Last week we had an amazing time filled with relaxation down in Carolina Beach, NC. One of the excursions that I’ve been wanting to take is the ferry ride from Ft. Fisher over to Southport.
We were also checking out Oak Island, so it was more of a scouting excursion to see what places we might like to visit again in the future.
Southport is located on the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s nestled amongst the salt marshes, which my husband and I happen to love. It was originally incorporated in 1792 and named Smithville and changed its name to Southport in 1887. It has a beautiful historic district and lots of large live oak trees. There have been many movies, documentaries, and tv series that have been filmed here.
A few that you may recognize which were listed in the brochure that I picked up are:
I Know What You Did Last Summer
A Walk To Remember
The Secret Life of Bees
And most recently: Safe Haven.
We didn’t have time for me to walk around and see all the homes. Keeping three teens entertained and hydrated in sweltering (and I mean oppressively hot!) heat was not an easy feat. We did walk along some of the historic area under the shade of the oak trees. I was taking photos of the beautiful historic homes along the way when my husband pointed out that this one was a bed and breakfast.
The historic plaque states that the home was settled in 1886. I read on the Inn’s website that it was one of the original 100 lots laid out by the city founders. It was built by Captain Walker Newton, who was a renowned river pilot of the time.
I imagine over the 130 years of sweltering summers that there have been many sweet teas sipped and stories swapped while sitting in the shade of that front porch.
I later learned that there was a Marsh Walk where we could have walked along a boardwalk right through a salt marsh. We will definitely be visiting Southport again in our future beach trips.
This is part of Thursday Doors, hosted each week by Norm 2.0. You can see more doors here.
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