This small quaint seaport has roots back to April 7, 1730 when Isaac and Jonathan Green Sr. purchased from Ebenezer Harker "a certain plantation and track of land containing by estimation 441 acres situate lying and being in ye Carterett in ye county of province of aforsaid being ye west side of ye mouth off White Oak River." By 1771 Theophilus Weeks started a town on his plantation, laying out a plat and selling lots. Formerly known as Bogue, Week's Point, The Wharf and New Town, the town was officially designated by the North Carolina General Assembly on May 6, 1783. Above photo courtesy Jack Dudley . Swansboro - A Pictorial Tribute . North Carolina State Archives.
According to Jack Dudley, in Swansboro - A Pictorial Tribute, Will Privett, was a lifesaver at Bogue Inlet Lifesaving Station/Coast Guard Station. In January of 1915, the U.S. Lifesaving Service merged with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to form the Coast Guard. Privett photo, in an early Coast Guard uniform, courtesy Jack Dudley.
NATIONAL REGISTER of Historic Places: 116 Elm Street - Three-bay, I-house with two-room plan, with one-story front porch and ell.
William R. "Will" Privett (1878-) married Nancy L. in 1905. The 1910 census noted Privett as a surfman at the Life Saving Station at Bogue Inlet, near Swansboro. At this time, he and Nancy had two daughters, Mary L. 2 and four-month old Jannita.
By 1920 Will Privett was noted as working with the Coast Guard Station; by that time the couple had three more children, Mattie, James and David.