Swansboro, North Carolina

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Swansboro, North Carolina
Town
Motto: "The Friendly City by the Sea"
Location of Swansboro, North Carolina shown in North Carolina
Location of Swansboro, North Carolina shown in North Carolina
Coordinates: 34°41′36″N 77°7′38″W / 34.69333°N 77.12722°W / 34.69333; -77.12722Coordinates: 34°41′36″N 77°7′38″W / 34.69333°N 77.12722°W / 34.69333; -77.12722
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Onslow
Government
 • Mayor Scott Chadwick
Area
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Land 1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2007)
 • Total 1,540
 • Density 1,168.2/sq mi (451.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28584
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-66360[1]
GNIS feature ID 1022865[2]
Website http://swansboro-nc.org/

Swansboro is a town in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. In 2007, the estimated population was 1,540.

History[edit]

Swansboro's origin come from a settlement around the plantation of Theophilus Weeks. In 1783, Swansboro was incorporated as a town, taking its name Samuel Swann, a Speaker in the North Carolina House of Commons and a resident of Onslow County. In 1818, Otway Burns built the Prometheus, the first steamboat actually constructed in North Carolina. The town, originally spelled Swannsborough, is sometimes called "The Friendly City by the Sea". M.N. Lisk, a popular Swansboro mayor, was the creator of the annual Mullet Festival,[3] one of the first coastal seafood festivals in North Carolina. It is also the town featured in Nicholas Sparks' novel "The Guardian."

Education[edit]

  • Queens Creek Elementary School
  • Swansboro Elementary School
  • Swansboro Middle School
  • Swansboro High School

Tourism[edit]

Swansboro sits across the Intracoastal Waterway from Hammocks Beach State Park and is a popular destination for tourists, outdoor enthusiasts and recreational fishermen.

The city has a diverse selection of restaurants (including Yana's Ye Olde Drug Store diner) and shopping much of which it located along the Intracoastal Waterway or White Oak River basin. Residents and visitors alike have multiple boating facilities to choose from (including Casper's Marina and Dudley's Marina) and many restaurants allow for boaters to dock outside their establishments.

The Rotary Club of Swansboro is active in the community and regularly hosts events such as the annual King Mackerel Tournament and numerous fundraising gatherings. During the summers, the Seaside Arts Council hosts weekly concerts aptly named "Swan Fest" on Sunday evenings at the Pavilion in Olde Town Square.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ The Official Town of Swansboro, North Carolina Website

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