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    george davis statue

    by doug48 Updated Nov 18, 2010

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    george davis was a confederate senator and the last attorney general of the confederacy. davis was captured by the union in key west florida in october 1865 and was sent to prison at fort hamilton in brooklyn new york. he was pardoned in 1866 and returned to wilmington to practice law. during world war II the liberty ship u. s. s. george davis was named in his honor.

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    cornelius harnett monument

    by doug48 Updated Nov 18, 2010

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    cornelius harnett was a revolutionary war leader in the cape fear region. harnett was the chairman of the sons of liberty and was a member of the continental congress between 1777 and 1779. in 1781 he was captured by the british during the occupation of wilmington.

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  • Tour Old Wilmington

    by rustyrose Updated Apr 18, 2010

    Tour Old Wilmington is a new tour company in Wilmington NC. They have done their homework and really know some fun and interesting stories about Wilmington and the Cape Fear area.

    We went on a walking tour which was great. About an hour and worth the money. I understand that they also provide step on tours for bus groups and have special tours for retirement homes.
    I would highly recommend them.
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    Bella R.

    Step back in time with Lori and Rusty
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    Downtown Wilmington

    by Ewingjr98 Written Aug 27, 2009

    Wilmington, located on the Cape Fear River, was established in 1739 and today has a population of about 100,000 in the city. Wilmington has a large, 300-block historic district downtown, along with a popular Riverwalk.

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    Burgwin-Wright House

    by msbrandysue Written Mar 16, 2009

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    When I knew we'd be going into Wilmington I went ahead and ordered a brochure through Wilmington's Travel Bureau. It contains Wilmington and the surrounding areas. It has a TON of things to do and see. I'm a very sequential person so I like to start at the top of the list. Well, it's alphabetical so the Burgwin-Wright House was at the top. :)

    It is a very well-kept, beautiful house. I provided a picture of the historical marker for the history of it. I think North Carolinians might be more interested. Nonetheless, it is open for tours. Since we went on the day after Christmas it was not open, although, it is open almost year-round (unlike most of the houses). They have a big garden area that would be nice to see in the spring.

    It's also very close to Downtown. It's on Market St. so all you have to do is walk about 2-3 blocks up. Very easy to find!

    Open Tuesday-Saturday
    10am-4pm
    $10.00 Adults
    $5.00 Children 5-12
    Last Tour starts at 3pm

    Lucas Getting up the Steps The Gardens (Taken in Winter)

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    Horsedrawn Carriage Tours

    by msbrandysue Written Mar 10, 2009

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    When I arrived in Downtown Wilmington I immediately saw the horsedrawn carriage trolley. I was a bit tired of walking as I'd already spent hours on the Battleship NC and I was hoping my family would go for the idea. Unfortunately, I wasn't so lucky. Instead I ended up on a bench resting watching others seem to have a great time. The tour website says there are all sorts of areas of Downtown they visit with a guide as your driver. The horses are beautiful!

    Daily Service:
    Continuous 1/2 hour tours
    No reservations
    April - October:
    Daily: 10AM - 10PM
    Nov, - Mar:
    Sun-Thur: 11AM - 4PM
    Fri & Sat: 11AM - 10PM
    Weather Permitting, please call

    Fee: Adults: $12.00, Child under 12: $5.00

    Private Service:
    Private carriage available year round. Call for quote and reservation:.

    Special Services:
    Bed & breakfast/restaurant service, weddings, private groups, proposals, proms, birthdays, anniversaries, Halloween haunted barn ride, Christmas caroling with Santa and reindeer, and Valentine's coach.

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    Sightseeing Tours on the Water

    by msbrandysue Written Mar 7, 2009

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    Henrietta III is the steamboat you see usually parked on the riverwalk. It leaves a few times a day and offers meals while seeing the Cape Fear River. They offer a Friday and Saturday night dinner and dancing cruise each week. My favorite would have to be the Sunset Tour.

    It also offers special outtings like Mother's Day cruises and Valentine's Day dinners. It's also available for weddings so if you're really wanting to go make sure it hasn't been reserved for the day.

    The HENRIETTA III Cruises depart from Water & Dock Streets. All Cruises board thirty minutes prior to departure. Public Parking can be found at various specified locations around Historic Downtown Wilmington. Public cruises go out rain or shine, April through December, and Private Charters cruise year round.

    A bit of History: Seawell named the boat for his daughter HENRIETTA. HENRIETTA was launched April 30, 1818 under the command of Captain Charles Taws. Her first run from Fayetteville to Wilmington was in July 1818. She ran the river between Wilmington and Fayetteville for forty years. When she was retired from service, she had run at least one and one-half million miles on the Cape Fear River and had earned no less than one and one-half million dollars for her owners.

    Prices for the dinner cruises for two are about $50. Lunch and sightseeing is about $25. Just a narrated cruise is $10.

