A possible explanation lies in buildings located in Supply by the late 1800s.
In 1902, Supply had six stores, two turpentine distilleries, two sawmills and a cotton gin, according to a 2010 study on the history of unincorporated communities and cemeteries in Brunswick County prepared jointly by the county Planning and Community Development Department and the Geographic Information Systems Department.
By the early 1800s, the historic Old Town of Brunswick was almost completely abandoned and “had become nothing more than a memory,” according to the study.
“If another town was to replace the old, the new site of the courthouse at Lockwood’s Folly was the logical location,” the study said.
Supply is located at the intersection of Ocean Highway (U.S. 17), Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) and Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211), near the geographic center of Brunswick County.
In the early 1800s, roads were constructed from Wilmington to Shallotte and into Georgetown, S.C., an important naval stores center.
“These roads were mostly sand and nearly impassable; therefore, river trade was the easiest way mode of transportation. A trading post was established in the 1820s well up the Lockwood Folly River, near the new road between Wilmington and Shallotte. This trading post was originally called the ‘Old Georgetown Way,’ even shortened to ‘Old G.W.,’ but locals finally named it Supply in the late 1860s. As late as 1898, Supply was listed on a post office update called Lockwood’s Folly,” the study said.
The courthouse was located in Lockwood’s Folly from 1805 to 1810. A post office was established there temporarily in 1837, and again in 1857 and 1858.
“A trading center developed to supply the needs of the neighboring inhabitants. For obvious reasons it was called ‘Supply,’” the study said.
Stone Chimney Road, which intersects with U.S. 17 and Southport-Supply Road, may have been named from a chimney attached to one of the aforementioned structures that were built at the settlement.
No further information on the origin of the road name was immediately available.
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Date posted: February 26, 2013
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