American Revolutionary Living History Exhibit
July 2  from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn
Event of Tryon County Militia of NC

The Port of Wilmington is growing and so are the possibilities. To offer customers the highest level of efficiency, NC Ports will welcome two neo-Panamax cranes. Along with the Authority’s berth enhancement projects, the new cranes will allow the Port of Wilmington to accommodate two ultra-Panamax vessels side-by-side in a two-berth operation. Approved by the North Carolina General Assembly, this acquisition is part of the Port Authority’s $200 million investment in infrastructure, NC Ports’ customers and the North Carolina economy.

The cranes are currently scheduled to transit up the Cape Fear River on March 29, passing Southport around 8 am. All are welcome to come watch this milestone event.  For up to date information, check this site out,

The cranes pass the Garrison House.

Success!  Take a look at how nice we look.  Thank you to the 150+ volunteers that helped make Southport beautiful!



The brick walkway in front of the Fort Johnston Garrison House, heading toward the public bathrooms and the parking area on Davis Street, has been rerouted and repaired. Memorial bricks sold by the Southport Historical Society line the walkway. The concrete sidewalk now continues from the parking area to the bathrooms. Work was done in partnership with the Public Works Department and the Southport Historical Society.

A special thank you to Mark, David, Addison, George and Jody for a wonderful job.

The last brick is in!






Mayor J.V. Dove proclaimed December 31, 2017, the 225th Anniversary Day of the Smithville Town Charter in the City of Southport, North Carolina.  In celebration, the Southport Historical Society held a 1792 Charter Day Commemoration in the Fort Johnston Garrison House.