Do you fancy yourself a history buff or looking for a fun yet educational adventure during your stay on Oak Island? We highly recommend checking out the Old Brunswick County Jail Museum in Southport! It’s one of the best historical sites to add to your vacation itinerary in the Cape Fear region.

And, if you love Sissy Spacek and classic films, this is a must-do during your time here! The jail was a backdrop in the 1986 movie Crimes of the Heart. Keep reading to learn all about where the Old Brunswick County Jail is located and what you can expect when you visit.


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Where is Old Brunswick County Jail Located?

The Old Brunswick County Jail is located on the corners of Nash and Rhett Streets, right across from the Old Smithville Burying Ground. This two-story brick building was built in 1904 and consists of living quarters for the jailer and his family, two cells, and a runabout on the second floor. Each cell had four bunks, a washbasin, and a commode in each cell — it’s excellent for an Instagram-worthy picture!

When is the Museum Open to the Public?

If you want to visit the museum, it’s open this year from April through October on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. If you’re visiting in the peak summer months (from June to August) you can also visit the museum on Friday afternoons.

If you’re in town during the winter months, please keep in mind that this museum is closed. This is when the Southport Historical Society works its magic to add new displays and perform any maintenance needed.

Best Things To Do at the Museum

One of the best things about stopping by the museum is being able to take a fascinating trip back in time! The place is a treasure, especially to those history enthusiasts. You’ll get to know Cape Fear’s local history and gain an appreciation for why this historic site is so important.

We recommend either a guided or self-guided tour, especially when you’re visiting Oak Island for a vacation. The place is family-friendly, which means you can take your little ones with you too — we’re confident they will be captivated by the jail as well.


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Other Things To Do Nearby

While you’re in Southport, you’ll find a myriad of things to do! From even more historical sites and nature trails to dining and shopping you won’t want to miss. Here are some of the top spots to check out:

  • Hubbard House c. 1850’s
  • Kingsley Park
  • Southport’s Waterfront Park
  • The 800-year-old Indian Trail Tree
  • Franklin Square Art Gallery
  • Timeless Treasures Antique Store
  • Southport Pier and Riverwalk
  • The Christmas House for shopping
  • Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts

You can find even more things to do in Southport here.

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Are You Ready to Explore Coastal North Carolina?

Our team would love to help you plan your next stay to discover the storied history of the North Carolina coast! You can start by browsing our exclusive collection of Oak Island accommodations to learn more about the vacation rentals nearby all the attractions — like the Old Brunswick County Jail Museum.