Montague is a mile or two east of Currie, NC and just west of Hwy 421, that leads to Wilmington , in the southeastern part of the state. The Postal employee at Currie (zip code 28435) gave us directions. It is situated near the intersection of Montague Rd. and Orr Farm Rd.
Montague is in SW Pender County. Prior to 1870 it was New Hanover County . The area was named for a local resident, Dr. Montague.
We talked to a Hattie Squires at the nearby Moores Creek National Battlefield. The Parks Service preserves this area because of its importance during the war of 1776. The battle at Moores Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776 helped forestall the British invasion of the South. Hattie was able to obtain a history book on Pender County , for us, which contains pictures of the old Free Will Church and the Saint Augustine Church at Montague. In it the Montague School (1905) is pictured with the teacher and all the students. Two children with the name Montague are included in the photo. Early county records show a Charles Montague and a Patrick Montague owned land in 1836, 1853, and 1873.
The country still has some farming of tobacco, cotton, and corn, but most of the land is becoming more rural residential in areas. Today there are a couple signs indicating the old town site of Montague and there are a few road signs reading Montague.
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