Enjoy beer and wine on the Old Baldy grounds while having an intimate Curator tour of The Smith Island Museum of History. History Happy Hour will take place on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 4:30- 6 pm. Each month will explore a different topic of Bald Head Island History. Included in your reservation is admission into the Museum along with beer and wine. Spots are limited!


Wednesday, November 21st PALMETTO ISLAND

You know the island as Bald Head, and probably heard of Smith Island, but are you familiar with Palmetto Island?  November’s Historic Happy Hour will explore the Roaring Twenties when Bald Head was known as Palmetto Island under the ownership of Thomas Franklin Boyd.

            In 1914, Boyd purchased Bald Head for $45,000, envisioning a world-class resort like the burgeoning towns of Wrightsville and Carolina Beach.  Under Boyd, Bald Head welcomed its first modern tourists seeking the island’s quiet repose. Although hurricanes and the Great Depression destroyed Boyd’s dreams, his legacy is preserved by the Old Baldy Foundation through the photographs, correspondence, and ephemera left behind.  

The evening will conclude by showing the 1917 black-and-white, silent film depicting Bald Head Island before development. Produced by the British Pathe News, the film is a one-of-a-kind glimpse into an uninhabited Bald Head Island. 

Join the Old Baldy Foundation on Wednesday, November 21st, from 4:30-6pm pm for a historic happy hour exploring Palmetto Island.