WILMINGTON, N.C. (CAPE FEAR WEEKEND) -
In the late 1800s, Smithville became Southport. The town took on a new name in hopes to bring the shipping port to the picturesque small town.
The home 301 Bay Street was built sometime in the late 1800′s. Originally a former Governor, and town founder had a home in that exact spot. However, the home that Benjamin Smith had built was said to be unmanageable, so it was torn down and a smaller home was built.
It’s rich with historical details like the elegant rotunda and vintage hard wood floors. One detail of the home’s design is an iconic piece of Southport history. The Southport bow door frames are unique to the area and was inspired by bow of a ship.
However, one previous staff member was so enamored with the estate that he refuses to leave.
Antonio Casaletta was an Italian musician who was a member of the Inn’s orchestra. He ventured out to sea one night, and never returned. He is buried in the Old Southport Cemetery, but some say he’s never left the Inn.
Previous owners say that Tony is a friendly ghost and will sometimes do something cheeky like hide a hairbrush or jewelry.
Now we didn’t have any experience with Tony the ghost, but some say you can hear him playing the harp at night or pacing the rotunda.
Some may argue that there’s no better place to spend eternity than this magnificent piece of Southport’s history.
This rare piece of history has been completely restored with modern details like air conditioning units. The home is for sale and is listed by Bonner Herring with RE/MAX Southern Coast.
The home is directly across from the Cape Fear River and has four bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. This home is a luxurious 10,000 square feet and has a beautiful oak tree beside it.
Here’s a link to the listing.
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