Q. There is a small community between Holden Beach and Shallotte called “Civie Town” and the state and others spell it on maps as “Sivey Town.” Is there any information on the origin and correct spelling of the name?
A. The correct spelling of the unincorporated community is Civietown.
Civietown, located along Holden Beach Road, or N.C. 130, is about five miles from the town of Shallotte heading toward the Oxpen and Holden Beach areas of Brunswick County.
A wealth of information about Civietown and other unincorporated Brunswick County communities with curious names like Red Bug and Grissettown is available in a study completed in 2010 on Unincorporated Communities by the county Planning and Community Development Department.
There is also a survey of historic cemeteries in the same report prepared by the county Geographic Information Systems Department.
The report advances several theories as to why community is called Civietown.
“Area residents recall differing versions of how Civietown received its name. One version refers to stores owned by the Fulford and Evans families. The other version refers to a story of a man who owned fields of sea weed (known as) “seve” beans in the area, the report says.
“According to local legend, when the man was not around to tend to his sea weed bean crop, the beans would be taken without any compensation. When the man returned to find that someone had stolen a portion of his ‘seve’ bean crop, he would send word throughout the community for people to stop stealing his ‘seve’ beans,” it continues.
“Over time ‘seve’ (from the bean) became known as civie, hence the community name Civietown,” the report says.
To access the report, go to http://www.brunsco.net and then click on the “I Want To” tab, then click on the “Learn About” tab, and finally click on the “Historical Survey” option to find the report.
Date posted: January 8, 2013
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