Wilmington, North Carolina is a city with a rich history. Here, you can find architectural treasures, brick streets, and a connection to America’s history. Indeed, it’s steeped in history dating back to America’s earliest days. When you visit, here are the 5 best historic sites to see.
5 Best Historic Sites in Wilmington, North Carolina
The Wilmington River Walk
First, make your way to the riverfront to the Riverwalk. This wooden boardwalk takes you away from the modern street and lets you see the city from the front of the Cape Fear River. As you walk, you’ll find quaint shops, water taxis, and river view restaurants.
The Cotton Exchange
The Cotton Exchange is a historic building and was once the hub of the cotton industry. Cotton growers of the past brought their cotton here to be woven and sold. Today, it is a combination of historically correct building and modern shopping.
Horse Drawn Carriage Tours
Half a block from the River Walk, you’ll find a horse-drawn carriage tour station. These Percheron horses are rescue horses. The calmest horses are selected from their rescue farm to take riders through the charming and historic homes of the waterfront district. The conductor shares interesting stories about the more colorful residents of Wilmington (think Andy Griffith and Dennis Hopper!). He was also willing to stop to allow this nosy blogger to take photos along the way.
The City Market
Before malls crept up on the outskirts of town, Wilmington, North Carolina’s downtown was the place to shop! The City Market was the original shopping hub of the city. Today, you can still shop for goods indoors to escape the heat!
Tour the Battleship North Carolina
With all the colonial and Civil War-era history in Wilmington, don’t forget to explore Wilmington’s own piece of World War II history. Ride the water taxi across the Cape Fear River and board the Battleship North Carolina. You can see what it was like onboard for those brave sailors.
There’s no shortage of history in Wilmington. In fact, Wilmington offers modern conveniences and blends them seamlessly with nods to its historic past better than many other cities I’ve visited.