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Life At St. James Plantation

Life At St. James Plantation

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Life In a Seatown

Originally incorporated in 1792, Smithville was named after Benjamin Smith, a Continental Army colonel who later became governor of North Carolina. In 1887, Smithville was renamed Southport to promote efforts to become a major southern port for steamships and railroads. It has been a fishing village and military town since it was established and more recently known as a “movie town.” 

The historic charm of Southport will captivate you as you walk under a canopy of live oak trees more than 200 years old. Take a stroll through the town and enjoy the historical heritage.

Just four miles from our main entrance, downtown Southport is alive and bustling with the small town feel that just makes you feel, well, at home. Antiques and collectible shops, great restaurants and fabulous boutiques fill the storefronts.

Even better? Stroll under the 200-year-old live oak trees and past historic Victorian homes that once housed river pilots and maybe a pirate (or two!) and now act as the backdrop for many a TV show or movie. Oh, if walls could talk!

Coastal life in Southport
– attractions & essentials.

People are drawn to our historic hometown by the sea. Quaint shops, grand old homes and streets lined with enormous live oaks blend with fresh, new options for shopping and dining and movie-set charm.
– Antebellum architecture & live oaks
– Great restaurants & coffee shops
– Unbelievable fresh seafood, daily
– Eclectic art galleries & shops
– So close to education opportunities
& attractions

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Southport:                                        Antique shops, clothiers, home goods & big box stores.                                                                                       Wilmington:                                   Williams-Sonoma, Coldwater Creek, Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble, & 65 other retailers in Mayfaire Town Center. Plus, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Fresh Market.

Shopping, Grocery,
Home Improvement

Southport:                                        Practitioners, specialists, wellness professionals, Dosher Memorial Hospital, Dosher Wellness Center & Brunswick Novant Medical Center, all in Southport.                                                                                               Wilmington:                                         New Hanover Regional Medical Center, alternative medicine specialists.

Expert Medical
 Facilities

Southport:                                        Brunswick Community College & community learning programs.                                                               Wilmington:                                   University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW.

Continued Learning
Opportunities

Southport:                                      Antique shops, clothiers, home goods & big box stores.                                                                                                 Wilmington:                                   Williams-Sonoma, Coldwater Creek, Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble, & 65 other retailers in Mayfaire Town Center. Plus, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Fresh Market.

Shopping, Grocery,
Home Improvement

Southport:                                      Practitioners, specialists, wellness professionals, Dosher Memorial Hospital, Dosher Wellness Center & Brunswick Novant Medical Center, all in Southport.                                                                                                 Wilmington:                                       New Hanover Regional Medical Center, alternative medicine specialists.

Expert Medical
 Facilities

Southport:                                    Brunswick Community College & community learning programs.                                                               Wilmington:                                   University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW.

Continued Learning
Opportunities

Southport:                                     Antique shops, clothiers, home goods & big box stores.                                                                   Wilmington:                                     Williams-Sonoma, Coldwater Creek, Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble, & 65 other retailers in Mayfaire Town Center. Plus, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Fresh Market.

Shopping, Grocery,
Home Improvement

Southport:                                      Practitioners, specialists, wellness professionals, Dosher Memorial Hospital, Dosher Wellness Center & Brunswick Novant Medical Center, all in Southport.                                                               Wilmington:                                    New Hanover Regional Medical Center, alternative medicine specialists.

Expert Medical
 Facilities

Southport:                                      Brunswick Community College & community learning programs.                                                           Wilmington:                                    University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW.

Continued Learning
Opportunities

Southport:                                                                  200-block historic district with galleries, historic Thalian Hall Theatre, museums & comedy.                                                                                            Wilmington:                                                        University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW.                                                                                                          Myrtle Beach:                                                      World-famous musical performances & productions, art galleries & museums.

Arts &
 Culture

Southport:                                                                Oak Island Lighthouse & beaches, cruises, wineries, Ingram Planetarium.                                                    Wilmington:                                                                NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Airlie Gardens, trolley tours, Screen Gems.                                                    Myrtle Beach:                                                             Big name acts at House of Blues, Alabama Theatre & Carolina Opry, plus Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Broadway at the Beach.

Attractions &
Fun

Airports:                                                            Wilmington International Airport & Myrtle Beach International Airport.                                                       Roadways:                                                                NC Hwy 17, I-40 make for an easy drive north, south & west.                                                                      Ferry & Boating:                                                        The NC Ferry System departs from Southport. St. James borders the ICW making boating to your destination simple.

Access by Air,
Land & Sea

Southport:                                                     Antique shops, clothiers, home goods & big box stores.                                                                   Wilmington:                                                 Williams-Sonoma, Coldwater Creek, Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble, & 65 other retailers in Mayfaire Town Center. Plus, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Fresh Market.

Shopping, Grocery,
Home Improvement

Southport:                                              Practitioners, specialists, wellness professionals, Dosher Memorial Hospital, Dosher Wellness Center & Brunswick Novant Medical Center, all in Southport.                                                               Wilmington:                                                        New Hanover Regional Medical Center, alternative medicine specialists.

Expert Medical
 Facilities

Southport:                                                   Brunswick Community College & community learning programs.                                                                                                                   Wilmington:                                                  University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW.

Continued Learning
Opportunities

Southport:                                                                    200-block historic district with galleries, historic Thalian Hall Theatre, museums & comedy.                                                                                         Wilmington:                                                       University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW.                                                                                                             Myrtle Beach:                                                          World-famous musical performances & productions, art galleries & museums.

Arts &
 Culture

Southport:                                                                            Oak Island Lighthouse & beaches, cruises, wineries, Ingram Planetarium.                                                                         Wilmington:                                                                          NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Airlie Gardens, trolley tours, Screen Gems.                                                                    Myrtle Beach:                                                                          Big name acts at House of Blues, Alabama Theatre & Carolina Opry, plus Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Broadway at the Beach.

Attractions &
Fun

Airports:                                                         Wilmington International Airport & Myrtle Beach International Airport.                                                       Roadways:                                                                  NC Hwy 17, I-40 make for an easy drive north, south & west.                                                                               Ferry & Boating:                                                        The NC Ferry System departs from Southport. St. James borders the ICW making boating to your destination simple.

Access by Air,
Land & Sea

Just Around the Corner

 

Grab a Bite!

Local seafood, fine dining, and ethnic flavor all just around the corner.

 

Local Boutiques

Collection of antiques, art, jewelry, and lots more!

 

Attractions and Event

Historic sites, museums, lighthouses, parks, events, and fun things to do.

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