Bellamy Mansion, Wilmington

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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.

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.
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  • We recently toured the Bellamy Mansion on a one day excursion to Wilmington on a vacation in Myrtle Beach. We arrived late in the day but with still enough time to do the self-guided audio... 
    We recently toured the Bellamy Mansion on a one day excursion to Wilmington on a vacation in Myrtle Beach. We arrived late in the day but with still enough time to do the self-guided audio...  more »
  • The premium tour was absolutely amazing. There is so much history in the mansion and you can tell the tour guides know the history. Christina G. was an amazing guide, telling us everything we could... 
    The premium tour was absolutely amazing. There is so much history in the mansion and you can tell the tour guides know the history. Christina G. was an amazing guide, telling us everything we could...  more »
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  • The premium tour was absolutely amazing. There is so much history in the mansion and you can tell the tour guides know the history. Christina G. was an amazing guide, telling us everything we could possibly want to hear about the house. Every room is so detailed, with as many original and period pieces as possible. The premium tour was worth every extra penny as she answered all our questions. We are so glad we went and we had an awesome time.
  • Magnificent antebellum house built on the eve of the Civil War by primarily African American artisans. The house, though in the middle of town, has the feel of a grand plantation house with a full Corinthian colonnade. The house can be fully toured from basement through attic and has many beautiful and interesting features. The building is in very original condition and will be of interest to anyone who admires historic architecture. The brick slave quarters are fully intact behind the house. It is interesting that while the house is frame, the slave quarters and reconstructed stables are of brick. The tour of the slave quarters building and the history explained is equally interesting in many ways to that of the main house. It is a rare surviving urban slave quarters and almost unique in being fully restored and open to the public. Dr. John Bellamy was one of the wealthiest men in Wilmington, NC when he had the house constructed. It is interesting that his daughter Belle was involved with the design and concept for the house. The home stayed in the family until the mid twentieth century. Definitely a site well worth visiting.

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