HISTORICALLY known as Smith
PETER C QUINN ARCHITECT
WBM june 2019
Island, home of the oldest lighthouse
in North Carolina, “Old Baldy,” the
island is secluded and feels remote, sit-uated
where the Cape Fear River meets
the Atlantic Ocean — and while it’s barely two miles
from Southport, it feels like it might as well be 2,000.
The 20-minute passenger ferry ride leads you into a
unique blend of beachfronts, marsh and maritime for-est
that makes up the village. There are few cars on the
island, residents and visitors use modified electric golf
carts and bicycles, or walk.
With a club, golf, restaurants, shops, island market, a
bustling marina and plenty of other amenities, the village
is home only to about 200 full-time residents, but wel-comes
a variety of business folk, day-trippers and a good
number of second-home owners and vacationers on any
given day. It’s friendly. People say hi to one another as
they pass in golf carts along shaded roadways under the
lush tree canopy.
Large, floor length windows throughout the home
give way to a picturesque view of the trees, greenery
and water. The still waters of the creek and marsh
make it a paddle boarder’s and kayaker’s dream.
Photograph by Harry Taylor