Topsail Island, North Carolina

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Topsail Island is a 26-mile (41.8 km) long barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, USA just south of Camp Lejeune, the Bogue Banks, and the Outer Banks. It contains the communities of North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach. Along with its thick maritime forests, Topsail Island is also a sanctuary for sea turtles and known for its beautiful beaches. The island lies in Onslow County in the north, and in Pender County in the south. There are only two ways on and off the island: the first is a high rise bridge on the North End and the second is a swing bridge into Surf City.

Name origin
Topsail Island’s name is supposedly derived from its nefarious history, however, this is still debatable among the locals on the Island. According to popular belief, pirates used to hide in the channel between the island and the mainland waiting for merchant ships loaded with goods to pass. The pirates would attack the ships and claim the cargo as their own. Eventually the merchants became aware of the hiding place and began looking for the topsail, which was supposedly the only part of the pirate ship that could be seen by the passing victim. There is a legend that Blackbeard hid his treasure on Topsail Island and that prior to WWII, treasure hunters searched for the hidden gems and gold throughout the islands’ maritime forests.

Reference: Topsail Island. (2016, June 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:12, September 1, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Topsail_Island&oldid=727084221

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North Topsail Beach is a town in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. The 2010 population was 743. It is located on Topsail Island. North Topsail Beach is part of the Jacksonville, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography
North Topsail Beach is located at 34°28′37″N 77°27′40″W (34.476925, -77.461091). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.6 square miles (27 km2), of which, 6.4 square miles (17 km2) of it is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) of it (39.32%) is water.

In 2012, North Topsail Reef condominium installed over 2,200 hydraulically filled sandbags in order to protect their property pending beach nourishment.

Official website of North Topsail Beach, NC

Reference: North Topsail Beach, North Carolina. (2016, July 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:19, September 1, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=North_Topsail_Beach,_North_Carolina&oldid=729245630

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Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 1,853 at the 2010 census. It is located on Topsail Island.

The Pender County portion of Surf City is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Onslow County portion is part of the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography
Surf City is located at 34°25′41″N 77°32′36″W (34.428137, -77.543198).

According to the United States Census Bureau, Surf City has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.7 km²).4.2 square miles (10.9 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it (20.45%) is water.

Recent annexations have extended the Town Limits on the mainland west of Highway 17.

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Reference: Surf City, North Carolina. (2016, July 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:58, September 1, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Surf_City,_North_Carolina&oldid=729322514

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Topsail Beach is a town in Pender County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 383 at the 2012 census. It is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Recreation
Missiles and More Museum: The Missiles and More Museum is housed in the Historical Assembly Building located at 720 Channel Blvd in Topsail Beach. The Museum is home to exhibits such as; Pirates of the Carolinas, Operation Bumblebee, Camp Davis, The Towns of Topsail Island, Topsail's Natural Beauty and Fragility, Traces of Native Americans on the Island and an International Shell Exhibit. Opened on April 4, 2011 the WASP (Women's Air-force Service Pilots) exhibit was opened. This exhibit tells the story of the first women trained to fly American military aircraft.

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Reference: Topsail Beach, North Carolina. (2016, July 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:30, September 1, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Topsail_Beach,_North_Carolina&oldid=729246216

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Sneads Ferry is a census-designated place (CDP) in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. It is the second largest municipality in Onslow County, behind Jacksonville and is part of the Jacksonville, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. Once a rural fishing village, Sneads Ferry has experienced a surge in development since 2000. Based on U.S. Census data, the study area has grown from 5,425 residents in 2000 to approximately 9,750 residents in 2014, an 80% increase. Growth primarily has been driven by accessibility to MCB Camp Lejeune from the gate on NC 172 and expansion of the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) accessed from NC 210. Sneads Ferry is expected to continue growing rapidly at 3.3% annually, adding 17,500 new residents through 2040 reaching 20,000 in total population by 2030.

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Reference: Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. (2016, August 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:45, September 1, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sneads_Ferry,_North_Carolina&oldid=735765600

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Holly Ridge is a town in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. The 2010 population was 1,268. It is part of the Jacksonville, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,082
1960 731 −32.4%
1970 415 −43.2%
1980 465 12.0%
1990 728 56.6%
2000 831 14.1%
2010 1,268 52.6%
Est. 2015 2,096 65.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

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Reference: Holly Ridge, North Carolina. (2016, July 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:48, September 1, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Holly_Ridge,_North_Carolina&oldid=729245139

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