Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center

Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center

Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center
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Stevedec
Decatur, GA12,908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We had not been to the area for many many years and stopped in to get information. The history of this place is at least as good as the information for tourists. There is a very comprehensive mostly pictorial museum as well as touring materials and a few books. The docents were knowledgeable and friendly.
Written May 19, 2022
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Kate Illinois1
Illinois4,719 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Glad we decided to stop being the first time in Southport. There is a wealth of information about Fort Johnston dating back to the 1700s, Southport history over the past 200 years and movies filmed locally with memorabilia. This building is what is left of the fort which was the officer's quarters. Beautiful view of the river. There are chairs on the lawn to take in the view. Restrooms are located behind the building. Museum is free. Street parking. They offer a scavenger hunt activity for children.
Written May 24, 2023
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Surf City, NC2,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Safe Haven was filmed here and they have a room dedicated to the movie 🍿 🎥 which is cool and exciting.
Written February 7, 2020
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acww2016
Clemmons, NC286 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
My family and I were outside taking pictures. Gwen (worker at museum) came out and talked with us on the front porch. She appeared to be very nice but totally lied to us about our tour guide for our scheduled tour. She told us our tour guide was her brother. When we took the tour our guide made it clear she was NOT his sister and she is always telling people. Why would she lie to us? The museum has a great activity for kids but Gwen did not sit well with us. I wondered what else she had lied to us about when talking to us. My kids even asked me, why did that lady lie to us?
Written April 8, 2018
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Goozie
Southport, NC10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I came to this location looking for more information about the fort and when I entered I was greeted with a rude remark from a parishioner speaking with the person in charge. DEFINITELY would not recommend parshioning a place where management allows such things.

all that aside - the outside is pretty cool.
Written October 31, 2019
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D2958ZXgarym
King, United States847 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Described in various promotional materials as a “Victorian Coastal Village,” Southport’s streets are lined with many fine examples of 19th century coastal architecture, and several blocks of the town’s waterfront area are included on the National Register of Historic Places. Strolling its oak-shaded thoroughfares, visitors will see the Old Brunswick County Jail, built in 1904, and now home to the Southport Historical Society. They will also come upon the one remaining building from Fort Johnston. The original fort goes back to 1745, predating the town by a half-century. It was from here that displaced Royal Governor Josiah Martin attempted in vain to restore British rule in North Carolina at the outset of the Revolutionary War. Fort Johnston’s only surviving building has been repurposed and now serves as the area Visitor Center. Founded in 1792, the town of Southport was originally named Smithville, in honor of Benjamin Smith, a Revolutionary War officer and N. C. Governor. Since it was the most southerly port in the state, the name was changed to Southport in 1889. Until 1975, it was the seat of government for Brunswick County.
Written March 14, 2018
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Barb8662
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Our visit to the museum was really very informative. We learned about the history of Southport which was first visited by Spanish Explorers in 1524 and eventually settled by the English in the mid 1600's. Southport is one of the first areas in North Carolina to celebrate Independence Day. It is a four day event celebrated each year attracting visitors from around the region. Southport has also been the site of many films and TV shows. Examples include Weekend at Bernies, Safe Haven, Under the DOme and Dawsons Creek. It is a quaint town with nice restaurants, shopping and lovely scenery.
Written November 13, 2019
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Wanderlust4222
Southport, NC19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Has lots of free printed literature on local things to do including local and state maps. We found it to be very informative. Museum was interesting detailing the history of Southport. Separate room listed movies filmed in the area and had some memorabilia.
Written July 28, 2019
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mbrowning
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
The people that work here are very friendly and offered us help with our travel throughout the town. They have a ton of artifacts and memorabilia to look at, including the props
from Safe Haven and other movies filmed in Southport. It’s free to walk in and look around and I highly recommend stopping by when you are in Southport!
Written June 21, 2019
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2014BC
Lexington, VA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We both enjoyed this place, lots of information about the area. The movie room was well presented and we will be looking to rent some of those.
Written July 21, 2018
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