One of the area’s first and most prominent families and Mother Nature combined to give Porters Neck its name.
The European family that first settled the northeast corner of New Hanover County was the Porters, and John Porter’s land grant dates to the 1720s, said Joe Sheppard with the local history staff at the New Hanover County Public Library.
Porter established a rice plantation, which like others around the Cape Fear region soon included other crops.
Although the original plantation house no longer exists, some of the plantation holdings remain in the family’s hands.
And neck is a common geographic term in English-speaking countries to describe a narrow stretch of land or an isthmus that connects two other landmasses.
While the area now known as Porters Neck doesn’t connect to anything, it is squeezed between three bodies of water — Pages Creek, Futch Creek and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today Porters Neck is one of the fastest-growing parts of the region, with several large subdivisions sprouting amid the forests and fields that still dot the area. That includes the Porters Neck Plantation golf course community.
The area is also becoming a bustling commercial area serving residents of coastal New Hanover and Pender counties, a development that’s hastened with the opening of the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass.
Date posted: July 28, 2009
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