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An online service of the Southport Historical Society

The work of the historian is not the work of the critic or the moralist; it is the work of the sleuth and the storyteller, the philosopher and the scientist, the keeper of tales, the sayer of sooth, the teller of truth. - Jill Lepore

Welcome to our online research room. No matter whether you are making a nostalgic visit, doing your homework, or writing your next book; we hope you find the SCRR useful, as well as easy to use. If you have a question or need assistance or if you would like to provide your assistance to the Society, please send an email to us at

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"Bit of History" - From 1999 to 2007, Southport historian Susie Carson wrote a weekly "Bit of History" column for the Brunswick County edition of the StarNews.

"The Way It Was" - State Port Pilot photo columns provide readers with a magic carpet ride through Southport's history.

Brunswick County Historical Society newsletters (1961 - 2005)

Chronology of Southport (Smithville) from 1520 to 1990

Correspondence local collections from WW I and WW II.

Oral Histories Interviews of Southport residents from the UNCW Randall Library

People files a mixture of documents, newspaper clippings, family genealogy tables and handwritten notes.

Photo and Video Collection hundreds of photos and 30+ videos of Southport people, landmarks, maritime scenes and businesses.

Reference books and other books available at the SCRR. LIST

Reports, documents, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, etc. drawn from the files of the Susie Carson Research Room.

Robert Ruark Collection - photos, articles, correspondence and related documents about the life of journalist/novelist Robert C. Ruark Jr.

Subject files covering 170+ topics in Southport's history. Files contain a mixture of documents, newspaper clippings, family genealogy tables and handwritten notes.

State Port Pilot Newspapers From April 24, 1935 to December 28, 1949 - 767 Issues

Walking/Driving Tours of Southport - download free PocketSights app to your mobile device

Whittlers Bench Southport Historical Society newsletters from 1976 to the present

Woodbine Garden Club

Southport Woman's Club Collection - Reports, photos, ledgers, and minutes from 1909 to 1959.