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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October 30 @ 6:30 PM: Art Lecture, Hattie Schmidt - Quilt Maker Storyteller
October 31 @ 6:30 PM: Halloween Movie Night
Saturday, November 1 from 1pm-6pm:
Modernism is a revolutionary and energetic movement in art, design and architecture that began in the early 20th century.
Tour three modernist structures in Wilmington:
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of the event
visit www.historicwilmington.org to purchase tickets
Proceeds benefit the Bellamy Mansion Museum and the Historic Wilmington Foundation
Sunday, November 9 @ 12:00 PM:
Preservation Celebration at Blockade Runner Resort
Explore the Blockade Runner Hotel and Resort, plus historic beach cottages, in a Wrightsville Beach Preservation Celebration. The mid-century Modern Blockade Runner turns 50 this year and it is situated amongst a number of 1930s beach cottages that are original to the island. We will tour four cottages and the hotel, while enjoying cocktails and a light buffet lunch, during the afternoon. Food is served 12:00-2:00PM at the hotel and the cottages open from 1-4PM. Beer and wine plus a full cash bar will be available all afternoon at the hotel. This event is organized in partnership with Wrightsville Beach Museum.
$35 per person
call 910-251-3700 to make reservations or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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