Legend of the Dram Tree

Posted by - October 8, 2016

By Paige Brown The year was 1585. Admiral Sir Richard Grenville stood at the bow, scanning the horizon with his spyglass. Leading his fleet of seven ships along the coast of the Carolinas toward the Outer Banks, he was unaware of the dangerously shifting shoals near the mouth of a river they had just passed.

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Front Street Spirit

Posted by - October 1, 2016

By Kevin Ward There is something about strolling in Wilmington’s historic downtown—in some ways, you can imagine yourself in another time. Many of the buildings that now house some of our favorite bars, restaurants, and stores have been around since the days of the Civil War, and they have changed very little in that time.

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Reviving a Forgotten Past

Posted by - October 1, 2016

By Heather Lee Gordy After World War II, Castle Street was at its prime. Businesses were growing and the list of shops was never ending. Castle Street was downtown. Not separate, but a part of downtown. There was a fire department, a pharmacy, a grocery store, a barber shop, a bakery, a bicycle shop, a

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Garden of Curiosities

Posted by - September 21, 2016

By Susan Buteau  In the heart of midtown Wilmington lies a patch of boggy soil that holds part of the town’s charm. Here, visitors can see Venus flytraps growing in the wild, a phenomenon unique to Wilmington and its seventy-mile surrounding area. These ground-hugging, insect-grabbing plants are so small they could be crushed underfoot if people are

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Movie Palaces Past

Posted by - September 9, 2016

By Doug Dodson The year was 1906. Teddy Roosevelt was President and Wilmington was the largest city in North Carolina, with Charlotte hot on its heels. A form of entertainment which had been presented mostly at carnivals and traveling shows up to that time was going to find a home at 205 North Front Street.

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