Carolina Beach Walk of Fame: John W. Plummer

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 11 February 2015 05:00

Continuing our feature for those recognized in the Walk of Fames first 10, we would like to introduce John W. Plummer, the first mayor of Carolina Beach. Mr. Plummer was the lessee of Carolina Beach in 1923 and managed the pavilion and amusements for the summer season that year.  
In business he started out with a soft drink stand that grew to be a general store on the boardwalk that was in operation for many years.  Plummer’s Store also housed the first post office in 1927 with Mrs.  Plummer as the first post mistress.
John W. Plummer was named as one of three commissioners when State Representative J. E. L. “Hi Buddy” Wade introduced a bill of incorporation for Carolina Beach in the North Carolina House of on February 25, 1925. He was elected mayor and Commissioner of Public Safety on September 5, 1925, the day the town became incorporated and served a second term from May 11, 1927 to April 1, 1929.
The Plummers continued to run their store with their son Robert Plummer who took over after their deaths.  Robert was elected president of the first Carolina Beach Chamber of Commerce in 1939.  His daughter and John’s granddaughter, Ann Plummer Corr and her husband Bill, retired to the area several years ago and still own property on the beach.
The “Walk of Fame” committee along side of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society recognized 10 people who have made a tangible and lasting contribution to the Town of Carolina Beach through outstanding leadership and service.  
Each year 5 more people will be chosen for this award by letters of nomination with their contributions to the town. Throughout the year there will be fundraisers and will be accepting donations for next years recipients.
For the next few weeks the Gazette will spotlight each recipient and more about their impacts on the Island.

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