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Southport is a small seaside village that will take you back in time with its laidback atmosphere and streets lined with live oak trees that are more than 200 years old. Whether you come to Southport for a day trip, an annual vacation or to relocate to the area, you will love the quaint feeling of this area.

Southport, founded in 1792 as Smithville, remains a small village rich in historic charm. In the hopes of becoming a southern port city because of its river and railroad transportation systems, the citizens of Smithville changed the name to Southport in 1887. Though the port ended up in nearby Wilmington, Southport still thrived with river steamer and railroad routes into the 1900s.

In addition to its history in the railroad and river steamer transportation industries, Southport was also one of the first places in North Carolina to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. Known as the "Fourth of July Capital of North Carolina," Southport began this tradition by offering military gun salutes as early as 1795 and fireworks as early as 1813. Southport is also home to the official North Carolina Fourth of July Festival, which was first presented in 1972 and today is a four-day annual event that is enjoyed by both residents and visitors.

Whether you travel to Southport via the scenic highway or by ferry, the coastal beauty found in this area will take your breath away. Once you are in Southport, you will find a variety of places to see and things to do. Whether you are interested in viewing nature, learning about history, shopping for antiques, or enjoying outdoor activities, you will love spending some time in Southport.

If it is nature activities that bring you to Southport, you may enjoy a kayak tour through area waters or a bicycle tour through the area. Many people enjoy visiting Waterfront Park, which offers the Historic Riverwalk trail that takes you along the unique waterfront area where the Cape Fear River meets up with the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. From this walkway, you can watch passing ships and other sea activity, and you can see Old Baldy Lighthouse and the Oak Island Lighthouse in the distance.

If you are a history buff, you will enjoy the fact that Southport is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Southport is full of beautiful old homes with unique architecture, many of which belonged to river pilots and possibly even some pirates of the past. Historic cemeteries found throughout Southport offer an additional peek into the past.

While you are visiting historic sites of Southport, you won't want to miss The Indian Trail Tree, which is a tree in Keziah Park that is more than 800 years old and was used by Cape Fear area Indians. Another popular site is Bonnet's Creek, which was a safe haven for The Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet in the 1700s. If you are interested in maritime history, you will enjoy a stop at the North Carolina Maritime Museum of Southport. If you want to learn more about the history of Southport, self-guided walking tours are a great way to view all of the unique historic sites while you enjoy the surrounding beauty.

If shopping for antiques and collectibles is what brings you to Southport, you will find approximately 15 antique shops that offer items from more than 75 dealers! A variety of other specialty shops are also located in Southport. Local art galleries can also be found along the streets of Southport, if you would prefer to purchase a handcrafted local item or painting. When you are finished shopping for the day, you can enjoy a relaxing meal at one of Southport's numerous restaurants, many of which are located along the waterfront or yacht basin.

Because of the mild temperatures and cool ocean breezes found in Southport, activities of golfing, boating and fishing can be enjoyed year-round. A variety of excellent area golf courses and exciting fishing charters found in Southport will give you a great outdoor experience.

Southport is home to nearly 2,600 year-round residents who enjoy the friendly atmosphere and quiet living it has to offer. The casual community of Southport offers some of the most exclusive homes in the area, a downtown area and commercial district, an excellent nearby medical hospital and a convenient location halfway between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. Rand McNally and Kiplinger ranked Southport as one of the most desirable places to retire in the United States, and many people who visit Southport each year never want to leave.

For more information about purchasing a home in Southport, contact Cape Fear Realty today!

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