Swansboro NC

Southern Living

Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant
Settlers first came to Swansboro around 1730, founding a community on the site of an Algonkian Indian village at the mouth of the White Oak River. The colonial port town of Swannsborough was incorporated in 1783 – named in honor of Samuel Swann, who had been speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons. The community’s early prosperity was based on shipbuilding, and its most famous shipbuilder was Captain Otway Burns. Burns, whose exploits as commander of the privateer vessel Snapdragon brought early attention to Swansboro, was also the builder of the Prometheus, the first steamboat constructed in North Carolina.
Although its shipbuilding industry declined, Swansboro found new prosperity in lumber and naval stores, and, in the mid-Twentieth Century, in the commercial fishing industry. Beginning with World War II, Swansboro, like most of Onslow County, began experiencing an economic boost from the nearby establishment of Camp Lejeune, one of the U.S. Marine Corps largest bases, and from the growth of coastal tourism trends that continue today.
With its remarkable heritage, scenic views, great hospitality, and casual lifestyle, Swansboro has retained the quiet charm and unique character of a picturesque colonial port – making it an outstanding community for anyone who wants to join the “Friendly City” tradition to call “home”. Swansboro, North Carolina, known as the "Friendly City by the Sea, is a quaint, historic town bordering both the Intracoastal Waterway and the White Oak River. 
Coastal Living

Come for a week............Stay for a lifetime

Graham Hunt Image

Walk through downtown Swansboro on any given day and you're likely to see any number of kayakers and paddle-boarders making their way through the Intracoastal Waterway headed towards the many scenic beaches along Bogue Inlet. Others may want to fish, water ski, visit Bear Island to hunt for seashells or just relax and bask in the sun. Swansboro has historical sites to discover, eclectic shops to explore, and lots of 'family-friendly' recreation like biking, hiking, camping, and outdoor concerts just to name a few! And, of course, it's always a good idea to just relax and kick back and enjoy the views.
One photo you have to take while visiting Swansboro are the shrimp boats at Clyde Phillips Seafood at sunset, Clyde's been selling fresh seafood from this location since 1963, this is one of the most photographed spots in eastern North Carolina and is a reflection of times passed by. Snap your shot when you're in the area. 
Clyde Phillips Seafood in Swansboro NOrth Carolina
Hammocks Beach State Park
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