Wilmington North Carolina

Founded circa 1739 and served as a sanctuary for pirates such as Blackbeard.
Named for Whig Statesman Spencer Compton, England's Earl of Wilmington.
Wilmington to Weldon Railroad was the world's longest in 1840 at 161.5 miles.
Fort Fisher was last Confederate port to fall to Union Forces in the Civil War.
City was largest in North Carolina (population 9553) until the end of the Civil War.
The Morning Star is North Carolina's oldest continuously operating newspaper.
Model who posed for the portrait "Whistler's Mother" lived in Wilmington.
The Bijou, which opened circa 1904, was first motion picture theater in the state.
Home town of Henry Bacon, the architect of Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Wilmington was a naval construction site for 243 warships during World War II .
City had three POW camps which held over 500 enemy soldiers during WW II.
Home port since 1962 for retired World War II Battleship "USS North Carolina".
Site of High School that cut Michael Jordan from the varsity basketball team.
Filming site for Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, Sleepy Hollow & Ironman3.
Film studio that has produced more than 300 motion pictures/television shows.
Interstate 40 from Wilmington to Barstow California is 2554 miles in length.