A History Lover’s Guide to Wilmington, NC


It’s time to brush up on your history! From the plantation to the theater, explore all the historical places in Wilmington, NC


Bellamy Mansion, one of the historic places to visit while in Wilmington, NC. {Photo Credit}

Bellamy Mansion, one of the historic places to visit while in Wilmington, NC. {Photo Credit}


Wilmington, NC is brimming with rich history! Did you know that the manor house of the Poplar Grove Plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places? If you’re making a stop in Wilmington, NC, take a glimpse into this region’s history by visiting one or all of these amazing places.



Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, NC is a historical treasure! Make sure to check it out!

Built on the eve of the Civil War, the Bellamy Mansion still stands today. What was built as a home for John Dillard Bellamy, his wife and nine children, now serves as a historical museum. Gardens and magnolia trees surround the 10,000-square foot home. Get a glimpse into the past when you tour the Mansion as well as the restored Slave Quarters.

503 Market St

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A beautifully preserved theater and local gem, don’t miss out on Thalian Hall in Wilmington, NC!

A gem of Wilmington’s cultural and political heritage, Thalian Hall is one of the oldest performing arts theaters in the United States. Thalian Hall was a place for entertainment during the Civil War. After lending its stage to artists like Lillian Russell, Buffalo Bill Cody and Joseph Johnson, several renovations were made throughout the 20th century. Now Thalian Hall hosts 422 annual events and is looking to expand and renovate the historic hall. Thalian Hall is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

310 Chestnut St Wilmington, NC

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Stroll along the decks and marvel at the grand Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, NC!

Battleship North Carolina showcases exhibits of the young men who served the U.S. during World War II. The ship is filled with exhibits that showcase the stories of these brave men as they journeyed to serve the U.S.

1 Battleship Rd. NE




Watch a video to get an up close look of the USS North Carolina Battleship:


Check out Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC — and step back in time!

Poplar Grove Plantation is the location of one of the oldest surviving peanut plantations in North Carolina as well as the Manor House—a site recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Poplar Grove Plantation was home to the Foy family for over five generations. Guides in period attire lead you through the 1850-era manor house. Don’t miss out on activities like basket weaving and wagon rides perfect for the whole family!

10200 US Hwy. 17 N Wilmington, NC

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Watch this video to learn about their permanent exhibit, ‘From Civil War to Civil Rights.


Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival in Kure Beach


This annual event is not be missed! Make sure you you head to the 22nd Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival in Kure Beach for a weekend of fun!


22nd Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival in Kure Beach

The 22nd Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival in Kure Beach is a must-see event!

Local seafood and the best in blues and jazz come together for the annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival! Bring your lawn chair, and get ready for a weekend of fun! Along with the delicious food and live music, there will be an Arts and Wine Garden, crafts and wine tasting. The kids will enjoy the magicians, face painting and more!


October 10-11

Gates open at 11 a.m. each day, bands begin at 12:30


118 Riverfront Road, Fort Fisher Air Force Recreational Area. Kure Beach.


Advance 2-Day Tickets—$50

Saturday Only—$60

Sunday Only—$25

Children 12 and under—Free


(910) 458-8434 or Click Here

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October 2015 Events in Brunswick County

Historical Places in Wilmington, NC


It’s time to brush up on your history! From the plantation to the mansions, explore all the historic places in Wilmington, NC


bellamy mansion historic wilmington nc

Bellamy Mansion, one of the historic places to visit while in Wilmington, NC. {Photo Credit}


Old Baldy Lighthouse


Old Baldy Lighthouse is a historical landmark. Here’s a brief history on this magnificent piece of history.


old baldy lighthouse

Old Baldy Lighthouse, a historical landmark

For nearly 200 years, Old Baldy Lighthouse has stood majestically over North Carolina. Meant to illuminate the waters of the Cape Fear River entrance for sailors, Old Baldy Lighthouse soon became a light for the Frying Pan Shoals. Named after worn down dunes resembling a bald head, Old Baldy was originally all-white of plaster covering red brick, but since the lighthouse’s deactivation in 1935, Baldy looks more like a patchy quilt. All who visit are amazed, as they’ll discover Old Baldy in its original form and location.


1817—Old Baldy was built and first illuminated

1834—Its lighting signal changed to flash red with a 30-second delay

1879—Old Baldy was relit after being darkened during the Civil War

1893—New lamps were installed changing the light from red to white

1903—Was initiated as a fourth order fixed light with the activation of Cape Fear Lighthouse Station

until 1935—The U.S. Coast Guard used its Oil House as a radio transmitter during World War II.

