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Air Force One lecture canceled; learn Ocean Isle's history instead

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Howie Franklin will be unable to present his lecture, “Stories from Air Force One,” at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach on May 13. Franklin will reschedule his talk at a later time.

Just in time, Fred David will present “History of Ocean Isle Beach: From 10,000 B.C. to Today.”

He will talk about his new CD, “The History of Ocean Isle Beach Driving Tour” and his upcoming book about Ocean Isle’s history. Learn true stories about men and women who lived at Ocean Isle Beach thousands of years ago.

David will also talk about Indians, explorers, pioneers, pirates, shipwrecks, plane crashes, and hurricanes on Ocean Isle. Find out about other area information such as the dance halls, Coast Guard Station, pavilion, airplane landing strip and the ferry.

Hear more true stories about cemeteries, sailing vessels, tombs, churches, and the spot where George Washington once stood. He will also talk about plantation owners, stagecoaches, dueling matches, yellow fever, salt mills, rice farming, liquor smuggling, circuit rider preachers and Revolutionary War and Civil War heroes from this area.

David is a permanent resident of Ocean Isle Beach. His family has lived within 45 miles of Ocean Isle Beach for 70 years. He is professor of management at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., and a textbook author. He was captain of the “Follow Me” fishing charter boat at Ocean Isle for 16 years and has scuba-dived most of the shipwrecks off Ocean Isle Beach. He reads and writes about history.

On lecture evenings, the museum opens at 6:30 for self-guided tours. The program starts at 7 p.m. Light refreshments are served. Museum admission includes lecture. Members are free. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is at 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach.

Spring hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior adults 60 and older, $6 students K-12 and college ID, and $4 preschool ages 3-5. Check www.museumofcc.org or call (910) 579-1016 for more information.