New bed and breakfast opens in Southport
March 20, 2009By Josh Spilker
A new bed and breakfast in Southport is named in honor of southeastern North Carolina author, Robert Ruark. Named the Robert Ruark Inn, the home at 119 N. Lord Street in downtown Southport was once owned by Ruark’s grandfather. The home has been opened since January and some guests have come because of the namesake.
“We’ve had people stay there because of Robert Ruark,” said owner Jeff Ward.
The 3,500 square foot home features four different rooms, and two larger rooms with balcony views. The centerpiece is a large magnolia tree that Ward says is mentioned in a Ruark story.
There is also a dining room and living room area and is within walking distance of downtown Southport. Ward is the owner of the Cornerstone Building Co. and often does historic home renovations.
“I bought it thinking maybe fixing it up and living in it,” Ward said. “We decided to turn it into a bed and breakfast.”