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“Disappointment”
Review of Bellamy Mansion

Bellamy Mansion
Ranked #5 of 113 things to do in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Disappointment”
Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

Had looked forward to touring the historic homes in Wilmington; but sadly the Bellamy Mansion is the only one open on Sunday.
The intro film was interesting; but when we got ready for the tour, we were told the docent hadn't showed up. So for the admission price we were handed a sheet of paper to read about each floor of the house & slave quarter. The descriptions were minimal and hopefully the docent would have had more information. There were almost no furnishings in the house. Even if it had been reproductions, it would have been more interesting furnished.
Having toured numerous historic homes, sadly this was one of the most disappointing.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“interesting look at just barely antebellum south”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

these people had really bad timing. The mansion was finished at the end of 1860. When the Civil War started they had to abandon it for years. Fortunately to its survival the Union troops used it as a headquarters so it survived. Definitely worth a visit in Wilmington.

Visited May 2014
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Mooresville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Unique Mansion”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

We went throught the mansion with a tour guide which I would highly recommend since he provided many details that weren't self evident. The mansion is about 10,000 sq ft and you were able to see the whole thing which is unusual. since many mansion tours exclude certain areas. As part of the tour you also see the servants quarters. There are limited furnishings in the mansion, but the history of the house, the amount of time it was abandoned, the fire and eventual restoration is extremely interesting. There are displays in many of the rooms which provide pictures and explanations of the history of the mansion from the time it was built until the current day. As you drive through Wilmington the size, architecture and the surrounding landscaping make it stand out. The price of admission was reasonable compared to other tours that we have taken and the Bellamy Mansion is definitely a gem.

Visited March 2014
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A must see in Wilmington.”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Passing by this beautiful antebellum home (that is right smack in the middle of Wilmington) really paints you a picture of what it would have been like to live during the 19th century, and what great amount of effort people put into status and architecture. Unfortunately, The house was purposely set aflame in the 1970s by a few teenagers. Leaving the home (that had all original furnishings) condemned and burnt to shambles from the inside. Because of this, The house at this moment, has little of the original furnishings that are stately enough to be put on display BUT. they do have all of the original furnishings in storage, and you are allowed to help them by donating!
I hope to see this house fully furnished in the future, that is what admission money goes to!

Visited May 2013
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Burlington, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Interesting Tour”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

We bought a pass to tour three historic homes in Wilmington. The Bellamy Mansion was our first stop. The tour was most interesting and was conducted by a knowledgeable, friendly guide. Would recommend a visit.

Visited April 2014
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