Atlantic Beach History, Facts and Some Memories
If you would like to know some of the history of this part of the beach,
we hope you enjoy this page. Through the power of the Internet we may
some pictures and enlighten each other on some of the history of the
beach. Everyone has a story as the Circle in Atlantic Beach, NC has
touched a lot of lives through the years.
father, J. C. Sherrill Jr., owned and operated the amusement park from
a start in
1958 at the golf course on the front right hand corner, where
the bumper boats were the business which grew to include the entire “triangle”
– a triangle shaped lot where he operated and leased some of the
stands, rides and other concessions. From 1958 to early 1980’s,
my grandfather, JC Sherrill Sr., operated the golf course. The entire operation
was operated as Anchor Green Enterprises.
I have a lot of memories from this era as
my two younger sisters, aunts,
uncles, cousins and I grew up around the Circle. Funny, we all called it
“the lot” or “the place”. (The back part with the rides was “the lot”.) It
was a different time then… The beach was open for all and was a place for
families to bring the children during the summer. You felt safe and
everyone was decent, polite and seemed to look out for each other back
then. The beach was a place where you dressed up to go. And the town
provided free parking and lifeguards.
When the 70’s rolled in, the beach seamed to take a turn. With
the gas crisis, high interest rates and the Vietnam War, the beach began
to change. Rougher folks and alcohol pushed out the families and once
they left, they haven’t come back like it was in the 50’s
Dad never sold alcohol and most all of the parking was owned
by the Town of Atlantic Beach so he couldn’t control the crowd
as Jungleland, the other park in Pine Knoll Shores area, could.
I have seen a lot of comings and
goings and have a vivid memory of some
of the faces sounds and smells when I was growing up. Cotton candy,
popcorn, peanuts, candy apples, merry-go-round, bumper cars,
Tilt-a-Whirl, Ferris wheel, Paratrooper, Scrambler, Round Up,
Squirrel Cages… they are just a start.
Other main beach memories for me would be of The Embers Club, The
Big Surf, The Pavilion, Horton’s Motel and Mr. Horton’s
water works. He provided the water as a private company for the
town. Lookout after Easter as the pressure went down to a trickle!
Coral Sands Motel, John’s Motel, Gambles Motel, Davis Beachwear
and Beach Bingo are more places from “memory lane”.
I found the golf course was my
favorite place to work. We sold snow cones there. In order to get
the ice we would go to Morehead City or
Beaufort and buy a truck load of block ice from Carteret Quick
Freeze. These blocks of ice were about 3 ft tall, 1 ft deep and
about 5 ft long. We would try and go early due to the heat and the
traffic. (Remember the old draw bridge?) We would use ice tongs to
place these blocks in a large cooler. We then used ice picks to chip
off pieces to grind up to make snow cones. My how times have
I wish the Grove and the Town of Atlantic Beach the best of luck
in this new venture. Change is a coming. I know that it will be
new memories for future generations and families that come to the
place we all love.
Should you have any questions feel free to call me for further
details. I would be most happy to discuss anything you like. Remember,
at Total Comfort, your comfort is our commitment, and we are here
to serve you.
Mr. Fred Bunn (developer of the Grove) asked me why I bought the
Ferris wheel and what was I going to do with it? Where else could
we launch Total Comfort’s new website and get this kind of
prime time exposure?
Now you know whom to call for your comfort
needs. Thanks for visiting and sharing the memories.
J. Cecil Sherrill III