel steamship that blockaded the Carolina coast. Flagler’s personal his-tory with Wrightsville Beach comes from her days of visiting as a young girl on vacation Madeline Flagler’s exhibits at the Wrightsville Beach Museum are distributed among the rooms of the historic Myers Cottage, including the bedroom.


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