Swansboro, North Carolina
|Swansboro, North Carolina|
|Motto: "The Friendly City by the Sea"|
Location of Swansboro, North Carolina shown in North Carolina
|• Mayor||Scott Chadwick|
|• 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)|
|• Density||1,168.2/sq mi (451.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1022865|
Swansboro started as a settlement around the plantation of Theophilus Weeks. In 1783, Swansboro was incorporated as a town, taking its name from 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 river steamboat 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, initiated the annual Mullet Festival, one of the first coastal seafood festivals in North Carolina.
The town is featured as the setting of Nicholas Sparks' novel The Guardian.
- Queens Creek Elementary School
- Swansboro Elementary School
- Swansboro Middle School
- Swansboro High School
The city has a diverse selection of restaurants (including Yana's Ye Olde Drug Store diner and Icehouse Waterfront) 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.
- Otway Burns, (c. 1775-1850), privateer and North Carolina State Senator, was born at Queen's Creek near Swansboro.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- The Official Town of Swansboro, North Carolina Website
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Tourism website
- Town website
- Swansboro Chamber of Commerce
- Swansboro NC InsiderInfo.us Area Guide
- Swansboro travel guide from Wikivoyage