January 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Executive Director, Gareth Evans, taking over the reins of the Bellamy Mansion Museum.
Gareth Evans has lived and worked in Wilmington since 1997. He came to North Carolina from his native Wales after finishing an undergraduate degree in History and American Studies at Swansea University. He received his Master’s degree in American History at UNCW. Gareth worked at the nonprofit Historic Wilmington Foundation from 2001 to 2009 in various roles and continued in the field of preservation by taking the job as Executive Director of the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts in 2010.
On Evans’ watch, the nonprofit expanded and broadened its reach. Visitation doubled in the last decade and events have expanded to include a popular summer jazz series, Family Fun Day, curriculum-specific fifth grade tours, festive holiday events, summer camps, and numerous free educational offerings. He was particularly pleased to oversee the full restoration of the rare and important urban slave quarters in 2014.
Evans says the mission has been to educate on history, architecture and preservation and to make the Bellamy Museum a central point for the community. “When I started, I was building on excellent foundations supplied by Preservation NC and all the staff and volunteers who had gone before. Among much else, they had fixed the mansion, rebuilt the carriage house, raised the profile, and established an endowment. My broad goals were straightforward: diversify the programs, attract more visitors, and ensure financial stability. I think we’ve gone a long way in achieving those aims. It’s been a great ten years for me. My thanks to everyone in the community who has made it so enjoyable.”
The Bellamy Museum, located at 503 Market Street in Wilmington, 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.