Heritage Center

Swansboro Area Heritage Center 

The SAHC is open every weekend.  Exhibits included: Swansboro, The Unitarians, and the Emmerton School, Navigating Through Time, Fishing Exhibit and Colonial Swansboro, Maritime Artifacts, Tobacco and Cotton Displays. A research room for local historians and genealogists is also open to the public.

Hours for the Heritage Center are:
Friday, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Saturday, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, and Sunday, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.


Heritage Center Updates

The latest details on the progress of the Heritage Center

Opening weekend!!

Heritage Center Fall 2018 Hours of Operation The Heritage Center at 502 Church St. in Swansboro opened to visitors Memorial...

Heritage Center Gets New Exhibit!

A new fishing exhibit is nearing completion at the Swansboro Area Heritage Center.  An old replica of a Carolina flat-bottom...

Heritage Center Open!

The Swansboro Area Heritage Center will be opening on Memorial Day weekend!  Stay tuned for an opening event before Memorial...

The Emmerton School

The building that is on Church St. today took a couple of years to construct and was finished around late...

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On Febuary 10, 2016 the Swansboro Historical Association signed a lease with the Town of Swansboro for the east side of the old Emmerton School for the Swansboro Area Heritage Center. 

John Wood, Restoration Specialist at the Eastern NC Office of the Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources, became our primary consultant in February and a member of the Swansboro Heritage Center Museum Committee. 

By the end of March, the Association and Town of Swansboro had worked together to restore some historic areas in the building.

On July 12 the Swansboro Board of Commissioners had their meeting at the Emmerton School, the site of the Swansboro Area Heritage Center and One Harbor Church, to express appreciation for what both organizations have done to bring the building back to life. The first phase of the Heritage Center will open in what is the so-called Bicentennial Room.  This is a fitting place to start as it was the room created and used by the community of Swansboro and surrounding waterways to celebrate the 200 anniversary of the founding of the town. 

The Heritage Center in Phase I will have not only a large exhibit space for the public but also storage for both collections and day to day operations of the museum and the Association.  The opening of the Center with exhibits on the History of Swansboro and the Unitarians and Emmerton School is planned for the Fall of 2016. 

Other exhibits are planned and are in production as well as work on Phase II of the restoration which will take place in 2017.