Created By: Southport Historical Society
Welcome to Southport, NC
The city overlooks the Cape Fear River as it flows to the Atlantic Ocean. Southport has long been known for its refreshing breezes and a relaxed way of life. Our signature live oak trees and historical structures further enhance the charm of the city, which was established in 1792.
The earliest French and Spanish explorers visited this area in 1524 and 1526. The English arrived and settled along the river in the mid 1600's. Fort Johnston was established as a British fort in 1745
Originally named Smithville, after Benjamin Smith, a Continental general during the Revolution, who later became the governor of North Carolina, Smithville was changed to the name of Southport in 1887.