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What happened to the Dixie Pig drive-in on Carolina Beach Road?

Amanda Lisk

Two Dixie Pig barbecue restaurants stood in Wilmington between the 1940s and early 1970s. Dixie Pig “number one” was at 3042 Carolina Beach Road, about where the ABC store sits today. Dixie Pig “number two” was at 5213 Oleander Drive, a few blocks from Flip’s Barbecue. It was owned by Joseph and Mildred Hines, who later turned it into the famous Mil-Jo drive-in, then Joe’s BBQ Barn, and then sold it and retired. To read more about the Oleander Drive Dixie Pig “number two,” click here and click here.

Very little is said about the Carolina Beach Road Dixie Pig “number one.” Joe Sheppard with the North Carolina Room at the New Hanover County Library did track down some handwritten notes on index cards.

Sheppard said Dixie Pig “number one” opened in 1941 and was operated by James Willford Jackson. When Jackson passed away, it appears his wife, Mrs. Nellie Jackson, became the operator of the Dixie Pig. She turned it into a Dixie Pig drive-in. It was next to the drive-in movie theater on Carolina Beach Road and Henson Oil Company, according to a 1950s Wilmington directory. In 1973, it was robbed and the owners were left for dead, says one of the index cards Sheppard found. The card does not indicate whether it was Mrs. Jackson who died in the robbery. The Carolina Beach Road Dixie Pig closed in the early 1980s and the ABC store is believed to be in the same spot or near to the location.

Wilmington Star News “Back Then” columnist Scott Nunn has fond memories of Dixie Pig “number one.” “I remember the Dixie Pig on Carolina Beach Road quite well. Even ate there with my parents a few times in the 1970s,” he said.

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One Response to “ What happened to the Dixie Pig drive-in on Carolina Beach Road?”

  1. On August 5, 2017 at 9:58 am Glenda Hugi wrote:

    This restaurant was owned and operated by my aunt and uncle J Wilford Jackson and Nellie Jackson. Nellie was alive and well and was residing in Dowling park Florida until her passing just a few days ago on August 2, 2017. She would have been 100 years old this year on her next birthday 12/17/1917

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