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History of Swansboro North Carolina

At the mouth of the White Oak River on the Intracoastal Waterway sits the little town of Swansboro. Numerous fishing and pleasure boats call Swansboro home because the Atlantic Ocean is easily accessible traveling through Bogue Sound. So how did this "Friendly City by the Sea" get its start?

Around 1730, Swansboro started as a small settlement at the mouth of the White Oak River. Jonathan and Grace Green settled here from Massachusetts. Mr. Green died a short time later and Grace married Theophilus Weeks, who had settled in Hadnot Creek. The Weeks family were farmers then tavern owners and then Mr. Weeks was appointed port inspector. Weeks then sold a portion of his land which, in 1783, was incorporated as the colonial port town of Swannsborough. It was so named in honor of Samuel Swann, former speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons.

Swannsborough was situated near numerous pine forests and was able to produce much of the materials needed for shipbuilding. So, naturally, shipbuilding became its major industry. Captain Otway Burns was the town's most famous ship builder. He as famous for building first steamboat constructed in North Carolina, the Prometheus and also had served as Commander of the privateer ship the Sanpdragon. The town prospered until the end of civil war.

By the time of the Great Depression, the shipping industry as well as the town's lumber industry declined. In order to maintain a living, the town began to use the sea and the land in other ways. The commercial fishing industry was developed as well as a farming industry. Today, Swansboro is still popular for these.

Located in the heart of what is now known as the North Carolina Crystal Coast, Swansboro is a favorite vacation spot for thousands of families. It is a vibrant town with plenty of activities for kids and adults alike. After a day of surfing, sea kayaking, sunbathing on the beach or shopping you will be ready for some of the great, fresh seafood served at the many local restaurants.

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¤ Swansboro is a great little town on the North Carolina crystal coast. Come enjoy the friendly people and get away from the "rat-race". Once you visit this area and you will want to stay!
¤ Just up the road from Emerald Isle is Atlantic Beach NC. Located close to Morehead City, there are plenty of family-friendly campgrounds and great seafood restaurants.
¤ Emerald Isle NC is located at the end of the Outer Banks of the
North Carolina coast. It is a family-friendly vacation spot with plenty of rental houses and attractions to keep you busy.

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