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The North Carolina Coast Travel Guide


This small town, which sits quietly at the mouth of Cape Fear River, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An increasingly desirable retirement spot, Southport retains its village charm and character. Stately and distinctive homes, antiques stores, gift shops, and restaurants line streets that veer to accommodate ancient oak trees. The town, portrayed in Robert Ruark's novel The

Old Man and the Boy, is ideal for walking; it's also popular with moviemakers—Crimes of the Heart was filmed here.

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