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Bellamy Mansion Museum, Wilmington
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  • Well as historic mansion tours go, this one is just average. Although restored it is not in very good shape. Lots more restoration and upkeep is needed. Furnishings are not original and one doesn't ge...  more »
  • I would hate to do this house without the guide. Beth C did an excellent job. The slaves quarters and the basement were my particular highlights. I like to see houses with the period furniture but unf...  more »
  • We had a day to spend in Wilmington and I really wanted to get a historical perspective of the city. A guided tour of this property and the stories that went with it gave us a nice flavor of the times...  more »
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  • Every time I visit the Bellamy Mansion I discover something new. Now the management is doing a wider variety of events, which is a plus for the residents. For visitors, the Bellamy Mansion is just a must to see. With curved oyster-shell paths through a cozy Victorian garden taking care by locals, to walk to the elegant main entrance is an unforgettable experience. The stories of the Bellamy family, and the slavery times, are a part of the history of North Carolina and the "deep South", so the Bellamy Mansion Museum is not only one of the most spectacular constructions of antebellum architecture, but a place that talks about the life in the Civil War chapter.
  • Great tour by Ann. She is so informative and a delightful lady. Our tour was to be one hour but extended beyond to about 1.5 hours.
  • A wonderful site to visit in Wilmington. The architecture is spectacular, but the history of Civil War-era Wilmington, the Bellamys, and their domestic slaves is the most interesting. The restored slave quarters adds so much to the tour, and there are often very nice exhibits on the second floor of the mansion. Do not expect a completely furnished home, but do expect a fascinating and revealing tour!
  • I think your experience depends on your tour guide. Ours was great! I highly recommend the guided tour instead of the self guided.
  • This is a very beautiful old home that has been lovingly restored. However, the tour guide should find another place to volunteer. She clearly despises the Bellamy family. Every period of history has its evils, including the Antbellum South. However, the guide found racial hatred in every corner, even in the family's desire to isolate kitchen odors from the dining room. She expressed joy that the matriarch of the family was discomfitted by the Union army's vandalization of the home. When a historical interpretter lacks all empathy for the people they study, they do violence to the discipline. If our nation is to heal from its great divisions, we will need to find for each other mutual respect and affection, rather than demonizing and dehumanizing our ancestors.