The Town of Shallotte, located along the Shallotte River, was incorporated on March 6, 1899. Prior settlement of the area dated back to around 1750 with an earlier reference to the River and the Town as early as 1734. In the early years, residents relied on agriculture, fishing and a bustling waterfront full of flatboats, rafts, and other small watercrafts used to transport goods to and from this rural part of Brunswick County. According to some accounts, the Town received its name from a traveler who crossed the river by ferry and referred to the river as "Charlotte" River. The Charlotte River later took on the name of the Shallotte River. The Town was later called Shallott.
Today, the Town is commonly referred to as the "commerical hub" of Brunswick County offering such major retailers as Office Depot, Wal-Mart, Belk Department Store, Home Depot and Lowes Home Improvement in addition to numerous smaller retail outlets, restaurants, doctor and dentist offices and other commercial enterprises. Shallotte is centered almost directly between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC, with the drive to either city being roughly 30 to 40 minutes. If the Brunswick County beaches are your destination, Shallotte is approximately 10 minutes from Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, and Sunset Beach. While Shallotte is still considered a small town, it has a lot of amenities that larger cities provide.