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.
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New Release: Swansboro - The Friendly City by the Sea

Swansboro native Jack Dudley has published his 2nd Swansboro book - Swansboro: The Friendly City by the Sea. Jack had not planned a 2nd Swansboro book, but kept running across great photos while doing other research and still had 100s of slides he hadn't used in the first book.

This new book is full of original old photos culled from various sources, including The History Place, North Carolina Archives & History and Swansboro residents—many photos people living today have never seen. Extensive research, for the informative captions, will help readers know more about the people, places and what day-to-day life was like during Swansboro’s history.

Photo from a recent Swansboro   
Historical Association reception   
at historic Palo Alto Plantation  
(Swansboro, NC History)
Though a book of historic Swansboro photos, the book also gives insight into early life along the coast of Onslow and Carteret Counties, villages that communicated and even courted by sea. 

What Dudley calls his “’last will and testament’ to Swansboro,” will be a fundraiser for the Swansboro Historical Association.

This and Swansboro – A Pictorial Tribute are lasting contributions to the community where Jack Dudley grew up. As in the first book, Jack's work was inspired by friend and Swansboro historian Tucker Littleton.


The book is available at several area vendors including Tidewater Gallery. In Beaufort, you can find/order from Scuttlebutt, Nautical Books & Bounty.

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