Old Photos Of Topsail Island, NC

I recently came across a few photos online at the surf city pier website recently, http://www.surfcityoceanpier.com.

Here are a few pictures of “Old Topsail Island” that are way interesting . . .

This is a picture of the Art Gallery and the original East Coast Tackle Shop located on Roland Avenue in Surf City. The art gallery building is now relocated to mainland Surf City on hwy 50 and is being used for storage. The East Coast building was damaged after two East Coast Sports, Surf City NChurricanes in the mid 90s, repaired and a few years later- demolished to make way for the current Fishing Village. The Fishing Village is also home to none other than East Coast Tackle Shop, now East Coast Sports. The original date of this photo is not known but appears to be 1970s.

The Barnacle Bill Fishing Pier, formerly located in Surf City. The pier house and restaurant, Dine Ashore was built from military buildings from the 1940s. The pier was a Barnacle Bill's, Surf City NCfavorite fishing spot for fisherman around the country but was destroyed after a hurricane in the mid 1990′s. Homes now sit where Barnacle’s used to sit however you can still see the pilings at the end of Dolphin Street in Surf City. The date is not known but looks to be early 1970s.

This picture is of Surf City from the air probably in the 1970s.

post_card_5The Surf City Pier with its Pier House being on the pier itself, as it was originally. And also take notice of all the vacant land!

This one looks to be in the 1960′s, in the area of Surf City Pier and the main Surf City beach access at the end of Roland Avenue.

Again, take note of the pier house on the pier itself.

This is an image from the town of Holly Ridge’s website, townofhollyridge.com. It is in the Camp Davis, Holly Ridge NC1940′s and shows Camp Davis, an Army base that swelled local population to the 100,000s!

Many original buildings on Topsail Island came from Camp Davis.

We will post another post soon that will show the same areas in present day, but you know things have changed alot!

Till next time!


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