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.
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All Around Town March 20, 2009
I’m sorry there hasn’t been a post in a couple days…that’s not like me at all. I had this one “almost” ready for two days but never was able to finish it because I wasn’t feeling well for over a week. I finally want to the doctor today and it’s a double ear infection and sinusitis! Some girls have all the luck! I’m on antibiotics and hope to be feeling better in 24-48 hours!
You’ve been seeing bits and pieces of my day in Wilmington and today I will share a little bit more.
The day in Wilmington consisted of touring around downtown Wilmington near the Cape Fear River.
We had gorgeous 77 degree weather which made for the perfect day to walk along the Cape Fear River and see all of the sights.
While people waited for the Tall Ship Tour (The Peacemaker) we checked out the ship and the crowd. I always enjoy candid photos like the following.
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“A feather in your cap”
The trolley tour guide was so sweet. He told us all about the Amish-raised horses and how wonderfully they are cared for and let us pet them for a while. He even took our photo with the horses. They were beautiful and had the softest fur ever.
Throughout the day we saw businesses and attractions in Wilmington’s Downtown Historic District that are frequently used as locations on one of my favorite “Teen Dramas” 🙂 One Tree Hill, including: CD Alley (8 Market Street) is the CD store where Chris (Tyler Hilton) worked.
Port City Java-Downtown II (300 N. Front St.) stood in as Karen’s Café in the pilot episode. Once the series was picked up, crews built a designated set for Karen’s Café on the opposite corner of Grace Street at North Front Street. During season 6 the set for ‘Karen’s Cafe’ was removed and the space was transformed into the Clothes over Bros. set.
I put my camera lens up to the window and shot some of the Cloths over Bros set:
…and of course I posed in front of the “Karen’s Cafe” painting on the wall of the building that used to be the cafe and is now the store. 🙂
We didn’t get to eat at this restaurant but I wanted to. It overlooks the Cape Fear River and you get your own cute little private balcony
This building is for sale. It made me laugh when I saw that they had drawn fake store front items on it to make you use your imagination of what it could be!
I have more to share soon…once I have time to edit.
Right now I’m concentrating on the wedding I have tomorrow at the beach in NJ, then getting better, and then the wedding I have next Saturday in Myrtle Beach, SC.
The Peacemaker March 17, 2009
The 150-foot Peacemaker tall ship and its crew docked in Wilmington, NC Saturday, March 7, 2009 and will call the Cape Fear River home until after the Azalea Festival, first weekend in April. We visited on the day the ship first arrived and watched as a crowd gathered to board the ship.
The Peacemaker, originally named Avany, was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil using traditional methods and tropical hardwoods, and was launched in 1989. The original owner and his family motored in the southern Atlantic Ocean before bringing the ship up through the Caribbean to Savannah, Georgia, where they intended to rig it as a three-masted staysail schooner. The work was never done, however, and in the summer of 2000, it was purchased by the Twelve Tribes, a religious group with 50 or so communities in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. They spent the next seven years replacing all of the ship’s mechanical and electrical systems and rigging it as a barquentine. The refit vessel set sail for the first time in the spring of 2007, under the name Peacemaker.
The Peacemaker will be used to travel between the communities of the Twelve Tribes while providing an apprenticeship program for their youth in sailing, seamanship, navigation, and boat maintenance. Source: Wikipedia
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Top O’ The Morning To Ya! March 16, 2009
HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY TO YOU ALL!
This photo was taken last weekend in Wilmington, NC after their St. Patrick’s Day parade in town.
This guy was quite the character! 🙂
Hot Topic March 10, 2009
Last night I posted two article links HERE regarding the fire I witnessed on Saturday afternoon on Sixth and Market Street in Wilmington, North Carolina. It’s not often that I have the opportunity to capture something of a photojournalistic nature such as this. Tonight I’m posting my own experience of this event though my photos.
I’m very saddened for the family that had to go through this. I can’t imagine something like this happening to me or my loved ones. This house was under renovation which is so sad that so much time and energy went up in flames like this. Wilmington is such a beautiful historic district… I hope that this house can be repaired.
To view the entire gallery of 157 photos click HERE.
It all started when I was taking a photo of a church…
I didn’t get past this first photo that you see above because in the next instant fire trucks were entering the 4 lane divided road facing the opposite of traffic. I was slightly shocked and couldn’t understand why they were driving into on-coming traffic when the other 2 lanes on the other side of the median were open. Seconds later I knew why as I looked over and saw the smoke coming from 3 or 4 houses to the right of where I was standing…
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The Wilmington Fire department was immediately on the scene and “in action.” All I can say is that it was so impressive watching these guys work! I know I couldn’t run into a burning building/home for a living yet they do it without fear. I give them a lot of respect for what they do!
Below are a selection that I chose to highlight the scene…more can be found in the gallery on my website by clicking HERE.
Paramedics were on the scene immediately as well…
Another photographer appeared on the scene…(and a fellow Nikon shooter!)
They tried to extinguish the flames inside the home but the tongue & groove ceilings in this old house made it very hard to get to. They were unable to stop the fire that way so they used the tower unit to extinguish the fire from the outside.
It was quite an experience to watch the scene unfold. This is something I’ve only scene on the news and not up close and personal like this. I’m impressed with how the Wilmington Fire Department, Police Dept & EMS handled the scene. From what I witnessed they worked hard and should be commended for putting this fire out and protecting the house next to it.
To view the entire gallery of 157 photos click HERE.
House Fire in Wilmington, NC March 9, 2009
I just happened to be photographing a church near Sixth and Market Street during my visit to Wilmington, NC this Saturday when we stumbled upon a house fire that broke out before our eyes.
As a sneak peak here is are some articles showing the fire:
I’ll be posting photos soon on my website and on here on the blog from the fire. I’ve never seen anything like it up close….