Step into History
Follow curved oyster-shell paths through our lush Victorian garden shaded by 150-year-old magnolia trees. Climb the stairs to the elegant main entrance surrounded by soaring columns and gleaming windows. Hear the stories of the Bellamy family, as well as those of the free and enslaved black artisans who built the home and crafted intricate details throughout the house. Know that you are walking through history.
Welcome to the Bellamy Mansion Museum, one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. Located in downtown Wilmington, the mansion was built for physician and planter John Dillard Bellamy, his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss, and their nine children on the eve of the Civil War.
The mansion 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 recently restored Slave Quarters, one of the best preserved urban slave quarters in the country.
Plan your visit to the Bellamy today for an extraordinary stroll through the past, present and future of this historic site.
March 6 – 6:30 PM - Flashback Lecture: The Photography of Mack Munn with Earnestine Keaton
March 10 – April 14 - “The Bellamy” Art Exhibit
March 13 – 6:30 PM - ‘Slave Voices’ Lecture with Dr. Lucinda MacKethan
March 24 – 2:00 PM - Gone with the Wind, a Southern Tea Affair – SOLD OUT
April 10 – 6:30 PM – Hootenanny with John Golden and Friends
April 27 – 2:00 PM – African American History Walking Tour with Beverly Tetterton
May 2-4 – Wine and Food Festival
May 8 – 6:30 PM – Jazz at the Mansion with El Jaye Johnson and the Port City All Stars
May 15 – 6:30 PM – African American Artisans in NC Lecture with Catherine Bishir
June 12 – 6:30 PM – Jazz at the Mansion
July 10 – 6:30 PM – Jazz at the Mansion
August 14 – 6:30 PM – Jazz at the Mansion
September 25 – 6:30 PM – Discovering Drayton Hall with George McDaniel
September 28 – 1-5 PM – Family Fun Day
October 2 - November 6 - Emerging Artists Exhibit
October 13 – 2:00 PM – The Great Gatsby Tea
December 15 – 2:00 PM – To Marry an English Lord: A Downton Abbey Tea
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Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, Closed to the public
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From our Guests
"The Bellamy Mansion is my favorite site in Wilmington. The landscape and gardens are lovely, the building magnificent and the tour is wonderful."