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Wilmington, NC · Kure Beach · Carolina Beach · Wrightsville Beach
New Hanover County, North Carolina
National Register of Historic Places
Wilmington, North Carolina and the Cape Fear Coast, part of one of America’s original Thirteen Colonies, have a rich history. History buffs can explore interesting historic sites including those related to Native American Indians; American Revolution also known as the Revolutionary War when the Thirteen Colonies broke from the British Crown (1775-83); Industrial Revolution; Civil War also known as the War Between the States (1861-65); and, World War II (1939-45).
Wilmington NC history is an important part of American history. The City of Wilmington, North Carolina was incorporated in 1741 and named in honor of Spencer Compton, the Earl of Wilmington, before the United States of America was created on July 4, 1776. It is located on the banks of the Cape Fear River, has the largest historic district of any urban area in the state, and reportedly is the third largest in the United States. Wilmington NC is the first American World War II Heritage City in the United States.
The United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. Three North Carolinians signed the Declaration of Independence. William Hooper, a lawyer from Wilmington, was one of the signers. In 1914, the William Hooper School located on Mears Street between South 4th and South 5th Streets in Wilmington was named in his honor. The William Hooper School listed on the National Register of Historic Places closed in 1984.
Wrightsville Beach was incorporated as a town on March 6, 1899. It is named after Joshua Grainger Wright and the Wright family of Wilmington.
Carolina Beach was incorporated as a town in 1925.
Kure Beach was founded in the early 1900s by Hans Andersen Kure, a native of Denmark. It was incorporated as a town in April 1947.
We respect the perspectives of all individuals in relation to historic places that should be put in context. The historical sites are provided for educational purposes as part of a comprehensive tourism experience. This page brings you there. Further research placing you back in time will help convey the full import of the location.