Tours on the hour Tuesday – Saturday:
10 am to 5 pm
1 pm to 5 pm
Monday – Friday:
9am to 5 pm
503 Market Street
The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to interpreting the social and architectural history of the Bellamy Mansion and promoting a greater understanding of historic preservation, architectural history and restoration methods in North Carolina.
|1859 - 1861
James F. Post, Architect
Rufus Bunnell, Draftsman
The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture 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. Now the house is a museum that focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.
The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts is a
stewardship property of Preservation North Carolina.
Birdseye view (photograph above) by Gene Ayscue, 2003
As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Bellamy Mansion's completion, learn more about the restoration of its rare slave quarters building from executive director Gareth Evans.