Jen Rinaldi Photography

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The Bellamy Mansion March 23, 2009

I wish we knew what this place was while we were there…I may have tried to take a tour of it… but if I had I would have missed documenting that house fire.  Guess there’s always next time!

The Bellamy Mansion of History & Design Arts

The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now the house is a museum that focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.

The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design Arts website

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8 Responses to “The Bellamy Mansion”

  1. Oh my goodness. You have to take a tour next time!

  2. Beautiful building!! Glad you got to see at least the outside of it. Next time you can enjoy the inside even more!

  3. suehenryphotography Says:

    I agree. Looks like a place you will want to go back and visit. This is a spectacular photo. Love the composition.

  4. Julie McLeod Says:

    Superb perspective.

  5. Vinnie Says:

    Love the picture. It kind of makes the mansion look like a monument with all those pillars. Definately do the tour next time – betcha it’s cool looking inside too.

  6. Great shot Jen – I love those pillars. A sturcture made for photographing well before its time.

  7. colblue Says:

    That is an impressive structure. Hope you do get to tour the place next time.


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