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Welcome to Downtown Wilmington, NC

Heed the Call of the Water

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A little about Wilmington

From the historic downtown river district and Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, Wilmington and our beach towns, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, all charm visitors and residents alike with an independent spirit and energy that nourishes and recharges the soul. Surrounded by water, history, and natural beauty, it's the ideal place for a vacation or weekend getaway.

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The history of Wilmington

The ethnic European and African history of Wilmington spans more than two and a half centuries. Giovanni da Verrazano is reportedly the first European to observe the area, including the city's present site, in the early 16th century. The first permanent European settlement in the area came in the 1720s when English colonists began settling the area. In September 1732, a community was founded on land owned by John Watson on the Cape Fear River, at the confluence of its northwest and northeast branches. In the 1830s, citizens of Wilmington became eager to take advantage of railroad transportation. Plans were developed to build a railroad line from the capital of Raleigh to Wilmington. This was later changed when the citizens of Raleigh did not care to make the venture of a stock subscription to secure the railroad. The end point was changed to Weldon. When construction of the railroad line was finally completed in 1840, it was the longest single line of railroad track in the world.

Contact Information

Address:
505 Nutt Street
Wilmington, North Carolina
28401

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Businesses in Wilmington, North Carolina

Here is a collection of downtown Wilmington, North Carolina businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

 

The Golden Gallery

Art

The artwork of Mary Ellen and John W Golden

 

T.S. Brown Jewelers

Jewelry

Hand crafted Gold and Silver jewelry

 

A Cottage on Hillsdale

Lodging

A three bedroom, two bathroom comfortable cottage

 

Angie's Bed & Breakfast

Lodging

Moments from beautiful Downtown Wilmington.

 

The Verandas

Lodging

An elegant Victorian Italianate Mansion

 

Aquatic Safaris

Museums / Attractions

The wonder of the ocean explored

 

Aubriana's

Restaurants

Historic Wilmington's Most Romantic Fine Dining Experience

 

Betsy's Crepes

Restaurants

Sweet and savory crepes, breakfast and lunch

 

Boca Bay

Restaurants

Seafood and Oyster Bar

 

East Oceanfront Dining

Restaurants

Fresh chef-driven menu

 

Hot Pink Cake Stand

Restaurants

Wilmington's Finest Cafe, Desserterie & Wine Bar

 

Shore Break Bikes

Services

A full service year round bicycle shop

 

Antiques of Old Wilmington

Shopping

We celebrate the antiques of Old Wilmington

 

Aussie Island Surf Shop

Shopping

Surfboard, skateboard and snowboard gear.

 

Fire and Spice

Shopping

Add a little flavor to your life!

 

Isaac's Men Store

Shopping

Men's clothing and shoes since 1974

 

The Black Cat Shoppe

Shopping

Randomly inspired fun for every age!

 

The Ivy Cottage

Shopping

Antiques, home decor, costume and fine jewelry

 

Hey Beer Bottle Shop

Winery / Brewery

Single bottle exploration

 

Wilmington Wine

Winery / Brewery

Your friendly, eclectic neighborhood wine shop