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African Americans were among the first Wilmingtonians and for much of the city’s history have comprised a significant portion, if not a majority, of its population. As such, African Americans played a significant role in all aspects of the city’s development (economic, cultural, and otherwise). Both free & enslaved African Americans played crucial roles in building Wilmington into North Carolina’s largest antebellum city.


This story is told through a tour of 32 stops in and around Wilmington.


With hundreds of rare pictures, Wilmington: Lost But Not Forgotten captures the many architectural gems that North Carolina's Port City has lost from colonial times to the present day Historian Beverly Tetterton’s narrative of lost places is a superb book for historic preservationist, reminiscing locals, and curious visitors alike.

The original paperback edition of this book was published in 2005 and is a collector’s item. The e-book/kindle edition of Wilmington: Lost But Not Forgotten contains over a hundred additional photographs. 


To get an idea of what LBNF is about, check out the latest version of Beverly's lecture given to benefit Preservation NC & the Bellamy Mansion:


Wilmington - once North Carolina’s largest city - has a fascinating and colorful history dating to Colonial times. Nearly three centuries of history in 28 picture-packed pages. This easy read is perfect for locals brushing up or visitors wanting the basics.

Buy the e-book version from Amazon or find the paperback version at most downtown bookstores and museums.


No war is ever "civil" and Wilmington endured its share of conflict and hardship, including a deadly yellow-fever epidemic. The “Port City” - then North Carolina’s largest - played a vital role for the Confederacy. After the fall of Mobile in August 1864, Wilmington remained the Confederacy’s last major open port, causing General Robert E. Lee to call her “the lifeline of the Confederacy.” After the fall of nearby Fort Fisher and Wilmington in January/February 1865, the war soon ended.

This story is told through a tour of 18 stops in and around Wilmington.

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