Orton Plantation, Wilmington

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Off NC Route 133 15 miles south of Wilmington.

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  • The Orton Plantation Home
    The Orton Plantation Home
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  • The entrance, lined with live oaks
    The entrance, lined with live oaks
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  • Some of the magnificent gardens
    Some of the magnificent gardens
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    Orton Plantation

    by 807Wheaton Updated Apr 9, 2005

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    April Gardens at Orton Plantation

    One of the main attractions in the Wilmington area is a visit to Orton Plantation. We visited in the spring when it is just breathtakingly beautiful there.
    The house is a private residence but the grounds and gardens are open for tours.
    The informal gardens are on 20 acres of the former rice plantation. It just drips "south" here with enormous live oaks and the overall landscaping.
    A tour around the gardens takes about one hour.
    The grounds at Orton are also a premier bird watching location.

    Open March through August 8 to6
    and September through December 10 to 5
    Cost is $9 adult, $8 Seniors and $3 Children.

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    • Birdwatching

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  • Orton Plantation is now under private ownership

    by GiGiB Written Mar 25, 2012

    This beautiful plantation is currently not open to the public. Louis Moore Bacon, a descendant of the family that built the property, bought Orton Plantation late in 2010. It has been closed for renovations since June 2010.

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    Orton Plantation

    by Easty Written Aug 26, 2002

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    A historic southern plantation along the banks of the Cape Fear River. The house and the grounds are just beautiful. A prime example of 19th Century south.

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    Orton Plantation Home

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 9, 2006
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    One of the most beautiful Southern manor houses, with some of the finest gardens, that I've ever seen. Built in 1725, it was later the home of North Carolina governor Benjamin Smith.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

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