Bellamy Mansion, Wilmington
The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. It was built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington.Plan your Bellamy Mansion visit and explore what else you can see and do in Wilmington using our Wilmington trip itinerary maker tool .
The Mansion offers an exquisite backdrop to create an event of historic proportions. Far from your typical banquet hall, the Mansion is one of North Carolina's premier historic treasures, featuring lush gardens, grand columns, wrap-around porches, brass chandeliers, Victorian-style carpets, ornate molding, and marble fireplaces.
The museums gallery spaces feature changing exhibits on architectural history, historic preservation and the designs arts. You and your guests will enjoy an event in close proximity to beaches, shopping, nightlife, restaurants, the historic riverwalk, and plenty of charming B&Bs and hotels.
Bellamy Mansion Reviews
I regret that I don’t recall the name of our guide. His ability to recite dates and provide family details was remarkable! I would highly recommend taking a guided tour which is included in the admiss... more »
The architecture was impressive and the period furnishings beautiful. I was most struck by the social structures revealed by the mansion and the nearby slave quarters. From stairways to living conditi... more »
Beautifully restored antebellum mansion that offers both docent and self-guided tours. The exhibit on Urban Slavery is of particular interest and importance in preserving and telling the story of enslaved artisans who constructed the mansion and served the Bellamy family. Free parking is available in a side lot off Market Street.
We had a great time at the Bellamy Mansion last night. The atmosphere at the mansion was very conducive to this elegant, fun and interesting event. The jazz group was wonderful, playing all evening. The food was especially good “New Orleans cuisine”, featuring jambalaya, Cajun spiced shrimp, andouille sausage and more.The casino games were great fun. The staff and volunteers did a wonderful job.If you have an opportunity to attend an event at the Bellamy while you are in town, don’t miss it.
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