Varnamtown is centrally located in Southern Brunswick County, just to the north of the beach communities of Oak Island & Holden Beach. The town is situated on the banks of the Lockwood Folly River and retains its identity as a fishing community.
The Town of Varnamtown has historically enjoyed a single family, rural lifestyle.
To provide a safe, quiet environment for residents to raise their families and enjoy the natural beauty of our area.
To seek sustainable growth and protect the natural resources that make Varnamtown unique.
Varnamtown was named after the Varnam family. Members of the family first came to the North Carolina coast from New England and have lived in and around the Varnamtown area for 200 years.
Members of the Varnam family came to the North Carolina Coast from the maritime part of New England. Other families, including Dixons and Galloways also settled the area. They have lived in and around the area for 200 years, many working as fishermen, vessel captains, and boat builders.
In the early 1900's W. Harry Varnam opened a store along the river, which received freight and supplies from Wilmington. The North Carolina Highway Department erected a sign on Stanbury Road that read "Varnam's 1 Mile," referring to the distance from the sign to the store.
Garland "Honey" Varnam opens the first fish house on the Lockwood Folly River on October 1st, 1954. Over the years, many would follow his lead, resulting in Varnamtown's lasting identity as a quaint fishing village.
On October 15th, 1954, Hurricane Hazel brings record-breaking wind and storm surge to the Carolina Coast, destroying most of the structures along the Lockwood Folly river. Honey Varnam's fish house was destroyed in the storm and rebuilt in its current location.
Varnamtown incorporated as a municipality in 1988. All but 4 residents voted to incorporate as a town. As of the 2020 census, the population of Varnamtown is 603.
The park, with event, playground, and baseball facilities, as well as ample parking, lighting, and bathrooms, was completed in 1998 to honor Jesse R. Caison.
Varnamtown's first boat ramp was constructed, funded by a grant from the NC Resources Commission.