Programs & Events

April Programs

Park Day - Volunteers neededPark_Day_Volunteers
April 5, 9:30 a.m.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, located on the historic Fort Johnston grounds will participate in Park Day 2014. Volunteers are needed to clean out shrub beds and paint the Museum doors and trim. Additionally, volunteers will be cleaning up the Fort Johnston Civil War fortification along the Cape Fear River. The Museum will offer a hotdog lunch for all those involved with the project. Tools will be provided, and volunteers need to wear clothing and closed toe shoes that can get muddy. Individuals need to supply their own yard gloves, sun screen and insect repellent. Along with the free T-shirts, badges will be given to participants of this event. For more information about Park Day at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport / Fort Johnston, please contact Sharon Venis by phone at 910-457-0003, by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  204 East Moore Street, Southport, NC 28465

Maritime Day - Girl Scout Council Event
April 12, 9:00 a.m.- noon

Girl_Scout_LogoThe NC Maritime Museum at Southport will host the region's first Girl Scout Council "Maritime Day." Working with local and state partners, such as: Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson, Fort Fisher, NC Underwater Archaeology, Fort Caswell, Southport Historical Society, the crew of Solomon T, and the Southport Sail and Power Squadron, the Museum will offer stations with hands–on activities. From candle dipping and Colonial games, to painting pirate flags and ship models, the girls will learn about the Lower Cape Fear's natural and cultural maritime history. Each Girl Scout will earn an activity badge and experience an opportunity that is educational, energetic, and engaging! Fee: $10.00/person. Registration for the event will be held by each region's Council. 204 East Moore Street, Southport, NC 28465. For further details call the Museum (910)457-0003 or 

Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program "Air Force One" - Howie FranklinHowie_Franklin_with_President_Bush
April 15, 7-9 p.m.

Through the administrations of Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, Howie Franklin served more presidents aboard Air Force One than any other Steward. Currently the Director of Cape Fear Regional Jetport at Howie Franklin Field, Mr. Franklin will share some of his most interesting, behind the scenes stories, of the leaders of the United States.

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.

Historical Southport Bicycle Tours
April 19, 2:00 p.m.

photo_by_Bryce_Lafoon_6The 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.  807 Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461     photo:Bryce Lafoon 

5th Annual Golf Classic
April 23, 11 a.m. shotgun startgolfball

The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will hold its fifth annual Maritime
Museum Golf Classic on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Members Club course in St. James. This event has proven to be an enjoyable and entertaining day of golf for its participants. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, and prizes in various categories. Participants will complete their day with happy hour, dinner, and raffles, along with live and silent auctions. 100% of the tournament proceeds will support the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport!

Golfer: $85

Foursome: $340

Dinner & Cocktails ONLY: $50/person

Not a golfer? Sponsorships are available, as well as the opportunity for businesses to make auction donations. Visit the Friends website for more information or to register online:

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.