Mission Statement:

"To advance through research, education and symposia, an increased public awareness of the Cape Fear region's unique history."

Cape Fear Historical Institute


Board of Directors



James Issac Metts

Historic Preservationist, Retired Insurance Executive

Hampstead, North Carolina


Dr. John Humphries

Retired Professor of the Humanities

Wilmington, North Carolina

Vice Chair

Dr. Kearney Smith

Writer, Poet, Distinguished Professor of English.

Burnsville, North Carolina


Alexander McAllister Cheek

Historian of Southern Culture and Heritage.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Dr. Clyde N. Wilson

Distinguished Author and Professor of History,

University of South Carolina; Editor, John C. Calhoun Papers

Columbia, South Carolina

Dr. Timothy R. Wyatt

Historian, Geotechnical Engineer, Environmental Law.

Stoneville, North Carolina

Howard Talley, III

Comptroller and Historian

Wilmington, North Carolina

Hank Estep

Civic Leader and Cultural Activist

Wilmington, North Carolina

Leonard M. Smith, Jr.

Philanthropist, Adventurist, Bon Vivant

Wilmington, North Carolina



I n s t i t u t e   A d m i n i s t r a t i o n:


Bernhard Thuersam

Wilmington, North Carolina
Executive Director and Editor

Tamara Lee Richards