Yes, Sneads Ferry was named after a ferry even though there’s not one there today

If you live in or have ever been to Sneads Ferry, you probably already know that there’s no ferry around that area.

If you live in or have ever been to Sneads Ferry, you probably already know that there’s no ferry around that area.

But was there at one point? The answer to that question: Yes.

So then your next question must be, well then who is Snead?

Snead is Robert Snead. He was an attorney in that area in the 1700’s and also became the operator of the ferry that traversed the river to bring people to and from what would come to be known later as Sneads Ferry and Camp Lejune. The ferry was named after Snead, then the town was named after the ferry.

Today, a high-rise bridge sits over the water where the ferry would have been. That bridge was built in the 1940’s.

Coincidentally, the family that owned the land where Camp Lejune is now, had the last name Marines so that area before Marine Corps Base Camp Lejune was built there, was called Marines.

Onslow County Museum Director Lisa Whitman-Grice says the ferry that operated back in the 1700’s – 1940 was not like a ferry you would see today.

“People tend to think of contemporary ferries like you go to Southport and you think ‘Oh I’m going to put my vehicle on it and this is going to be a big boat,’” Whitman-Grice said. “It’s really like for lack of a better explanation, a raft.”

Whitman-Grice said the ferry was a flat vessel that you could put people, wagons, or horses on and it barley sat above the surface of the water.

“So in the 1740’s, it’s described as a ‘bit of a bobble of a boat,’” Whitman-Grice said.


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