1935—Old Baldy was deactivated

1975—Old Baldy was added to the National Register of Historic Places

1988—Relit and no longer a navigational aid

1995—Reopened after renovations.

2017—Old Baldy will be 200 years old.



  • Originally powered by 15 lamps
  • Whale oil fueled its hollow wick lamps
  • Walls are 5 feet thick
  • 108 steps
  • 110 feet tall
  • One door
  • Has octagon shape


    From Southport, take the Bald Head Island Passenger Ferry. For the full ferry schedule and prices click here.

    Enter The Smith Island Museum of History at Keeper’s Cottage to purchase admission stickers to tour the lighthouse.


    Adults (13+)—$6

    Children (3–12)—$3

    Ages 0–2—FREE


    (910) 457-7481



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    Here are Things to Do in Oak Island, NC



    Things To Do in Oak Island, NC


    Check out these awesome activities in and nearby Oak Island, NC!

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    Experience a view of the Brunswick Islands like you’ve never seen it before! High Tide Helicopters offers several tours that soar over different parts of the area, but all providing incredible vistas of  both the land and see. The tours include:


    Beach Lover (100 miles) Covers everything in the Cape Fear Region from the USS North Carolina Battleship to Fort Fisher to Downtown Wilmington to Oak Island

    Cape Fear Passport or USS NC Battleship (50 miles)— Witness Bald Head Island, Fort Fisher and Carolina Beach (Cape Fear Passport) OR the Cape Fear River to see the historic warship in Downtown Wilmington (USS NC Battleship)

    Bald Head Island Tour (30 miles)— Starts at both lighthouses then out into the point of Cape Fear

    Lighthouse Tour (20 miles)— Fly over Old Baldy, the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina, Fort Caswell and Oak Island Lighthouse

    Safe Haven Beach Tour or Beach Tour (10 miles)— Over Historic Southport where Save Haven was filmed OR fly down the Oak Island coast


    High Tide Helicopters also offers FLIGHT TRAINING at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport!

    Call 910-477-1926 to make a reservation!


    Hide Tide Helicopters
    Cape Fear Regional Jetport
    4009 Airport Road SE
    Oak Island, NC


    Although the actual Silver Coast Winery is located in Ocean Isle Beach, NC (about 30 minutes from Southport), there is a beautiful Tasting Room in Downtown Southport where you can sample wines that have earned Silver Coast more than 300 local and international medals.

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    The Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room offers multiple special tastings and events:

    Wine Tastings

    Enjoy samples or wine by the glass as you mingle with family, friends and a welcoming staff as well as their beautiful shop!

    Wine Down Fridays

    Enjoy a Silver Coast Drink Special every Friday at the Tasting Room!

    “Open Mike”

    Join your host Mike Wilkins as original artists perform songs, display their art and read poetry and spoken word. Every Tuesday from 6–10 p.m.

    Craft Beer Tastings

    7 days a week you can sample great craft beer or purchase by the glass or pint!


    SAVE with the coupon below on your visit to Silver Coast!


    Monday–Saturday – 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday – 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
    Friday – 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
    Sunday – 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.



    105 South Howe Street
    Southport, NC


    Places to Shop in Southport, NC


    Browse through these local shops while visiting Southport for some unique gifts!

    beach accessories

    Bullfrog Corner

    101 East Moore Street, Southport, NC  /  910-454-9300

    • Wide variety of gifts
    • Collectibles
    • Artwork
    • Much more!


    Cape Fear Jewelers

    102 East Moore Street, Southport, NC / 910-457-5299

    • Original nautical designs
    • Gold, Platinum and Sterling Silver
    • Full selection of charms
    • North Carolina destination bracelets
    • Bridal and Diamond Jewelry Department


    Christmas House

    104 West Moore Street, Southport, NC  /  910-457-5166

    • Santa’s Toy Shop
    • Children’s Books
    • Custom wreaths
    • Garlands
    • Swags
    • Old fashioned candy
    • Everything Christmas!


    Eagles Beachwear

    5802 East Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC  /  910-278-7550 (About 12 minutes from Southport)

    • Men’s sweatshirts/longsleeves/tanks/t-shirts/pants/shorts/swimwear/footwear
    • Women’s sweatshirts/longsleeves/tanks/t-shirts/dresses/cover-ups/pants/shorts/swimwear/footwear
    • Kid’s apparel/swimwear/footwear/toys/floaties
    • Beach accessories
    • Beach gear
    • Souvenirs


    SAVE with the coupon below on your visit to Eagles Beachwear!

    Check out these fun things to do in and nearby Southport!