Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Old Swing Bridge at Sunset Beach: Open Once More . . . As a Museum!

As of May 24th, 2014, the Old Bridge Museum at Sunset Beach, NC, is OPEN! Nearly 4 years ago, what we thought was our final farewell to the Old Swing Bridge has become a happy reunion, thanks to the clever planning and hard work of the dedicated volunteers of The Old Bridge Preservation Society. Now, the Bridge Tender's house portion of the old swing bridge offers visitors a guided glimpse into the past role of this important local artery to this unique area of coastal North Carolina.  Donations of artifacts from the local Archealogical Society and other locals pull visitors in for a closer look at Sunset Beach's history, drawing our attentions back as far as the Civil War, with information about the blockade runner, the Vesta.

You can find the final resting place for the retired Old Bridge in Sunset Beach, at 109 Shoreline Drive West, right next door to the new town park, a pleasant cluster of live oaks through which meandering walkways lead you to the water's edge.

Apart from frequent special events held there on most weekends, the museum's regular hours are currently5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays, and 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, visit the museum website at or call (910) 363-6585.