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 very few 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.
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Save a Southport Gem!
Southport charmer must be moved to be saved!
Enjoy life in the charming seaside town of Southport! The Parkhill House is a small one-story cottage that must be moved by next summer in order to be saved.
Many original details remain in this 1886 Victorian, and Preservation NC has identified a nearby lot that is available for purchase. Click here to learn more.
Click here to see upcoming events on our calendar!
February 1st - New exhibit opens! Featuring the paintings of Wilmington artist, Larry Hovis
February 9th - 7-11pm - Fat Tuesday at the Mansion! Masks and festive attire suggested!
February 22nd - 6:30pm Lecture with Thomas Massey on Slavery
April 24th - 1-5pm FREE Family Fun Day!
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."
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