PUBLIC HISTORY IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA

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Moores Creek battlefield

Documenting early success by Patriots over Loyalists in Southeastern North Carolina, this battlefield also demonstrates the importance of the Pine Tree to the colonial economy

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Bellamy Mansion Museum of Design and Arts

Constructed shortly before the Civil War by free and slave labor, the Bellamy Mansion offers detailed guided tours

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Cape Fear Museum

The Cape Fear Museum "collects, preserves, and interprets objects relating to the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear"

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Lower Cape Fear Historical Society

Located in the Latimer House, their online archives have rich local records from the 18th century

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The National Trust For Historic Preservation has named Wilmington one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2008

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Brunswick Town & Fort Anderson

Brunswick Town presents fascinating remains of a colonial settlement.  Fort Anderson was constructed on this site during the Civil War

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Burgwin-Wright House Museum and Gardens

Built in 1770 and occupied by Cornwallis during the Revolution, tours today show off colonial living and beautiful walled gardens

 

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Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum

Apart from a lovely restaurant, the art museum often exhibits historically significant displays and is situated on a Civil War site

 

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Historic Wilmington Foundation

established in 1966 to preserve historic buildings, this organization has researched and approved over 375 plaques marking historical homes

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In 2000 the General Assembly established an "1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission".  This website provides a powerpoint and in-depth report on the violence that rocked Wilmington in November of 1898

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Fort Fisher

Deceptively peaceful and beautiful site that experienced intense fighting during the last months of the Civil War

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Latimer House Museum

Located on 3rd Street in the City of Wilmington, this 1852 Italianate home shows off 14 rooms of Victorian grandeur

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Wilmington Railroad Museum

Dedicated to commemorating the vital economic role of the Atlantic Coastline Railroad, headquartered in Wilmington until 1960

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Exploring Cultural Heritage Online (ECHO).  Scroll through their New Hanover County section to gain in-depth information on local history efforts such as the General Beauregard Historic Shipwreck Overlook

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USS North Carolina Battleship

The Battleship offers a unique opportunity to experience World war II maritime and military history

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Orton Plantation

While most visit the plantation to enjoy the magnificent gardens, this used to be a slave plantation that grew rice

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Wrightsville Beach Museum

Celebrating 100 years of living on Wtightsville Beach, this museum exhibits a scale model of the beachtown in 1910

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North Carolina Office of Archives and History

Extensive links to official historical sites throughout the state

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Last Updated: March 14, 2008