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Wilmington North Carolina

I left the lowcountry this week and headed up Hwy 17 for a few days to Wilmington to spend some time with a long time friend.  It’s been a minute since I have visited the waterfront of Wilmington,  and it was just beautiful.

Located on the Cape Fear River, downtown Wilmington offers picturesque views and a vibrant riverfront. The Riverwalk, a scenic boardwalk along the water, is perfect for leisurely strolls and enjoying the waterfront atmosphere.

Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic downtown district has a rich and fascinating history. Incorporated in 1739 this town became the center of trade, politics, and culture for the region. Fast forward to 1781, British forces occupied Wilmington during the American Revolution and evacuated the town the following October. The Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, opened in 1840, connected the NC backwoods to the Wilmington marketplace, leading to increased trading activity and by 1850, Wilmington was the largest city in North Carolina.  It survived the Civil War and continue to thrive.

Moored across from historic downtown you will see the Battleship North Carolina, which participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific theater of operations during World War II, earning 15 battle stars. This authentically restored National Historic Landmark proudly serves as her State’s World War II Memorial to the 11,000+ North Carolinians who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Wilmington is often referred to as "Hollywood East" due to its history of film and television production. Visitors can explore filming locations from popular movies and TV shows.

Downtown boasts a diverse culinary scene with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and breweries offering local flavors and seafood dishes. We had lunch at the famous Elijahs that opened in the 1980s as a restaurant, but the building itself on Chandlers Wharf has rich history. It had previously been a maritime museum, prior to that a warehouse . Many of the rare paintings, ship models, and nautical artifacts remain on display in the restaurant.  You will also find unique shops and boutiques downtown, making it a great place for shopping enthusiasts.

This not so small town anymore offers a blend of history, culture, natural beauty, and entertainment, making it a compelling destination for visitors looking to experience the charm of coastal North Carolina!

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