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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.Plan your Bellamy Mansion visit and explore what else you can see and do in Wilmington using our Wilmington trip itinerary maker tool.
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.
Tours to Bellamy Mansion
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Bellamy Mansion reviews
Wish we could have gotten a guided tour but the "paper tour" is quite good. Easy walk from the Riverwalk area.
Wish we could have gotten a guided tour but the "paper tour" is quite good. Easy walk from the Riverwalk area. more »
We recently went to the Christmas open house and was so impressed. The manion is beautiful and so full of history. We'll definitely be returning for the full tour in the springtime.
We recently went to the Christmas open house and was so impressed. The manion is beautiful and so full of history. We'll definitely be returning for the full tour in the springtime. more »
John was a great guide! This was my first time in Wilmington so a great way to start the day. House is beautiful and has some beautiful original pieces. Always interesting to learn the history...
John was a great guide! This was my first time in Wilmington so a great way to start the day. House is beautiful and has some beautiful original pieces. Always interesting to learn the history... more »
What a great tour. First off, free parking off Market Street. Guided tours are at 10, 12 and 2 o’clock. MUST call the day of the tour to confirm there is a volunteer guide on staff. Our tour guide, John, was incredible. He was very knowledgeable and didn’t rush the tour. We had plenty of time to ask questions and take in the history. They do have a gift shop. You can tour the mansion/museum yourself with audio or paper. I recommend the guided tour. The guided tour lasts 90 minutes. A must do if you’re into history. Good job, John!
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.
I visited on a Sunday at 2:30pm. It was not crowded. I did the self guided audio tour. It was very thorough and organized. It took you through each room of the house as well as the slave's quarters. It was very informative and I enjoyed learning about the history. They have guided tours and I wish I had done one, but missed the last one of the day. Wilmington is rich in history and I would highly recommend you check this out.
Well preserved mansion. You are able to spend as much time as you'd like throughout the house. Audio guide is available. Free parking on site. Great place to spend 1-1.5 hours.
Did the self guided tour. The commentary kept on breaking up. At one point it just stopped. The house has a few artifacts ,impressive piano. About half the rooms are empty. I did not get a good sense of history especially with regards to slavery here. Some of the rooms have art/ painting displays which are for sale!!
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