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The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts

  • Constructed: 1859
  • Architect: James F. Post
  • Location: Wilmington, North Carolina

Completed in 1861, the Bellamy Mansion Museum is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Located in historic downtown, the Greek Revival and Italianate mansion, carriage house, and original slave quarters comprise a complete site where visitors hear not only the stories of the Bellamy family, but those of the free and enslaved black artisans who built the home on the eve of the Civil War, and those of the enslaved workers who resided on the property.

The site now serves as a museum of history and the design arts, offering daily tours and many dynamic educational and cultural programs throughout the year. Tour the magnificent 10,000-square-foot home, visit the meticulously-recreated gardens, and walk through the restored slave quarters, one of very few preserved and interpreted urban slave quarters in the country. Plan your trip for an informative look at historic preservation in action.

The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts

photo by: Bellamy Mansion Museum

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