Civil War 150th Commemoration: Cushing’s Raid on Smithville, February 29, 1864
Southport - On the evening of February 29, 1864, Lieutenant Commander William Barker Cushing took a small expedition of 2 boats and 20 men up the Cape Fear River intent on kidnapping Fort Johnston's Commanding General Louis Hebert. After the successful destruction of the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle, this daring US Navy officer went on to conduct several amphibious operations along the North Carolina coast. Cushing was stationed with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, and commanded the USS Monticello, the purpose of which was to stop blockade runners from entering Wilmington with goods for the Confederacy. As blockading duty could be tedious, Cushing was compelled to spend his time raiding towns and destroying salt works in Confederate control. Many of the Lieutenant's bold plans were too extreme for the Navy to officially entertain, but his risky exploits were successful, ultimately winning great notoriety in the North and infamy in the South.
In conjunction with the Sesquicentennial, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, in collaboration with UNCW Professor of History Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, is installing a permanent video display focusing on Lieutenant Commander Cushing's raid on Smithville.
Photo credit: Chris Fonvielle, Jr.
“The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom”
February 18, 7 - 9 p.m.
Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program
Southport - The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport welcomes Dr. Melton McLaurin as he offers an overview of the racial discrimination faced by America's first black Marines, both in the Corps and the civilian world, from World War II to Vietnam and their faith in and contributions to American democracy. Professor Emeritus UNCW Department of History Dr. McLaurin is the author or co-author of ten books and numerous articles on various aspects of the history of the American South and race relations.
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.
"We Fished for a Living: Exhibit: Featuring Menhaden Chanty Singers
Southport - Opening February 1, 2014
In conjunction with Black History month, the NC Maritime Museum at Southport, with support from The Friends of the Museum, will expand its menhaden exhibit to include a permanent video display highlighting Menhaden Chanty Singers. Recorded in the 1980s, it not only preserves the voice of working watermen, but affords a rare opportunity to see those who pulled the nets. Join the museum on February 1st as we commemorate the hardworking men that brought the pogy fish into Southport.
204 E. Moore St. Southport, NC 28461
SOLD OUT! The Wilmington, Brunswick & Southern Railroad
January 21, 7-9:00 p.m.
PROGRAM IS FILLED
Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport as we welcome Mark Koenig, Wilmington Railroad Museum Executive Director, to discuss The Wilmington, Brunswick, and Southern Railroad (WB&S). The "Willing But Slow," as some World War I soldiers called it, may have arrived too late for Smithville's 1880s building boom, but the 30-mile stretch of rail provided passenger and cargo transport from Wilmington and Navassa through Brunswick County. Learn how this private endeavor came into being and connected the county until 1941.
The program will be held at the Old Southport Visitor Center, located at 113 West Moore Street, Southport. Program is free, call the Museum at (910) 457-0003 to register. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com
A Victorian Holiday in Southport
Saturday, December 7, 1–3 p.m.
Did you know that having a spider in your Christmas Tree was good luck? Since Prince Albert first brought a Christmas tree into the palace, the Victorian era has been steeped in Germanic holiday traditions. Join the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport for a festive afternoon filled with activities for all ages. Make creative and unconventional ornaments while enjoying eggnog and cookies. Afterward, in the exhibit hall, learn about our Gilded Age Shipwreck, The City of Houston, and how a storm almost ruined Christmas! Appropriate for all ages; $3.00/person. Call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com 204 E. Moore St. Southport, NC 28461.
- SOLD OUT! New York Times Bestselling Author Celia Rivenbark Returns for NC Maritime Museum program in Southport
- Gillespie Rifle Collection
- Legends & Lore of the Lower Cape Fear with Brooks Preik
- "Walk The Blockade"
- Fall Into History
- Historical Southport Bicycle Tours Continue
- History and Restoration of the Frying Pan Light Station
- Blockade Running in the Lower Cape Fear
- Children's Summer Series Offers Fun and Education
- Curator of Education to Give Talk at Brunswick Senior Center