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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Swansboro: "Friendly City by The Sea"

Emerald Isle is a quick trip over the bridge to the "Friendly City by The Sea", Swansboro.

Swansboro was founded in 1783 and is a historic waterfront community at the mouth of the White Oak River, where the river joins the Atlantic and flows past the Bear Island Beaches and is home to Hammocks Beach State Park. It offers a quaint "downtown" shopping area and is the host of several events: Arts by the Sea, Mullet Festival, Candlelight Shopping, Christmas Flotilla and the Summer concert series under the new pavilion.

Settlers first came to Swansboro in 1730 and founded an Indian village at the mouth of the White Oak River. The colonial port was incorporated in 1783 and was called Swannsborough in honor of Sam Swann, a speaker at the North Carolina house of commons. Originally, Swannsborough was a shipbuilding community and home to Captain Otway Burns. Burns and Swannsborough were the builders of the first steamboat constructed in North Carolina. The shipbuilding industry declined and Swansboro became a leader in the commercial fishing industry.

Take a stroll through town and have a beer or ice cream at the Church Street Deli. Listen to music under the new pavilion or sit on the docks and throw bread to the fish and the ducks. There are plenty of restaurants to chose from and awesome shops to browse.

When vacationing on the Crystal Coast plan to visit Swansboro. You will quickly discover why it is called, "the Friendly City by the Sea."


Your Sun-Surf Realty Vacation has so much to offer, including a little bit of history.

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