Blockade Runner Beach Resort
The former mayor of Wrightsville Beach, Mr. Michael Brown, had known that the beach would never make a comeback without a large hotel. He negotiated a deal with Lawrence Lewis, president of East Coast Hotel Company of Richmond Virginia. Using the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Brown purchased the former Ocean Terrace site from the town for $40,000 and in turn deeded the site to Mr. Lewis.
The Blockade Runner Motor Hotel opened on March 22, 1964. It had one hundred and twenty guest rooms, each overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or Banks Channel. Due to the tremendous business that the Blockade Runner enjoyed, the owner was compelled to expand the property after just one year. Mr. Lewis sold the hotel in 1971 to Four Seasons Management Services, Inc., a group of doctors headed by Dr. Joseph Baggett of Fayetteville.