Welcome to Downtown Wilmington, NC

Heed the Call of the Water

"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.

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505 Nutt Street
Wilmington, North Carolina

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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


The artwork of Mary Ellen and John W Golden


T.S. Brown Jewelers


Hand crafted Gold and Silver jewelry


A Cottage on Hillsdale


A three bedroom, two bathroom comfortable cottage


Angie's Bed & Breakfast


Moments from beautiful Downtown Wilmington.


The Verandas


An elegant Victorian Italianate Mansion


Aquatic Safaris

Museums / Attractions

The wonder of the ocean explored




Historic Wilmington's Most Romantic Fine Dining Experience


Betsy's Crepes


Sweet and savory crepes, breakfast and lunch


Boca Bay


Seafood and Oyster Bar


East Oceanfront Dining


Fresh chef-driven menu


Hot Pink Cake Stand


Wilmington's Finest Cafe, Desserterie & Wine Bar


Shore Break Bikes


A full service year round bicycle shop


Antiques of Old Wilmington


We celebrate the antiques of Old Wilmington


Aussie Island Surf Shop


Surfboard, skateboard and snowboard gear.


Fire and Spice


Add a little flavor to your life!


Isaac's Men Store


Men's clothing and shoes since 1974


The Black Cat Shoppe


Randomly inspired fun for every age!


The Ivy Cottage


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