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




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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.


2015 December Holiday Events in the Brunswick Islands


Brunswick Islands, the up-and-coming beach community that has a little bit of everything, is also the place to go for delightful holiday events.


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There is always so much going on during the holidays. But why not slow down for a day, and take your family to some of these exciting Brunswick Island Events. If you’re wondering what there is to do, here is your quick guide to all the holiday fun happening right here!


2015 December Holiday Events in the Brunswick Islands


Holiday Laser Light & Music Shows

When: Now through Jan. 2, 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Where: 7625 High Market Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Cost: $6–$8

The Ingram Planetarium lights it up right, with two laser light shows sure to please any age. Both shows feature stunning light displays set to the classic holiday tunes we love most during this season. Come enjoy the excitement!


The Great Frozen Candy Cane Hunt

When: Friday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.

Where: Middleton Park, 4700 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC

Cost: FREE

Get those flashlights ready, because it’s time to hunt down some candy canes and glow-in-the-dark eggs! Your kids will enjoy this friendly game, with prizes for every age group. Then grab your blankets and lawn chairs to come watch a special screening of the movie “Frozen.” This will be a holiday treat your kiddos never forget.


Bolivia Christmas Parade

When: Saturday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m.

Where: Bolivia Fire Department Station, 119 Green Lewis Road, Bolivia, NC

Cost: FREE

Get geared up for the holidays! Come out to the Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia between the Brunswick County Complex and the Bolivia Fire Station to enjoy a fun-filled holiday parade. Afterwards, you’re welcome to visit the Bolivia Fire Station for some hot cocoa to warm up.


Victorian Holiday                 

When: Saturday, Dec. 19 from 1–3 p.m.

Where: North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, 204 E. Moore Street, Southport, NC

Cost: $5

Ever wonder why the Christmas tree became popular? Come learn about this and many more interesting holiday factoids at North Carolina’s Maritime Museum’s Victorian Holiday. You and your family will enjoy eating holiday goodies while decorating your own unusual Christmas ornaments.


Christmas Caroling with Santa

When: Dec. 18–24, from 6–10 p.m.

Where: North Market & Water Streets, downtown Wilmington

Cost: $12 for adults, $5 for children

Join Wilmington’s own Horse Drawn Tours for a very special holiday event. You can have a special Christmas carol sing-a-long with Santa and his reindeer while viewing the spectacular lights of downtown Wilmington. So bring your family and cuddle under a blanket to experience a little bit of Christmas magic.


New Year’s Eve Celebration Cruise

When: Thursday, Dec. 31 from 9:30 p.m.—midnight

Where: 101 S Water St #1, Wilmington, NC

Cost: $90

A night of fine dining, romance and relaxation will commence the moment you step on the riverboat, Henrietta III. You will enjoy the beauty of the Cape Fear River as you ring in the New Year in style.


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

October 2015 Events in Brunswick County


Check out all of these exciting October 2015 events in Brunswick County!


october 2015 events in brunswick county

Brunswick County is brimming with plenty of October 2015 events from celebrating the arts to Halloween.


Whether you have a knack for the local arts or are looking for the perfect Halloween event to take your little ones, there are plenty of October 2015 events in Brunswick County! Below you’ll be sure to find something fun to do between Wilmington and Holden Beach!

Riverfest: Art on the River

When: October 2–4, 2015

Where: Riverfront Park, Water Street Wilmington, NC

Admission: Free

Contact: 910-452-6862 // Website

Come out to Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown Wilmington for a three-day, family-friendly festival that features the area’s best in culture and arts. Get ready for local arts and crafts vendors, food, children’s activities, live entertainment, a beer garden, fireworks and the very first annual Miss Riverfest.

Downtown Wilmington Art Blast

When: October 14—18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Downtown Wilmington

Contact: 216-374-8884 // Website

Over 20 local artists come together for this annual event! Come out and enjoy the arts at the ArtWalk street festival, then make sure you don’t miss out on live performances throughout downtown! Expect to see performances of theater, film, literature and more!

Halloween Ghost Trolley

Where: Market and Water Streets, Downtown Wilmington

When: October 23, 24, 29–31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Admission: Ages 12+ — $12, Ages 11 and under — $5

Hop along the Halloween Ghost Trolley to celebrate Halloween like the good old days! As you ride the ghost trolley throughout Market and Water Streets, hear ghost stories and experience the Haunted Barn. No reservation needed!

Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash

Where: 1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC 28401

When: October 27, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Admission: Ages 3+ — $5, Ages 2 and under are free

Contact: 910-251-5797 // Website

Come aboard the Battleship North Carolina for an evening of Halloween fun! Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash is perfect for the family! No scary surprises here! The kids will enjoy trick or treating, a petting zoo, carnival festivities and even a bounce house!

North Carolina Oyster Festival

Where: 8 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach

When: October 17, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. // October 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: Adults—$5, Children ages 8 and below—Free

Contact: 910-754-6644 // Website // mbishop@brunswickcountychamber.org

It’s time to celebrate the beloved oyster! Feast on steamed or fried oysters then head over to the arts and crafts area where you’ll find handmade furniture, stained glass and more. Next to oysters, there will also be a variety of food vendors serving everything from BBQ to crab cakes. Among all the feasting, there will be live beach music as well as competitions like the Oyster Shucking Contest, the Oyster Stew Cook-off and more!

North Carolina Festival By the Sea

Where: 0 Jordan Blvd, Holden Beach, NC 28462

When: October 24, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. // October 25, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Admission: Free

Contact: 910-842-3828

This annual event celebrates the beautiful waterway of Holden Beach! After a parade kicks off the weekend, you’ll find a horseshoe tournament, sandcastle contest, children’s activities like face painting and kite flying as well as live music at the Holden Beach Pavilion.

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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