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
November 19, 2013 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Each year in November, humorist and columnist Celia Rivenbark returns to her Lower Cape Fear adopted home of Southport to make people laugh out loud uncontrollably. Bring your best hankie as she brings people to tears with her cultural comedy and political commentary. The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is pleased to host Riverbark’s return on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. The award-winning, nationally syndicated humor columnist and New York Times Bestselling Author will speak from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This program takes place at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay Street, Southport, NC 28461.
The presentation by Rivenbark is part of the Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program presented by the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport.
The event is free and open to the public; however, advance register is necessary. This event normally sells out. Call the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport at (910) 457-0003 to register early.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is located at 204 E. Moore Street, Southport. NC 28461. Visit them online at www.ncmaritimemmuseums.com.
Gillespie Rifle Collection
Southport - Baxter Hahn, 6th great grandson to iron maker Philip Sitton, will showcase several rare Gillespie rifles at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12 at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport.
Throughout the 1800's, Transylvania County was the go-to place for firearms, thanks to the Gillespie family of gunsmiths. The Gillespie rifle was popular with Western North Carolina settlers and many men from this region carried them into battle during the Civil War.
The muzzle-loading long rifles were handmade, and since no two were alike, the bullets had to be specifically fashioned for each gun. Many of the rifles were signed on the barrel by their maker and carry a distinctive, pointed trigger plate unique to Gillespie guns. The family crafted a quicker loading percussion system, in the mid 1800's, but many of the Gillespie's old-time customers were wary of the newer invention, preferring the earlier, slower loading flintlock rifle.
Today, a Gillespie rifle is highly sought after and gun aficionados will not have far to travel to see one.
Visit the NC Maritime Museum at Southport, 204 E. Moore St., Southport. Call the museum for more information: 910-457-0003.
Legends & Lore of the Lower Cape Fear with Brooks Preik
Southport - October 15, 7-9 p.m.
Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program
Author Brooks Preik joins the museum during the haunting month of October for bone chilling stories of our lost souls of the Cape Fear. Known for her exceptional storytelling and knowledge of the area, Ms. Preik will keep the room in suspense as we learn about the phantasmic lady of Bald Head, the mysterious ghostly aftermath of the deadly Nor'easter of 1872 that claimed the lives of 5 brave pilots, and many more. Holiday refreshments will be served. Grab a bat cookie and a glass of witches' brew to enjoy a spooky time at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Program begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free, call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register.
"Walk The Blockade"
Southport - join us on
October 5, 2013 from
3 - 6 pm.
In conjunction with the opening of our newest exhibit, "Blockade Running: A Necessary Evil," the NC Maritime Museum at Southport will offer a Civil War walking history tour of Southport at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Following the tour, there will be a free reception and the unveiling of the new exhibit. All are welcome! Please call the Museum to register. (910) 457-0003.
- Fall Into History
- Historical Southport Bicycle Tours Continue
- History and Restoration of the Frying Pan Light Station
- Blockade Running in the Lower Cape Fear
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- Curator of Education to Give Talk at Brunswick Senior Center
- Author Jay Barnes to Discuss NC Hurricane History
- Gore Family Proud to see Nehi Exhibit
- Call for Vendors for Southport 2nd Saturdays Event
- Girl Scouts can Earn Badges at NC Maritime Museum