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




Dr. John Humphries

Professor of the Humanities, Retired

Wilmington, North Carolina


Howard Talley, III

Comptroller and Historian

Masonboro Sound, North Carolina

Vice Chair

Alexander McAllister Cheek

Historian, Southern Culture and Heritage.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina


James Issac Metts, J.D.

Historic Preservationist, Retired Insurance Executive

Hampstead, North Carolina

Dr. Kearney Smith

Professor of English, Writer, Poet.

Burnsville, North Carolina

Dr. Clyde N. Wilson

Distinguished Author and Professor of History,

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

Columbia, South Carolina

Hank Estep

Civic Leader, Cultural Activist, Insurance Executive

Wilmington, North Carolina

Leonard M. Smith, Jr.

Philanthropist, Adventurist, Bon Vivant

Wilmington, North Carolina



A d m i n i s t r a t i o n:


Archer N. Bledsoe

Wilmington, North Carolina
Executive Director

Maxine W. Sembley