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Southport is a small seaside village whose rich history began as early as 1754, when Fort Johnston was built. In 1792, it was incorporated as the town of Smithville, but in 1887, with their busy fishing village growing, the citizens decided to rename it Southport in hopes it would bring a port to their town. Much to their disappointment, however, the port was located in Wilmington. In 1954, Hurricane Hazel made landfall, and the storm surge delivered to Southport was the greatest in North Carolina's recorded history. Like most seaside villages, Southport recovered and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places today. Observing Independence Day since 1795, Southport annually hosts the official North Carolina Fourth of July celebration.
ISBN: 9780738592336
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 199
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Sharon Claudette Smith was born and raised in Southport. She is a freelance writer who enjoys international travel, writing, and reading. Sherry Monahan is the author of six books, including Arcadia Publishing's Images of America: Pikes Peak: Adventurers, Communities, and Lifestyles; Images of America: Apex; and Images of America: Cary. She is a genealogist, has appeared on the History Channel, and writes a monthly magazine column.
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