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Located in southeastern North Carolina, Wilmington is a port city along the Cape Fear River. With a total area of 41.5 square miles and a population of more than 109,000, Wilmington is the state’s eighth most populous city. While it may not be the largest city, Wilmington is very well-known and has so much to offer. Designated as a Coast Guard City in 2003, Wilmington is home to the USCGC Diligence, and the USS North Carolina – a WWII battleship – is a museum ship in the city. There are also four beautiful beach communities nearby that offer tons of fun and relaxation.
Wilmington was founded in 1732 under the original name of New Carthage. The town underwent a few name changes, but in 1739 or 1740 (the records are unclear) the town was incorporated as Wilmington. The main sources of economy in the area were naval stores and lumber, and this remained true even after the Revolutionary War. By 1840, Wilmington had become the largest town in North Carolina, and maintained that title until 1910.
During the Civil War, Wilmington, being a port city, was extremely busy as it delivered much needed supplies from England to various blockade runners. The city was captured by the Union in the Battle of Wilmington in 1865. After the Civil War, the town grew and prospered, and in 1866 Wilmington became a city. Between the Civil War and the two World Wars, the economy of the city fluctuated several times, with the last decline being in the 1950s. However, in the 1960s a group was developed to turn things around in the city and bring the prosperity back to Wilmington. More growth has occurred since then to make present-day Wilmington possible.
Things to Do in Wilmington:
It has been several decades since Wilmington made its return to prosperity and things have been doing great. With all the success, there are tons of great things to do in Wilmington. Whether you are a history buff, a true foodie, or you just love to be outside in the sun, there is plenty to see and do. Enjoy all the attractions, the art and museums, the outdoor recreation, and of course the restaurants.
There are truly some fantastic attractions in Wilmington. Cape Fear Museum is the oldest history museum in North Carolina and is home to a great collection of history, science, and culture of the region. See the city’s professional soccer team, the Wilmington Hammerheads FC, as they take on other teams at Legion Stadium. Take some time to visit the Charlotte Hornet’s training camp site. Take a tour of the Bellamy Mansion Museum and see the exhibits at one of the state’s most fascinating architectural and historic sites.
Arts and culture in Wilmington are amazing. Support the unique talents of those performing in Opera Wilmington. Watch the professional productions of works by William Shakespeare performed by Dram Tree Shakespeare. Learn the history of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the railroad industry in the region at the Wilmington Railroad Museum. The Cameron Art Museum is the perfect place to admire and learn about art with historical and contemporary significance.
Spend time outside enjoying the recreation in Wilmington. Visit Airlie Gardens and walk through the 67 acres of beautiful lakes and gardens. Feel Good Fishing Charters & Adventures can offer you a wonderful fishing experience. Greenfield Lake Park & Gardens offers so much in recreation including boat rental, tennis courts, a skate park, miles of biking trails, grills, a playground and more. Play 18 holes of golf on the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course.
Regardless of what type of cuisine you like, the restaurants in Wilmington will have exactly what you want. If seafood is your choice, try Dock Street Oyster Bar for the best oysters in town, or get modern seafood at Catch. Jackson’s Big Oak BBQ is a tradition in Wilmington and you’ll love their East Carolina barbecue. Have a real dining experience as you enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at Olympia Restaurant. Head to Giorgio’s for the locally-voted best Italian in town. If you have a taste for Chinese but don’t want to leave the house, Chopstix Express delivers everywhere in Wilmington.
What to Consider When Moving to Wilmington:
When you move to another city you think about the basics before you move there; well, you’ll find things may be a little different this time. When moving to an apartment in Wilmington, there are a couple things that you don’t have to consider in most other cities.
Wilmington, if you didn’t know, is part of what is referred to as Hollywood East – which also includes Atlanta and New York City. The first studio in Wilmington was purchased in 1984 and operated as DEG. After being sold in 1990, EUE Screen Gems finally bought the Wilmington studio in 1996 and renamed it EUE Screen Gems Studios. The studio opened a 10th “Dream Stage” in 2009 – a 37,500 square foot structure with a 90,000-gallon special effects water tank. Hundreds of movies, television shows, and commercials have been filmed out of the Wilmington studios, including the shows One Tree Hill and Sleepy Hollow, and the movies Iron Man 3 and We’re the Millers.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) is the largest institution for higher education in the city. UNCW is a 661-acre campus, part of the 17campus, public University of North Carolina system. Established in 1947, UNCW enrolls more than 14,000 students and employs more than 2,000 people. The institution has five colleges – Arts and Sciences, Business, Health and Human Services, Education, and Graduate School. Within these five colleges, UNCW offers 52 bachelor’s programs, 36 master’s programs and two doctorate programs.
UNCW has an NCAA Division I athletic program with 19 varsity teams available to men and women. Wearing the colors teal, navy blue, and gold, the UNCW Seahawks have made several NCAA tournament appearances over the years in various sports. Greek life is also a major factor at UNCW as more than 12 percent of students are in a fraternity or sorority – more than the national average. There are 31 Greek organizations on campus, including National Pan-Hellenic Council, Christian, and Honors.
Why Wilmington Apartments Are Hot:
Apartments in Wilmington are situated in a truly beautiful city. With so much to see and do, there is nothing that isn’t hot about these apartments. Whether you are a college student moving to attend UNCW, an aspiring actor hoping to get an extra spot in an upcoming movie, or you’re moving by yourself for a new job or with a family just for a change of scenery, Wilmington has everything that you need for your new life. Enjoy the great outdoors, see the local soccer team battle it out, visit the local attractions, see a Shakespearean play, dine on delicious cuisine, and so much more. When you’re done exploring the city for the day, these Wilmington apartments will be waiting for you to return home for a good night’s sleep so you can explore some more tomorrow.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Cape Fear Community College
- University of North Carolina Wilmington
- Brunswick Community College
- Southeastern Community College
Nearby Military Bases
- Fort Fisher Air Force Station
- New River Marine Corps Air Station
- Camp Lejeune Marine Base
- Camp Lejeune Naval Base
- Exploring the beautiful antebellum architecture along the Cape Fear River.
- Marveling at the 230-block National Register Historic District, named a Distinctive Destination.
- Strolling along brick-lined streets, exploring the shops and boutiques or listening to live music.
- Enjoying Wilmington’s historic River District, home to more than 50 locally-owned pubs and restaurants.
- Swimming, surfing, and sunbathing at nearby Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach.