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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Wilmington, North Carolina

Clickable Map of New Hanover County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> New Hanover County, NC (102) Brunswick County, NC (62) Pender County, NC (17)  NewHanoverCounty(102) New Hanover County (102)  BrunswickCounty(62) Brunswick County (62)  PenderCounty(17) Pender County (17)
Wilmington is the county seat for New Hanover County
Wilmington is in New Hanover County
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1North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 an April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . Map (db m77249) WM
2North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D 59 — Adam Empie, D.D.
First chaplain of U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 1813-1817; president William and Mary College; rector St. James Church. Grave ¾ mi. N.E.Map (db m28724) HM
3North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Adrian House1875 — James F. Post, Architect / Additions c.1909, 1914 —
Aldrich Adrian (1834-1897) and wife Christine Fraas (1850-1937) natives of Germany, built the Tuscan villa style house in 1875. Adrian was a city alderman and co-owner of Adrian & Vollers, wholesale grocery. The Z.W. Whitehead family owned the . . . Map (db m77221) HM
4North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-103 — Alex Manly1866-1944
Edited black-owned Daily Record four blocks east. Mob burned his office, Nov. 10, 1898, leading to "race riot" & restrictions on black voting in N.C.Map (db m64779) HM
5North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-60 — Beery’s Shipyard
Many Confederate naval vessels, including the ironclad “North Carolina,” built here. Site lies across river on Eagles Island, ¼ mile west.Map (db m28627) HM
6North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Beery's Shipyard
On the west side of the river a little south of the causeway was Beery's Shipyard, where the Confederate ironclad North Carolina was built in 1862 for the protection of the port. The ironclad Raleigh was constructed at . . . Map (db m28628) HM
7North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Benjamin Beery House1854; 1887
Italianate style house built for Benjamin Washington Beery (1822-1892), partner in Cassidey & Beery Shipyard; and wife, Ann Eliza Williams (1827-1865). Served as school and convent of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy,1869-1870. Double piazzas added . . . Map (db m77204) HM
8North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-71 — Cape Fear Club
Founded in 1866; oldest men’s social club in N.C. Guilford F. Dudley, first president. Building here in use since 1913.Map (db m28938) HM
9North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Cassidey Shipyard
Confederate shipyard and outfitting station which completed the ironclad steam sloop Raleigh in 1863. Site is three blocks west.Map (db m28626) HM
10North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-67 — Catherine Kennedy Home
For the elderly. Grew from Ladies Benevolent Society, founded, 1845. First home, 1879, stood four blocks east.Map (db m28730) HM
11North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Charles Cornwallis
This building was occupied by Lord Charles Cornwallis, Commander in Chief of the British army, in April, 1781. In the basement was a military prison. New Hanover Historical Commission. A.J. Howell. E.S. Martin James . . . Map (db m28722) HM
12North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Confederate Soldiers Monument
(front) 1861-1865 To the soldiers of the Confederacy Confederates blend your recollections Let memory weave its bright reflections Let love revive life’s ashen embers For love is life since love remembers PRO ARIS ET . . . Map (db m28642) HM
13North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Daggett-Taylor House1897 — Silva & Savage, Builders —
Queen Anne style house built for Eliza Whitehead Daggett (1846-1907), widow of William T. Daggett (1832-1893), partner in firm of Hancock & Daggett, paint and oil dealers, purchased in 1911 by Edgar Taylor (1858-1922), wholesale fish dealer; and . . . Map (db m77206) HM
14North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-105 — David Walkerca. 1796-1830
His Appeal, influential 1829 pamphlet, denounced slavery. A free black, he grew up in Wilmington; moved to Boston by 1825.Map (db m28717) HM
15North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D 17 — Edward B. Dudley1789 - 1855
Governor, 1836-41, the first in N.C. elected by popular vote; first president of Wilmington and Weldon Railroad. His home stands 2 blocks W.Map (db m28746) HM
16North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-40 — Edwin A. Alderman1861-1931
Crusader for education. President, UNC, 1896-1900; Tulane, 1900-04; Virginia, 1904-31. This was his birthplace.Map (db m77231) HM
17North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-47 — Edwin A. Anderson
Admiral, U.S. Navy. Received Congressional recognition for service in War with Spain, at Vera Cruz; and in World War I. Home is 4 mi. E.Map (db m77131) HM
18North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-101 — Fall of Wilmington
Union assault on Hoke's entrenched Confederates led to the city's fall, February 22, 1865. Earthworks were nearby,Map (db m77134) HM
19North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Fanning Housec. 1850 — J.C. and R.B. Wood, Builders —
Italianate style house built for Phineas Wines Fanning (1799-1880), native of Nantucket, MA; editor and publisher of the Wilmington Free Press; house, ship and sign painter. He was master of St. John's Masonic Lodge and Grand Master of Masons in . . . Map (db m77222) HM
20North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — General Benjamin Smith
. . . Map (db m28762) HM
21North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — George Davis
(west face) George Davis Senator and Attorney General of the Confederate States of America 1820-1896 (south face) Scholar Patriot Statesman Christian (east face) His wisdom illustrated the . . . Map (db m28641) HM
22North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-35 — George Davis
Confederate Senator, 1862-64, and Attorney General, 1864-65. Birthplace stood 3 mi. east.Map (db m77130) HM
23North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-36 — George Davis1820 - 1896
Confederate senator, 1862-64, and attorney general, 1864-65. Home was 2 blocks E.; grave is ½ mile northeast.Map (db m28623) HM
24North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — George Washington
. . . Map (db m42132) HM
25North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Grace Methodist ChurchOrganized December 24, 1797
Since that date four sanctuaries have burned, 1803–1843–1886–1947. Present imposing and lovely church was dedicated to the glory of God and service to mankind May 15, 1955. Body of Reverend Wm. Meredith, founder of Methodism in . . . Map (db m28940) HM
26North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-88 — Gregory Normal Institute
School for blacks, 1868-1921. Founded by American Missionary Assoc. Named for benefactor James H. Gregory. Was 4 blocks E.Map (db m28749) HM
27North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-50 — Henry Bacon1866-1924
Architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington and many other public structures. Home is here, grave, Oakdale Cemetery.Map (db m28726) HM
28North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Historic First Baptist ChurchOrganized 1808
First building southeast corner of Front and Ann Streets. Present building erected 1860-1870. Rev. John L. Prichard, pastor, died a martyr to humanity in the yellow fever plague, 1862. To The Glory Of Christ Who Sets Men FreeMap (db m144200) HM
29North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D 83 — James F. Shober1853-1889
1st known black physician with an M.D. degree in N.C. Practiced 1878-89. Home and office stood one block north.Map (db m77253) HM
30North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-41 — James Gibbons
Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, 1886-1921. Installed as vicar apostolic of North Carolina (1868-72) at St. Thomas Church ½ bl. W.Map (db m28725) HM
31North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-72 — James Hasell
Acting governor, 1771; thrice Chief Justice, 1750-1766; President of the Council. Owned large library. Home 7 mi. S.E.Map (db m28739) HM
32North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-51 — James Sprunt
Author of "Chronicles of the Cape Fear River" (1914), cotton merchant, philanthropist, British vice consul. His home stands two blocks west.Map (db m28742) HM
33North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-43 — John A. Winslow
Capt. U.S.S. "Kearsarge", which sank Confederate raider "Alabama", 1864, rear admiral U.S. Navy, 1870-1873. Birthplace was one block west.Map (db m28620) HM
34North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D 15 — John Burgwin1731-1803
Merchant, planter, and colonial official. Built this house, 1770-1771. His "Hermitage" estate was eight miles north.Map (db m28720) HM
35North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-61 — John N. Maffitt
Captain of Confederate cruiser “Florida” and ironclad “Albemarle.” With U.S. Coast Survey, 1842-1858. Blockade runner; Grave 14 blks. N.E.Map (db m77254) HM
36North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-64 — Johnson Jones Hooper
Editor and humorist, creator of “Simon Suggs” and other characters of the Southern frontier. Born in this city, 1815.Map (db m77239) HM
37North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-56 — Judah P. Benjamin
United States Senator, Confederate Attorney General, Secretary of War, & of State, later lawyer in England. His early home was here.Map (db m28625) HM
38North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Last Stand At WilmingtonThe Forks Road Engagement — Confederate Lifeline —
Here, in the earthworks in front of you, Confederate Gen. Robert F. Hoke’s troops made a stand on February 20-21, 1865. They were attempting to halt the Union army’s advance on Wilmington, the Confederacy’s principal seaport. Blockade runners, . . . Map (db m28636) HM
39North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Leora Hiatt McEachernMarch 4, 1909 – November 17, 1982
A student of history, a seeker of truth, a faithful follower of Christ, “Millie” dedicated herself to a study of the past in order that it could be part of our future.Map (db m28918) HM
40North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Louis Toomer Moore1885-1961
Historian, preservationist, journalist, photographer. Director, Chamber of Commerce. A founder of Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. Chairman, New Hanover County Historical Commission. Member of area's pioneer family. His pictures & records in . . . Map (db m28729) HM
41North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-38 — Mary Baker Glover Eddy
Founder of Christian Science Church. Spent part of 1844 at Hanover House, 2 blocks west.Map (db m28755) HM
42North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-96 — North Carolina Shipbuilding Co.
