Calabash North Carolina North

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ATLANTIC BEACH

 

AVON BEACH

 

BALDHEAD ISLAND

 

BEAUFORT

 

BUXTON

 

CALABASH

 

CAROLINA BEACH

 

CAROVA

 

CASWELL BEACH

 

CEDAR ISLAND

 

COROLLA BEACH

 

DUCK

 

EMERALD ISLE

 

FORT FISHER

 

FRISCO

 

HAMMOCKS BEACH

 

HATTERAS

 

HOLDEN BEACH

 

INDIAN BEACH

 

KILL DEVIL HILLS

 

KITTY HAWK

 

KURE BEACH

 

NAGS HEAD

 

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH

 

OAK ISLAND

 

OCEAN ISLE BEACH

 

OCRACOKE

 

PEA ISLAND

 

PINE KNOLL SHORES

 

ROANOKE ISLAND

 

RODANTHE

 

SALVO

 

SANDERLING

 

SHALLOTTE

 

SOUTHERN SHORES

 

SOUTHPORT

 

SUNSET BEACH

 

SURF CITY

 

TOPSAIL BEACH

 

TOPSAIL ISLAND

 

WAVES

 

WILMINGTON

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH

 

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Calabash North Carolina lies at the southern most point, on the coast of North Carolina, in Brunswick County lies Calabash . Legend has it that the Calabash River and subsequently the town are named for the Calabash gourd, which grew wild throughout the area.

 

This small port adorned by large oaks has become synonymous with a particular style of cooking. Seafood, prepared what has become known as “Calabash-style,” was always a local way of "fixin" fish but did not become a widely known style until the 1930s.

Sometime in the late 40’s and 50’s, Calabash became known for its seafood and was dubbed the “Seafood Capital of the World” . A accurate label since it has about one seafood restaurant per 10 residents.

 

No one agrees on who opened the first "fish camp" at Calabash, the Beck's or the Coleman's. In the 1930s, both families were having outdoor oyster roasts. Both had moved inside by 1940 and had begun preparing what is now the famous fried seafood calabash recipes.

 

In the 1940, a frequent visitor to Lucy Coleman’s restaurant was the famous entertainer Jimmy Durante. Lucy Coleman remembers Durante always jokingly called her Mrs. Calabash. Before leaving, Jimmy Durante promised Lucy he would make her famous and, not long after, he began signing off his radio program with “Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”

 

Calabash NC grew more popular locally, and soon more restaurants opened to feed the increasing amount of customers. By the 1960s, large crowds from nearby resort town Myrtle Beach were coming to the Calabash restaurants nightly to enjoy Calabash food . Soon Calabash attracted national attention and restaurants across the South began advertising their Calabash-style seafood. The original Calabash style fish camp is gone. but the Calabash NC restaurants still serve of the best seafood to be found.

 

Calabash NC is a part of a 48,000 acre grant that was made to Landgrave Thomas Smith in 1691. It was originally considered to be part of Little River South Carolina until 1735. Early settlers into the area came from New England and Charleston, SC.

 

One settler, named Nicholas Frink came to the area around 1735. Later his grandson, Samuel Frink, became a major plantation owner. The “Boundary House”, with the provinces line running down the middle, existed prior to 1750. It was built by twenty-four gentlemen, twelve from each province as a place of rendezvous for travelers.

Another settler, Issac Marion, brother of Francis Marion, was serving a Justice of the Peace at the Boundary House, when a dispatch rider delivered the message of the “shots heard around the world”. During the late 1700’s, the Altson family owned most of the present day Calabash at Little River Neck.

 

In the late 1800’s the area was called Pea Landing because of growing and shipping of peanuts to Wilmington. Sometime in 1883, the village requested a post office. A requirement on the application was for a name for the proposed post office, Calabash was selected. Around 1890, Samuel Thomas purchased “Hickory Hall Plantation”, which was later passed on to the Thomas family. Their descendents presently live in Calabash.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 Carolina Coastal Living 2014