    The HENRIETTA III Cruises depart from Water & Dock Streets. All Cruises board thirty minutes prior to departure. Public Parking can be found at various specified locations around Historic Downtown Wilmington. Public cruises go out rain or shine, April through December, and Private Charters cruise year round.

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    Historic Downtown Wilmington

    by msbrandysue Updated Feb 15, 2009

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    Historic Downtown was probably my favorite part of the trip. In the intersection of Market St (the main street) and 3rd street is a bunch of shops. They range from coffee shops to ice cream shops to clothing stores and art galleries. There are people drinking coffee at small tables and some getting a bite to eat. Others are walking around while some are on the benches taking it all in. And you'll see the big, beautiful horses carrying the tourist trolley around.

    It's fun to watch it all and explore. Don't miss it!

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    The Riverwalk

    by MovingMere Written Feb 3, 2008

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    Walk along the beautiful Cape Fear River on the perimeter of downtown Wilmington. As the area still serves as a commercial port, the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $7.5 million for berth construction at the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City to serve as a major port.

    Full of restaurants, shops, and places to sleep, the Riverwalk is a great way to spend an evening in Wilmington after a day at the beach. From June to August, there is live music on Saturday and Sunday nights on the Riverfront Stage. Also during the summer, on the third Sundays from 4 to 7, the Sundown Shindig crowds the streets with merchants, food vendors and entertainment.

    The sunset over the river is especially beautiful and romantic; one of my favorite memories of the area is getting to see a proposal on a restaurant balcony with the sunset as the backdrop.

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    Horse-Drawn Trolley & Carriage Tours

    by MovingMere Written Feb 3, 2008

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    Relatively inexpensive, these half-hour tours offer a fun way to see Wilmington.

    Seasonal specials include a Valentine's Day ride in a French evening coach and the Halloween Ghost Trolley ride. You can also reserve a carriage for a special occasion such as a wedding. Reservations not required but I believe are accepted.

    From April through October, tours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 10 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM. In November, December and March, they are Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM. Call for January and February hours.

    $11 for adults and $5 for children age 11 and younger.

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    Haunted Pub Crawl

    by MovingMere Updated Feb 3, 2008

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    A warmer alternative to the Ghost Walk during the winter months. Bar hop around Wilmington with a guide who will share spooky stories of each establishment. Drinks are not included in the tour price, but some bars offer a special Haunted Pub beer on tap.

    Cost is $15 per adult and reservations are required. The tour begins at 7:30 PM. Nights vary according to season, so it's best to call the number above for the most current schedule. (I think it happens at least every Saturday night).

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    Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington

    by MovingMere Written Feb 3, 2008

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    The last time I went to Wilmington and we wanted to do this, it was off season and not available, so I don't know if this is a tourist trap or a thing to do, but it sounds pretty fun. A guide takes you on a walking tour of the town that includes ghost stories and inexplicable happenings.

    This seems to be a better deal than the Haunted Pub Crawl - it's $3 cheaper and the beers in the Pub Crawl aren't included in the $15 price.

    During peak season, April through October, tours are held nightly at 8:30 PM, plus Tuesday through Saturday at 6:30 PM. At the end of fall and beginning of spring in November and March, tours are held Tuesday through Saturday at 6:30 PM. In December, January and February, they are only Thursday through Saturday at 6:30 PM. Times may vary on Halloween.

    $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and military. Free for those 6 and younger. Call ahead for large groups.

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    Beach

    by Travmad Updated Feb 2, 2008

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    There are nice beaches in the Carolina beach area. I like the fact that you can take your dog with you for the day with no dramas. Good shell picking and the fishing could be too. Depends on your luck.

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    Name that Statue..... #2

    by davecallahan Updated Feb 23, 2007

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    There are a lot of these one-off statues around the Wilmington-Wrightsville area. Other cities tend to bunch them all together in a park. But in Wilmington, you have to go find them.

    This one is on Third Street.

    It is the Gabriel Boney Monument dedicated to the memory of the great things the Confederacy did (erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy).
    Boney (whose mother was Mary Garrison of the Wilmington area) died in battle. He is depicted defending his fallen comrade; brave to the end.

    There is a very nice dedication on the base of this statue; I will leave it up to you to find it and read it.

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    Name that Statue..... #1

    by davecallahan Updated Feb 23, 2007

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    There are a lot of these one-off statues around the Wilmington-Wrightsville area. They are all natives or long-time inhabitants who have been famous.

    This statue was on Market Street, right down from the IHOP.

    It is of George Davis.
    He was a native Wilmingtonian who became a successful lawyer and represented the Wilmington-Weldon Railroad Company. During the U.S. Civil War, he was a senator and attorney general for the Confederate Congress under Jefferson Davis (no relation). After the War, he was captured and imprisoned (less than a year) for his war activities and finally returned to law practice in Wilmington.

    So next time you are Wilmington, pay your respects to good ole George.

    George Davis 1820-1896
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