Constructed 243 vessels at shipyard one mile west, 1941-1946. Its first Liberty Ship, the S.S. Zebulon B. Vance, launched Dec. 6, 1941.Map (db m77135) HM
43North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-69 — Oakdale Cemetery
Est. in 1852. Includes graves of Confederate leaders, officers, and soldiers, & victims of yellow fever epidemic. Six blocks N.Map (db m77252) HM
44North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-2 — Old Courthouse
Stood two blocks west. Here a stamp master, William Houston, was forced to resign, 1765, and safety committees met in 1775.Map (db m28754) HM
45North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Powell - Yopp House — c. 1861 — Additions c. 1898, 1915 —
Greek Revival house, built for Robert Power (1824–1862), carriage maker, and wife Sarah (1823–1888). Willed to Sarah E. H. Yopp (1829–1904). Craftsman style additions made by grandson, Alfred Harding Yopp (1876–1973), . . . Map (db m28942) HM
46North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Residence of Edward B. Dudley
This building was the residence of Edward B. Dudley, first Governor of North Carolina. Elected by the people, in 1836. Here Daniel Webster was entertained by Governor Dudley on May 5, 1847, and here Present William H. Taft was the guest of James . . . Map (db m77205) HM
47North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D 57 — Rose Greenhow
Confederate spy and Washington society woman. Drowned near Fort Fisher in 1864, while running Federal blockade. Grave 1 m. N.E.Map (db m28622) HM
48North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Sprunt House1912 — Kenneth M. Murchison of New York Architect —
First example of the Italian Renaissance style house in Wilmington built for James Laurence Sprunt (1886-1973), agent for Alexander Sprunt & Son, the world's largest cotton exporter; and wife, Amoret Cameron Price (1891-1915), native of . . . Map (db m77208) HM
49North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — St. James ChurchThomas U. Walter, Architect – Philadelphia — 1839/40; 1885 —
Thomas U. Walter, Architect – Philadelphia John S. Norris, Supervising Architect – New York C. H. Dahl, Principal Carpenter – New York John C. Wood, Principal Mason – Nantucket Oldest house of worship in Wilmington, . . . Map (db m28925) HM
50North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-5 — St. James Church
Built 1839, near site of older church, begun about 1751. Graves of Cornelius Harnett and Thomas Godfrey.Map (db m28757) HM
51North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-107 — St. John's Lodge
First Masonic lodge in North Carolina. Est. in 1754. Building erected 1804, used until 1825, is one block west.Map (db m28728) HM
52North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — St. Mark’s Episcopal ChurchEmerson and Fehmer, Boston, Architects; Alfred Howe, Builder — 1871–1875 —
Gothic Revival style church built for congregation organized in 1869. The cornerstone was laid March 23, 1871 and the edifice completed under the leadership of the Rev. Charles O. Brady. Dedicated on March 23, 1871, it was the first Episcopal church . . . Map (db m28877) HM
53North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D 77 — St. Stephen A.M.E. Church
Congregation formed in 1865. Present church constructed 1880 on land donated by Geo. Peabody. Located 2 blocks east.Map (db m77229) HM
54North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-23 — State Salt Works
The state of North Carolina to relieve a wartime scarcity, operated salt works from here to Myrtle Grove Sound, 1861-64.Map (db m77132) HM
55North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-44 — Temple of Israel
Erected 1875-6. First house of worship built in North Carolina by the Jews. Congregation established in 1867.Map (db m28758) HM
56North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-87 — Thomas Atkinson1807 - 1881
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of N.C., 1853-1881. Voice for church unity in postwar years. Interred in the church.Map (db m28753) HM
57North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-39 — Thomas F. Price
Roman Catholic priest, pioneer Home Missionary of N.C. Co-founder of “Maryknoll Fathers,” a foreign mission society. Birthplace (1860) 1 bl. E.Map (db m167692) HM
58North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-81 — Thomas F. Wood1841-1892
Organizer & Sec.-Treas. of State Board of Health, 1877-1892. Founded N.C. Medical Journal in 1878. Home was 1 block west.Map (db m28718) HM
59North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Thomas Godfrey
