Rosenwald Schools - February 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

rosenwald school class of 1949Southport native, Donnie Joyner, will discuss African-American struggles, triumphs, and their dedication to education in the Lower Cape Fear from the 1920's to the 1970s. Built in Southport, North Carolina during school budget year 1921-22 at a cost of $8,920, County Training School #1 was the first public high school for African-Americans students in Brunswick County. Funds to build this school were generated through the black & white communities, along with money supplied by the Julius Rosenwald Fund. Destroyed by fire before the building could be occupied in January 1922, the communities pulled together again to raise money for yet another high school named County Training School #2. Speaker, Mr. Joyner maintains, "Because Southport was not centrally located in Brunswick County, a large portion of the black community found it difficult for their children to attend school."

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport.

Program is free. Please call the Museum at 910-457-0003 to register.

A Trip with Triplett: Witty Wilmington Adventures

January 20, 7-9:00 p.m.

Southport- You don't have to travel all the way to Wilmington to hear exciting tales of the Lower Cape Fear! Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport with retired High School History Teacher, Robin Triplett, captivating the audience with exciting stories of intrigue, love, lust, death, and all the things that make the historic city fascinating. For over 5 years, Robin has educated and entertained hundreds through her tours of Downtown Wilmington. Her exuberant personality and love of history will make this program one you won't forget!

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.

"Come Grow With Us"

come grow ship resizedAs the Museum grows in patronage and collections, expansion is imperative. Click here to watch the Time Warner Cable News video, and here to watch the WECT news video, spotlighting the Museum's expansion.  ow Ship resizedPhase II of our Capital Campaign will add 2,500 square foot of space. The addition will house an exhibit construction workshop, create archival and exhibit storage, expand our classroom and meeting space with a new multi-purpose room, add restroom facilities, and provide a media room. Please help support the Museum's expansion and "Come Grow With Us."

Southport Your Hometown

wway3Check us out on Good Morning Carolina, WWAY NewsChannel 3

Your Hometown, with Randy Aldridge.  Click on the link below.

Winterfest, December 12, 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.

costumed toursSouthport- Start your holiday season at Southport Winterfest in Historic Downtown Southport. Special events will be taking place throughout the town December 4-13.

As part of the Winterfest celebration, on December 12, the NC Maritime Museum at Southport will be giving special costumed interpreted tours of the exhibit gallery at 11 am, 1:30 and 3:00 pm.

Learn about the maritime heritage of the Lower Cape Fear with tours by a Victorian Lady, a Civil War Soldier, or Stede Bonnet the Gentleman Pirate. Colonial and Victorian holiday traditions will be discussed, as well as, the storm that almost stole Christmas: the wreck of The City of Houston, 1878.

The NC Maritime Museum is located at 204 E. Moore Street on the grounds of historic Fort Johnson. For more information call the Museum at 910-457-0003

Southport Donation

Make a one-time donation specifically to the Maritime Museum at Southport. The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donors may deduct contributions as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Financial information and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.


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.