Top-Secret Topsail

Eight concrete towers that were built for a government mission are now conspicuous landmarks on Topsail Island. Some are symbols of the Cold War. Others have found a new purpose: as vacation homes.

Surf City swing bridge

The Story of the Swing Bridge at Surf City

At least four generations of travelers have crossed the swing bridge that connects mainland North Carolina to Topsail Island. After so many people and so many years, the bridge has become a landmark. It marks a vacation’s beginning and end. It’s wonderfully out of step. It has a lot of character. And soon, it may be gone.