The port went further upstream to the City of Wilmington, but this entrepreneurial spirit is still alive and well today. The historic charm of this community will captivate you as you walk under a canopy of 200-year-old live oak trees, or stroll past majestic Victorian homes which once belonged to river pilots or even pirates.
Southport, like Wilmington, is one of few cities with a true downtown. Banks, antique & collectible shops, restaurants, and professional offices line the downtown commercial district. Just outside this district is one of the finest medical care facilities in our region, J.A. Dosher Memorial Hospital. A visit to our area is not complete without a day or two of walking through these antique and specialty shops. You may want to stop along the way for a leisurely lunch at an outside pub or restaurant along the waterfront, or take a historic tour of the city watching transoceanic vessels pass by at Waterfront Park. Also, the NC Maritime Museum is located in Southport.
The City of Southport also offers sailors, anglers and boaters a safe haven through the Southport Marina, Old Yacht Basin and City Pier. Besides boating, Southport is known for year-round golf and fishing. This is the community for people who truly know how to enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery. With a year-round population of about 2,600, there is still plenty of room for growth. Once you see this charming city, you too will fall in love and want to call it home.
Information provided by Southport Chamber of Commerce