he town of 2,700 is a virtual treasure chest of seacoast life, antiques and photogenic scenery.
Several movies have been filmed here and it's a major stop on the Intracoastal Waterway for yachts
moving from northern ports to Florida.
Its history is rich with stories of
pirates and Confederate
blockade runners. The
area is home to two
Old Baldy, erected in
1817, the oldest in
North Carolina, and Oak
Island, the brightest
light in the United
You can see both
Waterfront Park, where
you can also watch large
oceangoing ships as they
head up the Cape Fear
River toward Wilmington.
With more than thirty golf courses in the county and nearly year-round golf weather, the area deserves
its nickname “North Carolina's Golf Coast.”
The one-mile walking tour of this charming and historic town takes you by twenty-five historic sites,
including parks, homes, churches, inns, forts and public buildings. Southport has several local art
galleries and a large art colony is located in nearby Wilmington.
Southport is a seafood lover's delight. The locally famous “Calabash” style of cooking seafood, especially
shrimp, originated in nearby Brunswick.
Newcomers who are looking for relaxation and retirement
opportunities, as well as younger people who wish to escape the stress and traffic of large city living, find
Southport offers many housing options.
Wilmington, only 45 minutes north, is a thriving city of nearly 100,000 that is known for a regional visual
and performing arts center, the University of North Carolina (13,000 students), a fine historic district,
and one of the largest motion picture and television studios outside of Hollywood.
Several lovely communities are nearby, attracting folks from everywhere.
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