Programs & Events

August Programs

Sunset History Cruise Aboard the Scuba South II
August 1, Friday, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

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August 6, 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 

"Willing But Slow: Progressive Era Southport & Transportation" - 2nd Saturday
August 9, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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In 1911, the Wilmington, Brunswick & Southern railroad had just arrived in Southport. The rails, extending from Leland to the re-coaling dock located at the foot of Rhett Street, carried both passengers and freight, bringing about a new, progressive era. Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport for their final 2nd Saturday event on August 9, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm. Discover the local history of 30 years and 30 miles of rail. Enjoy a traveling modular railroad layout that depicts the Wilmington waterfront and the Lower Cape Fear in the 1950's with model trains and interpretation of train memorabilia by Stuart Chinnery and Steve Czimber of the Wilmington Railroad Museum.

To be displayed in the Maritime Museum's exhibit gallery, the Wilmington Waterfront is an HO-scale layout featuring the city of Wilmington, the various wharves and businesses that existed on the Cape Fear River, and other points or items of interest that you might find in this area. The railroad operations are based on the Atlantic Coast Line which was headquartered in Wilmington at this time. Virtually all the models on the layout are scratch built from old photographs and other research material. It continues to be a work in progress and Chinnery and Czimber enjoy engaging audiences to talk about modeling and the history of railroading on Wilmington's waterfront.

Join the Museum with special walking history tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to the site where the train depot once stood.

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.


Historical Southport Bicycle Tour
August 16, 8:00 a.m.

The NC Maritime Museum at Southport has partnered with the Adventure Kayak Company to offerbike tour at yacht basin "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. 807 Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461

Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program, "Behind the Scenes: History of Film in North Carolina" - Katie Edwards, Assistant Curator, North Carolina Museum of History
August 19, 7 - 9 p.m.

hunger games photocredit-north carolina museum of historySouthport is becoming one of North Carolina's most popular filming sites. Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport as we welcome Ms. Katie Edwards, Assistant Curator from the NC Museum of History in Raleigh. She will be discussing the Museum of History's newest exhibit "Starring North Carolina", in relation to the history of filmmaking in North Carolina, from early years to more recent blockbusters. The exhibit is scheduled to open November 2014. Ms. Edwards will highlight several people instrumental in making the industry successful.

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

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Southport Donation

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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.