Near this spot lies Thomas Godfrey Born in Philadelphia Pa. 1736 Died in Wilmington N.C. 1763 Author of The Prince of Parthia The first drama written by an American and produced upon the professional stage in the Colonies . . . Map (db m28759) HM
60North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship MemorialIn Memoriam
The U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Memorial commemorates the heroic participation of the men and women of North Carolina in the prosecution and victory of the Second World War, and perpetuates the memory of the more than ten thousand North . . . Map (db m83989) HM WM
61North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-111 — United States Colored Troops
Black soldiers & white officers in Union army, 1863-1865. About 500 involved in Wilmington campaign buried here.Map (db m77251) HM
62North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-86 — USS North Carolina
World War II battleship. Launched, June 13, 1940. Served in Pacific. 1942-1945. Decommissioned 1947. Berthed here 1961.Map (db m62510) HM
63North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D 19 — Washington's Southern Tour
President Washington was a guest Apr. 24-25, 1791, at the Quince home which stood 2 blocks W.Map (db m28723) HM
64North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-9 — Whistler's Mother
Anna McNeill Whistler, the mother of James Whistler, artist, was born in a house which stood one block east.Map (db m77210) HM
65North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-119 — William B. Gould1837-1923
Was enslaved Bellamy plasterer. Escaped 1862 and joined Union navy. Kept detailed war diary. Lived 2 blocks north.Map (db m144199) HM
66North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — William E. Worth House1912
Queen Anne style house built for William Elliott Worth (1850-1923), founder of W.E. Worth & Co., Ice Manufacturers; Secretary-Treasurer and General Manager of Universal Oil & Fertilizer Co; and wife, Nellie Shay (1853-1921), native of Brooklyn, . . . Map (db m77220) HM
67North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — William G. Craig House — 1893 —
Queen Anne style house built for William Gaston Craig (1861–1957), native of Alamance Co., N.C., and wife Sarah Frances (1867–1958), native of Goldsboro, N.C. He was inspector for Atlantic Coast Line Railroad car building department. . . . Map (db m167693) HM
68North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-45 — William Hooper
One of North Carolina's three signers of the Declaration of Independence. Home was here.Map (db m28719) HM
69North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — William Tryon
Here stood the residence of William Tryon Governor of North Carolina, from April 3, 1765, to June 30, 1771. Stamp Master William Houston was brought out from the house and forced to resign his office Nov. 16, 1765. New Hanover . . . Map (db m28760) HM
70North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-42 — William W. Loring
Major general in the Confederate Army, lieut. colonel in Mexican War, general in Egyptian Army, 1870-79. His birthplace was 1 bl. W.Map (db m28624) HM
71North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-20 — Wilmington and Weldon Railroad
Longest railroad in the World when completed in 1840. Length 161-½ mi. Terminus was 4 blocks W.Map (db m77233) HM
72North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Wilmington College
Founded in 1947 by New Hanover County. The forerunner of UNC Wilmington operated until 1961 in Isaac Bear Elementary School, which stood 75 feet south.Map (db m77236) HM
73North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D-118 — Wilmington Coup
Armed white mob met at armory here, Nov. 10, 1898. Marched six blocks and burned office of Daily Record, black-owned newspaper. Violence left untold numbers of African Americans dead. Led to overthrow of city government & installation of coup leader . . . Map (db m144201) HM
74North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — Wilmington Light InfantryArmory Building
This plaque is presented to the Wilmington Light Infantry which served with distinction in: The Civil War, The Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. This plaque is to be prominently displayed on the Washington Light Infantry . . . Map (db m28644) HM
75North Carolina (New Hanover County), Wilmington — D 31 — Woodrow Wilson
President of the United States, 1913-1921. His home, 1874-1882, was the Presbyterian manse, which stood one block E.Map (db m28731) HM
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May. 28, 2022