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Cape Fear Pride: Southport homes

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Nestled near the beauty of the Cape Fear River, is the small community of Southport. Tree lined streets are peppered with homes, as beautiful as the nature that surrounds them. Each tells a story. Historic homeowner Eric Appala explained, “It was really an enjoyable thing to go back and figure out where this piece of property came from.” After hundreds of hours of research, Sherol and Eric Lappala restored the Price-Thompson house. The home sits on the first of 100 original Southport lots. Originally build in 1826, its face has been changed and changed again. Sherol said, “We started going through land records and other information we realized that underneath this brick shell was this charming Southport beauty.” The couple tore down the brick facade bringing the home back closer to the original. They've restored the floors, and in the process of the year long renovation, discovered Civil War buttons worn by sailors, as well as buttons from World War I and World War ll. The Price-Thompson house, like many of Southport’s homes, was owned by sailors who guided boats in to and out of Wilmington. Zack Zuehlke of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport said, “The first residents and the first people who lived in the houses now were river pilots. That's why Southport exists.” Another one of those homes is the Adkins Raurk house, which was recently restored by Jeff Ward who said about the project, “Anything that we had to recreate, we recreated to just what was there.” Ward kept the original stain-glass windows, and recreated much of its traditional woodwork. Author Robert Raurk was the grandson of the builder. Ward found a way to restore the history of the home, and share it with Southport's visitors. Ward said, “I really just fell in love with the house, and didn't want to get rid of it. Obviously, I've got a mortgage on it so I thought doing a bed and breakfast would be a nice way to keep it.” Keeping houses like these true to their history is what makes Southport so special.

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