Wilmington North Carolina

Founded circa 1739 and once served as a sanctuary for pirates such as Blackbeard.

Named for British Whig Statesman, Lord Spencer Compton, England's Earl of Wilmington.

Was largest city in North Carolina , population 9553, until the end of the Civil War in1865.

Known for poorly lit roads, city seems to have more stop lights/stop signs than street lights.

Fort Fisher was the last Confederate port to fall to Union Forces at end of the Civil War.

Was a major naval dockyard construction site for over 250 World War II "Liberty Ships."

City had POW camps where over 500 enemy soldiers were held during World War II.

Model who posed for the famous portrait "Whistler's Mother" once lived in Wilmington.

Home town of Henry Bacon, architect of Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

Wilmington to Weldon Railroad completed in 1840, was world's longest at 161.5 miles.

The Bijou opened on Front Street in 1906.  Was first motion picture theater in the state.

 The Morning Star News is North Carolina's oldest continuously operating newspaper.

Home of Laney High School that cut Michael Jordan from the varsity basketball team.

Filming location of One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek, Sleepy Hollow, Revolution, etal.

Film production studio location for more than 300 motion pictures/television shows.

Home port of the retired World War II Battleship "USS North Carolina" since 1962.