Southport Historical Society

The Southport Historical Society, with the support of the City of Southport, has reopened orders for the popular Commemorative Brick Program. Commemorative bricks may be purchased in memory or recognition of a person, organization, or event of personal significance. The new bricks will be laid in the walkway of Fort Johnston – Southport Museum and Visitors’ Center on the historic Southport waterfront.

Orders for personalized bricks will be taken through November 30.
Placement of the newly ordered bricks will be completed by Memorial Day.

The Southport Historical Society was organized in 1976 to preserve and interpret the unique history of Southport, North Carolina. Some of the programs initiated and supported by the society are:

• Sponsoring the annual Holiday Tour of Homes on the second Saturday each December.

• Identifying and installing plaques on historic buildings and properties.

• Operating and maintaining the extensive Susie Carson Online Research Room

• Provides historical memorabilia and displays for the Southport Museum and Visitors’ Center at historic Ft. Johnston

• Assisting in genealogical research.

• Conducting local history classes.

• Conducting lectures and special tours for school groups and other organizations and individuals.

• Providing visitor information and a self-guided tour brochure available online and at the Fort Johnston – Southport Museum and Visitors’ Center.

• Presenting public lectures on historical topics.

• Recording history through verbal and video interviews.

• Participating in NC State Regional Historic Site programs.

• Preserving and maintaining the “Old Jail” Museum and the Southport Museum at the Visitors’ Center.

• Performing “Living Voices of the Past” at the Old Smithville Burying Ground.

• Publishing and sale of books related to local history.

• Providing scholarships to deserving local college students.

• Placing historical markers throughout the City.

• Providing support to local organizations and projects working to preserve the history of Southport.

• Digitizing The State Port Pilot newspaper archives.

• Publishing our Newsletter, The Whittler’s Bench.

The Commemorative Brick Program is your chance to add your personalized support to help the Society continue to play an important role in keeping Southport’s history alive.

Please support the Southport Historical Society, as well as the City of Southport, while at the same time honoring a person, organization, place, a loved one or event of personal significance to you!

Any questions about this program, or the Society as a whole, can be directed to: or call us at 910-477-3461.

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