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. Some were lost to natural disasters like fires and hurricanes. Others fell victim to the "progress" of Urban Renewal or the shortsightedness of developers. These buildings and places - ripped from the pages of Wilmington’s history - also help tell its story. 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. Photographs and information discovered since the original publication have been added to existing sections and there is a new chapter at the end called, “Recently Departed,” which features notable buildings lost in recent years.


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.

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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.

Our story of the Civil War is told through a tour of 18 stops in and around Wilmington.