Programs & Events

July Programs

Walk on Wednesdaywalk on wednesday

July 2, 10 – 11 a.m.

"Fun on foot" is our mission. Once a month, The NC Maritime Museum at Southport brings educational and entertaining exercise to the Lower Cape Fear. Enjoy the outdoors and take pleasure in our "Salubrious Breezes," as we discover Southport's history, discussing the Shrimping & Menhaden industry, daring stories of blockade runners crossing the bar, pirates, pestilence, Hurricane Hazel and so much more. Tour meets at the Museum and lasts approximately an hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen. Bring a water bottle and prepare yourself for interactive walking. $5/ person. 204 East Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461. For further details call the Museum (910)457-0003 or

james and snake"NC Wild" - 2nd Saturday

July 12, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Go "Wild" with the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport as we examine the lives of our coastal creatures large and small. Learn how oysters are the maids of aquatic life, cleaning the rivers and oceans while they eat! Discover what happens to injured shore birds and what we can do to help. Take the afternoon and make fishy crafts in the classroom with educators. Artisans will be on the grounds of the museum, many with beach themed wares and always with handmade local creations! Program is free and open to the public. 204 East Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461.

"Paddy's Hollow: Sex and the Civil War" - 

Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program with Chris Fonvielle

July 15, 7 - 9 p.m.

The most scandalous topic of the year! Join the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport as we welcome Chris Fonvielle, Professor of History at UNCW, as he discusses the timeless topic of S E X. Did prostitutes really receive a new moniker because of General Joseph Hooker? Was pornography a new concept? Was it just sailors bringing diseases into town? And how many people know that Paddy's Hollow was more than a restaurant in Wilmington? Learn the answers to all the questions you were afraid to ask - with a Civil War flair!

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Lecture is free but donations are always welcome, call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register.

Sunset History Cruise Aboard the Scuba South II

July 18, Friday, 6:30 - 8 p.m. FILLED

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport invites you to join us aboard the 52' Scuba South II to enjoy wine, cheese, and sunset on an evening cruise along the Cape Fear River. The boat will depart at 6:30, move along the river bluff past the "Sleepy little fishing village of Southport," the Quarantine Station, Bowensville, Price's Creek Lighthouse, and Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal. With time and tide permitting, Captain Strickland will return down river to skirt Battery Island, and enter the channel leading to the mouth of the Cape Fear River for a closer look at Smith Island and Fort Caswell. Participants will meet at the Scuba South II dock in the Old Yacht Basin, next to "Fishy Fishy Restaurant." $25 members/$35 non-members. For further details call the Museum (910)457-0003 or

Historical Southport Bicycle Tourbike tour at yacht basin

July 19, 8:00 a.m.

The NC Maritime Museum at Southport has partnered with the Adventure Kayak Company to offer "Historical Southport Bicycle Tours." The guided tour will wind through live oak canopied streets and along the waterfront, incorporating local history. Participants will pedal past Fort Johnston, homes of Pilots and Blockade Runners, the Brunswick Inn, and the Old Yacht Basin, where several movies have been filmed. The tour is $25.00 per person, which includes use of bike and helmet. Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun for $20. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. To register call The Adventure Kayak Company at 910-454-0607. Visit for details. 807 Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461

Southport Donation

Make a one-time donation specifically to the Maritime Museum at Southport.


Volunteers are needed for the great times at the Maritime Museums. Share your love of history, culture and North Carolina's well-loved coast.  Each Museum offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, from working with children to helping with events.