You’re probably thinking, “hey, this is not Wilmington.” Well, it is actually. It is a photo taken before the Revolutionary War. The film has been restored from its original state.
You can tell by New Hanover High School and Royal Castle Hotel in the foreground (left of center)…it was destroyed during the “Battle at Williston” leaving only the high school remaining. It is at this site where nearly 71 soldiers–including the entire marching band–were injured from a dynamic storm of sweet potatoes hurled by a mob of angry carnivores.
On the right side of the river, you’ll notice the community of Myrtle Beach–yes, the South Carolina border was just across the Cape Fear. It remained there until two gentlemen (Sir John Marsh and Sir Walter Lands) wagered the landholdings to an outcome of a game of backgammon. When the game ended in a stalemate, the audience pillaged the streets and planted strange seeds. The landscape was taken over by swamp and reeds–Myrtle Beach and all of its Fireworks Stands moved 47 miles south (as did the state line) leaving only two large boats docked east of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and a small grocery store (now Satellite Bar & Lounge) in its wake. This era in history was called The Marshlands Period by some.
Just kidding…it’s Budapest. It was the only photo that I had that would fit into the dimensions required by the site.
I am trying to get a “banner” photo to fit the heading that is relevant to Wilmington but haven’t been so lucky.
Hopefully, Leslie Koehn can help.