Southport, NC History

Come visit Southport and step back in time, when pirates ruled the seas and maidens stood watch at one of our many lighthouses that dot the landscape. History is rich here in Southport, located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. History buffs will be in their element with a stay in Southport. Take a walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers who protected settlements inland. Stand under a majestic oak tree that likely was a seedling back when many of the artifacts at our Maritime Museum were in fine working order. Stroll the streets of a true Old South downtown district – and discover the magic that sets Southport apart from any other city in the region.

Bordered by the sea and the river, our little world here revolves around the water. It's life on the sea as it used to be. Southport is a nautical paradise, with fishing vessels and sprawling piers beckoning anglers of all ages. Wherever the tide winds, it seems to take with it the stresses and pace of regular city life. Hop a ride on the Bald Head Ferry and explore 10,000 acres of pristine beach, marsh and maritime forest preserves, where Old Baldy lighthouse stands in defense of all that is good in Southport. And in Southport, all of it is good.