Cape Fear Rising: Exploration, Settlement and Early Days

Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Jr.

Tuesday, June 10
6:30 p.m.

 Join Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., associate professor in the Department of History at UNC Wilmington, for a conversation about the exploration, settlement, and early days in the Lower Cape Fear, circa 1662-1776. The presentation will look at the exploration and settlement of the region by William Hilton and a group of Puritans from New England and later a party of English from Barbados, the founding of the first Charlestowne in Carolina, the establishment of the first enduring community at Brunswick on the Cape Fear River, and the emergence of the rival town of Wilmington further upstream.


Admission: $5

Seating is limited, so advance registration is recommended.

 About the speaker

Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. is a native Wilmingtonian with a lifelong interest in American Civil War, North Carolina, Lower Cape Fear, and Southern history. After receiving his B.A. in anthropology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1978, Fonvielle served as the last curator of the Blockade Runners of the Confederacy Museum, 1979-1983. He subsequently received his M.A. in American history at East Carolina University, under the direction of Dr. William N. Still, Jr., and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with noted Civil War historian Dr. Thomas L. Connelly. Dr. Fonvielle returned to his undergraduate alma mater at UNCW in 1996, where he teaches courses on the Civil War, Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear, the Old South, and Antebellum America. His in-depth research focuses on Civil War coastal operations and defenses, blockade running, and the navies. He has published books and articles on the Civil War in North Carolina, including The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope, Faces of Fort Fisher, 1861-1864, and Fort Fisher 1865: The Photographs of T.H. O’Sullivan.


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