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About the Wilmington, NC area

Introduction to Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington is located between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean in Hanover County. The city contains a large seaport and is home to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. It features a prominent historic district and is close to superb beaches. The city was the childhood residence of basketball star Michael Jordan.


The area was established during the 1720’s by English settlers. In 1739 the city was incorporated. Lumber produced from the nearby forest as well as naval stores were major factors for the economy during the 18th and 19th Centuries. During the Civil War, the local port was a primary base for Confederate blockade runners. The city was named in tribute to Spencer Compton who was the Earl of Wilmington and held the position of Primer Minister during the reign of George II.

The city is home to the Wilmington International Airport.


USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial.
Cape Fear Museum.
Bellamy Mansion features antebellum architecture.
Airlie Gardens incudes lakes and the Historic Airlie Oak.
Burgwin-Wright House.
The Cape Fear Serpentarium features a vast number of snakes from all over the world.
Latimer House Museum.
Wilmington Railroad Museum.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
Sunset Park Historic District.


Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.
Cultural Arts Building at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington contains a music recital hall, two theaters as well as an art gallery.
The EUE Screen Gems Studio offers tours to the public.
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.
Wilmington Exchange Festival.
North Carolina Jazz Festival is host to world famous jazz musicians.
Wrightsville Beach.
Carolina Beach.
Kure Beach.
Marrz Theatre.
Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington.

Higher Education
The city is home to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the Cape Fear Community College.