Wilmington's Historic River District and Island Beaches boast a bounty of extraordinary experiences from the river to the sea. Surrounded by water, history, and natural beauty, see why Hollywood filmmakers have logged more than 400 film-related credits here, including the largest production to date, Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3.
Walk outside along the nearly two-mile-long Riverwalk which offers a refreshing lineup of boutiques, pubs, cafes, and a vibrant nightlife that overlook the Cape Fear River. On another day enjoy island time only a few minutes away at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and/or Wrightsville Beach. From sweet surf spots in a place named one of the world's best surf towns to an oceanfront Boardwalk famous for family-friendly entertainment to an award-winning aquarium, it's all available in Wilmington and her nearby island beaches.
this beautiful greek revival mansion was built in 1906 by elizabeth bridges the widow of preston bridges. preston bridges' father was the founder of the wilmington railroad and a confederate congressman. the bridges's mansion is now a bed & breakfast inn. for more information see the attached web site.
The monstrous Cape Fear Memorial Bridge was constructed over the Cape Fear River near downtown Wilmington in 1969. This is the highest bridge in North Carolina, and it features a steel vertical lift that can raise a 100 foot section of the road surface some 135 feet. This 3,000 foot span carries U.S. Route 17 Business, U.S. Route 76, and U.S. Route 421. The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge also carries some 46,000 cars each day.
the first baptist church was established in 1808. the present first baptish church was built in 1870. this beautiful early english gothic revival building was designed by architect samual sloan. the first baptist church is one of several architecturally significant churches in downtown wilmington.
the j.w. murchison house was built in 1878 in the second empire style. the house was built by james walker, a wilmington contractor. the j.w. murchison house is one of scores of beautiful post civil war homes in downtown wilmington. today the murchison house is a bed & breakfast inn. for more information see the attached web site.
located on the grounds of st. james church is st. james cemetery. this historic cemetery is the final resting place of many of wilmington's influencial citizens. thomas godfrey, the author of "the prince of parthia" is buried here as well as major george washington glover, and cornelius harnett. st. james cemetery is worth a visit for those interested in american history when in downtown wilmington.
this massive mansion was built in 1847. the john a. taylor house was designed by architect benjamin gardner. this house was once the wilmington armory and now is part of the wilmington first baptist church. the john a. taylor house is one of several historic homes on market street in downtown wilmington.
this beautiful brick building was built in 1892. the courthouse was designed by architect a. s. eichberg in the queen anne style. the new hanover county courthouse is one of a number architectually significant public buildings in downtown wilmington. today the new hanover county courthouse is home to the wilmington visitor center. a good first stop on a visit to wilmington to get maps and information for the attractions of wilmington and the cape fear river region.
st. james church is one of several historic and architecturally significant churches in downtown wilmington. st. james church was founded in 1729. the original st. james church was built in 1751. during the revolutionary war british general cornwallis' troops occupied st. james church. the current neo-gothic st. james church was built in 1839. in 1865 st. james church was a hospital during the union occupation of wilmington. st. james church is well worth a visit when in downtown wilmington.
this interesting confederate civil war memorial was funded by gabriel boney in 1927. this unique memorial is located on a median on south 3 rd street (US 17). this memorial is one of very few privately funded confederate memorials in the south.
the wilmington trolley tour is a good way to learn about the history and architecture of wilmington. the tours last 45 minutes and cover many of the historic attractions of downtown wilmington. the tours leave 15 s. water street at 10:00 AM and on the hour there after. for more information see the attached web site.
a fun thing to do is to take the henrietta III river boat cruise. the henrietta III is named after the henrietta steam boat that was launched in wilmington in 1818. the original henrietta carried freight and passengers on the cape fear river between wilmington and fayetteville for over 40 years. today you can take the replica steam boat henrietta for lunch and dinner cruises on the cape fear river. for admission and times see the attached web site.
this beautiful georgian townhouse was built by john burgwin in 1770. this home is considered the finest example of a colonial home in the cape fear region. burgwin was a wealthy merchant, planter, and colonial official. the burgwin-wright house has a beautiful english formal garden and terraced garden. the burgwin house is furnished with 18 th and early 19 th century antiques. for those interested in architecture and colonial history the burgwin-wright house is well worth a visit in downtown wilmington. the burgwin-wright house is open to the public by tour. for admission and times see the attached web site.
the current city market complex is located in the historic old wilmington city market building. the city market is located in the heart of wilmington's downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment area. city market's collection of shops in worth checking out when in downtown wilmington. for a list of shops see the attached web site.
the bellamy mansion was built in the greek revival-italianate style in 1861 by james post. the mansion is named after dr. john bellamy who later purchased the home. during the occupation of wilmington the house served as the headquarters of union general john schofield. on the grounds of the mansion is a large slave out building. today the bellamy mansion is a museum and is open to the public. for those interested in architecture, art, and southern history the bellamy mansion should not be missed on a visit to wilmington.
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