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Soothing Southport

Posted October 3, 2005

I love this town. Southport sits at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. It quietly epitomizes Southern hospitality and charm. These photographs were taken near Waterfront Park where you can look across the water and see Bald Head Island and the Oak Island Lighthouse on Caswell Beach.

Handsome shops and restaurants line the streets in this former county seat of Brunswick County. I tried the Fishy Fishy Café this time and thoroughly enjoyed the meal and glorious sunset. Southport reminds a little bit of Beaufort with a touch of Wanchese. I like walking around the neighborhoods and taking photographs of the live oaks, flowers and people on side porches playing cards.

There are some 15 antique shops here. You’ll also enjoy the local maritime museum. Governor Mike Easley has a home in Southport. What a great place to relax and get away from the worries of governing the state! There’s some rich history in the sandy soil. Pirates of Southport fame include Stede Bonnet. He was the so-called Gentleman Pirate who was captured here during the Battle of the Sand Bar in 1718.

Southport will soothe you. I highly recommend it.

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