Stede Bonnet's 300th Anniversary Commemoration
Address: 204 E Moore Street , Southport, NC 28461
It has been 300 years since Stede Bonnet plied the waters of the Cape Fear. Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport and the City of Southport, along with pirate reenactors, the Loose Cannons and the Vigilant Crew, as we commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Battle of the Sandbars, the capture and the eventual hanging of Stede Bonnet. Well known as the Gentleman Pirate, Stede Bonnet terrorized commerce, and left an indelible mark on the imaginations of people for generations. There will be hands on activities, historic interpretation, and merriment suitable for all ages.
On Friday night, Party like a pirate at the Gentleman Pirate Tricentennial Dinner & Grog with Buccaneers. This catered event with sea shanties, a keynote address, and delicious victuals served up by the best galley around! Refreshments and music begin at 5:30 p.m. with keynote and dinner at 6:30 p.m. All in the name of piracy, proceeds from this event go to help educational programming at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport. Appropriate for adults only. Call the museum for pricing and to register.
On Saturday and Sunday, two full days of piracy will entertain, educate, and engross all ages. Join the Stede Bonnet 300th Living History Program: Hanging of Stede Bonnet and dress like a pirate, learn about life aboard vessel, and meet a few dashing swashbucklers. Don’t forget Stede’s demise on Sunday as we reenact the trial of the Gentleman pirate.