– Images of America Series
by: Beverly Tetterton
Incorporated in 1739 on the east bank of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington lies 28 nautical miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The city grew to become the largest in the state before the Civil War, and it remained so until the second decade of the 20th century. In 1840, Wilmington became the terminus of the states first railroad, and the port grew dramatically. From the Civil War until World War I, naval stores, cotton, and fertilizer were the major reasons for ships to call from all over the world.
Since 1789, a US Coast Guard cutter has been docked in Wilmington on the government wharf in front of the US Custom House. People began to look to the river as a place of recreation after the US Battleship North Carolina found a permanent berth on the west side of the river in 1961. What was once a busy harbor is now a scenic draw for tourists and locals who enjoy visiting the old city.
About the Author
Beverly Tetterton, archivist and librarian, assembled photographs from Wilmington collections. She has received local, state, and national recognition for her work in family, architectural, and maritime history. She lives in a historic house located a few blocks from the Cape Fear River.
Often referred to as Wilmington’s living encyclopedia, Tetterton recently retired from the New Hanover County Public Library where she has worked for over 30 years as the history librarian, becoming the go-to source for everything Wilmington.
Tetterton has also been an active volunteer for the Historic Wilmington Foundation and chairs their Historic Plaque Committee. She is also a former member of Wilmington’s Historic District Commission and a former Tarheel of the Week. All of Tetterton’s books have received rave customer reviews, including the exceptional two volume North Carolina County Fact Book, which she co-authored with her husband.
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (July 7, 2014)
Series: Images of America
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