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  • Monument Name

    Theophilus Weeks Marker, Swansboro

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Civic Figures

  • Creator

    Duane Creech, Builder

    Douglas C. Parker, Designer

  • City

    Swansboro

  • County

    Onslow

  • Description

    This monument is composed of a 3-foot-tall ballast stone base with plaques. One plaque is a bas-relief of Weeks doing his duties as inspector of exports for the Bogue Inlet, and the other plaque includes biographical text.

  • Inscription

    Front: THEOPHILUS WEEKS / BORN AT FALMOUTH, MASS., IN 1708 / DIED AT SWANSBORO, N.C., IN 1772 / FOUNDER OF THE TOWN OF SWANSBORO / INSPECTOR OF EXPORTS FOR BOGUE INLET. / 1757 - 1772 / SERGEANT IN THE / ONSLOW REGIMENT OF MILITIA, 1754 / PLANTER AND INNKEEPER / BUILDER / DOUGLAS C. PARKER / SPONSORED BY / THE WEEKS DESCENDANTS AND / SWANSBORO'S 200TH ANNIVERSARY / CELEBRATION COMMITTEE / JULY 4TH, 1983

  • Custodian

    Town of Swansboro

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1983

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.687800 , -77.117050 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Swansboro, North Carolina History, a Small Colonial Village by the Sea," (accessed June 15, 2014) Link

      "Theophilus Weeks - Founder of the town of Swansboro, NC," Waymarking.com, (accessed June 10, 2014) Link

      A day to honor the founding of our nation and the founder of our town : souvenir booklet, (Swansboro, NC: Swansboro 200th Anniversary Celebration Committee, 1983)

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze plaque, Ballast stone base

  • Sponsors

    The descendants of Theophilus Weeks and Swansboro's 200th Anniversary Celebration Committee

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Swansboro, N.C., celebrated its bicentennial on Independence Day, 1983, by reenacting the July 4, 1860 celebration, as reported in the July 14, 1860 issue of the New Bern Weekly Progress. The town's founder, Theophilus Weeks, was also remembered when a monument was unveiled in his honor.

    Program for the Unveiling Ceremony for the/ Theophilus Weeks Memorial/ Swansboro Bicentennial Park-1:30 P.M./ Invocation—The Rev. Clyde E. Baucom/ Flag Presentation—Mr. Lewis Renn: Representing Congressman Charles Whitely/ Flag raising—Vince Morton/ “The Star-Spangled Banner”—National Anthem: Audience and Anne Conder Shuller with the Swansboro Bicentennial Choral Society/ Welcome—The Hon. Andrew D. Ennett III: Mayor of Swansboro/ Sketch of the Life of Theophilus Weeks—Tucker R. Littleton: Chairman, Swansboro’s 200th Anniversary Celebration Committee/ Introduction of the Sulptor and the Weeks Descendant—Tucker R. Littleton/ Unveiling—Douglas C. Parker and Ralph W. Weeks/ Salute—3rd Section, Zbattery ZB, 3rd North Carolina Battalion of Light Artillery/ “America the Beautiful”—Samuel A. Ward: Audience and Anne Conder Shuller with the Swansboro Bicentennial Choral Society

  • Subject Notes

    Theophilus Weeks was the founder of Swansboro where this marker is located.

  • Location

    This monument is located in Bicentennial Park, which is on the waterfront in Swansboro, N.C. along the White Oak River at the base of the NC Highway 24 bridge into town. The monument is in the same park as the Otway Burns, Jr. statue.

  • Landscape

    The monument is in a small, well-kept city park next to the water.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The monument is an attraction and feature of Bicentennial Park along White Oak River. The area is also used as a local fishing spot.

  • Approval Process

    The memorial was commissioned by Swansboro’s 200th anniversary committee on March, 8, 1983.

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