Picture yourself walking down streets lined with majestic oaks and Victorian style homes and cottages, the refreshing sea breeze on your face, the sound of ships passing by taking you back to into times of yesteryear. Now open your eyes... Welcome to Southport, North Carolina; known as one of the most charming, historic waterfront towns on the Carolina coast. This coastal gem, filled with romance and character, is located where the mouth of the Cape Fear River intersects with the Intercostal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to approximately 3,000 year-round residents. With its rich history, picturesque scenery, tranquil lifestyle, and charming townspeople- it’s easy to see why Southport, NC turns many vacationers into locals.
Southport’s authentic southern community takes pride in preserving its rich history and culture, extending even to its Live Oak Trees and beautiful Victorian style homes and cottages. Southport is listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of its deep roots in history. Originally founded as Smithville, Southport’s history dates back to the mid 1700’s. The Indian Trail Tree in Keziah Memorial Park, which was used by the Cape Fear area Native Americans as a landmark, is estimated to be over 800 years old. Pirates such as Blackbeard and Stead Bonnet used Southport as a hide out. Stead Bonnet was even captured in the harbor during the “Battle of the Sand Bar in 1718. Fort Johnson was constructed in 1749 to serve as a protective harbor for sea-going craft, defending upriver settlements like Wilmington during the Civil War. This small southern town became home to many military members, river pilots, traders, and fishermen.
Although a laidback and luxurious lifestyle exists, Southport, NC is still a very active city. With its unique boutiques and antique shops, art galleries that support local artists, diverse restaurants, Maritime Museum, easy access to 3 bodies of water, 28 miles of beaches holding several lighthouses- there is something to do for people of all ages. Once known as a busy seaport in colonial times, Southport remains as one of the few active fishing villages in North Carolina. Local Markets carry the legendary “Brunswick catches” and many of the dockside restaurants feature fresh, local catches right from their “backyard”. Are you lacking a boat? That’s not a problem! There are several boat charters, as well as kayak and canoe rental services available. Cross the Cape Fear River by taking the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry which you can drive on, take your bike, or even walk across. With year-round activities like fishing and golf, the low cost of living, and a relaxed beach lifestyle within a community rich with history- it’s no wonder why Southport is one of the most desirable places in the United States to retire.
Southport believes in celebrating with the families it holds and continuing the old fashioned, authentic charm that is engraved within the streets. With celebrations such as the NC Fourth of July Festival, Southport Spring Festival, US Open King Mackerel Tournament, Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament, Christmas by the Sea Parade, Holly Days, and Holiday Flotilla you will find yourself celebrating every season with your neighbors.
Stunning scenery that has been featured in Motion Pictures and TV Films like Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, Crimes of the Heart, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Nicolas Sparks’ Safe Haven and A Walk to Remember are part of everyday life. Are you ready to make Southport your new home delight in the lifestyle this small southern town has to offer? If so see available homes and real estate by clicking on Southport NC Real Estate