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The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts

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

The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy physician, planter and business leader, his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss, and their nine children. Styled with Greek Revival and Italianate in mind, the mansion was designed by architect James F. Post; however, it is thought that the original idea for the elaborate structure came from Belle, Bellamy's first child. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now the house is a museum that focuses on history and the design arts and offers 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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