Historic photo from 1887


Beach accessibility was improved with the completion of Shell Road and Wrightsville Beach avenue leading to the end of the Intracoastal Waterway. Wilmington Seacoast Railroad Co. built rail transportation, and train service started with "The Beach Car" from downtown Wilmington to "The Hammocks" Harbor Island. 25 round trips were made per day.


The rail line was extended across the Hammocks and onto the barrier island, later known as Wrightsville Beach. The rail ran southward along a route which is now South Lumina Avenue. The end of the beach car line was Lumina Pavilion.

Crystal Pier
Wrightsville Beach in 1899


Town of Wrightsville Beach is incorporated.


Lumina opens for the first time. Lumina Pavilion was built by Tidewater Power Co. and turned into the popular entertainment site with dancing, sports contests.

Lumina Pavilion 1905
Lumina Pavilion in 1934


The Great Fire of 1934 destroyed over 100 buildings on the Island, including the Oceanic Hotel. Lumina Pavilion remained untouched.


The Crystal Pier was first built, originally named The Mira Mar by Floyd Cox and was the longest pier on the eastern seaboard at 1,000 feet.

Men fishing on the Crystal Pier in 1939
The Fish House in 1940


Mike Zezefellis bought the pier from the original Hutaff family and started serving food at the Fish House.


Crystal Restaurant and pier sold to George and Nick Fokakis – Fish House changed to Crystal Restaurant.

Crystal Restaurant in 1974
Crystal Restautant


After the Crystal Restaurant was torn down and was rebuilt to be a three-story restaurant, it is sold to Monica and Don Watson.


Save the Pier! LM Restaurants funded the rebuilding of the Crystal Pier to reopen the pier to the community as a public fishing pier. Allowed for public access to the water and fishing.

Crystal Pier photo in 2013


Following Hurricane Florence, the Oceanic Restaurant on Wrightsville Beach has been re-imagined and opened once again.