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The Grove
Franklin Square Park
Howe & E. West Sts.
Southport, NC

(910) 457-7927
(800) 388-9635

Shaded by centuries-old live oaks and aflame with color in spring, this is a park to savor — a place in which to absorb the spirit of old Smithville. The walls and entrances that embrace The Grove were constructed of ballast stones used in ships more than 100 years ago. Set back among the oaks, stately Franklin Square Gallery was once a schoolhouse and then City Hall and now is an art gallery displaying art in several media. The park is a place to indulge in local legend by taking a drink of well water from the old pump — a sip that is sure to take you back to a simpler time.


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