North Carolina is rich with culture and heritage, and Wilmington’s historical significance to our nation has spanned the centuries. Incorporated in 1739, the Port City continues to thrive, just as it did during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and WWII. The arts and culture of Wilmington have been influenced over the years by the changing tides, and currents of innumerable visitors that meet it. In this series, we want to highlight and celebrate the local attributes that continue to shape this area we know and love.

Battleship North Carolina. Experience the daily life and fierce combat the crew of this quiet and majestic battleship endured in WWII. Learn more about the crew who served their country in a time of need.

Bellamy Mansion. Borrowing from elements of Greek Revival, Neoclassical, and Italianate styles, the mansion is a spectacular example of early 1800’s architecture. Enjoy guided or self-guided tours of the meticulously restored 10,000 sq.-ft. house, recreated gardens, and the preserved urban slave quarters.

Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens. Built in 1770, this structure is the only colonial era house in Wilmington open to the public. Gaze at the fine Georgian architecture and experience what life was like back in the pre-revolutionary period as you wonder the grounds and beautifully restored gardens.

Cameron Art Museum – CAM provides art education, exhibitions, and dynamic public programs of both historical and contemporary significance, within a 42,000 sq.-ft. state of the art building that serves as a cultural gathering place that strives to enrich the lives of visitors and the community.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. Whether you want to discover the past, meet the giant ground sloth or experiencing other exciting exhibits, the state’s first history museum exploring the culture of the lower Cape Fear region.

Charles Jones African Art – This gallery has been in the community for over 25 years, displaying an extensive and varied collection of traditional African art.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Fort Fisher marks the site of the Civil War’s largest land and water battle. The scenic trails, shaded by gnarled live oaks lead past earthworks, an impressive seacoast gun and other remains of the fort.

Poplar Grove Plantation. This historic site offers visitors an opportunity to explore an 1850 manor home, smoke house, tenant house and blacksmith shop. Poplar Grove strives to initiate meaningful dialogue that builds respect, empathy, and perspective as you reflect on and learn about the important role the Gullah Geechee people played in our community.

Wilmington Railroad Museum. From the life-size caboose to explore to a collection of displays, the museum teaches about the history of the Atlantic Coastline Railroad and offers fun interactive activities.

If you are ready to relish in the bountiful cultural and natural resources of the Wilmington area, we invite you to visit to our stunning riverside community where you can purchase your dream home and stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in The Bluffs by tuning into our Facebook page!