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Historic Activities | Visit Leland, NC | Near Wilmington

Leland, North Carolina, is just across the Cape Fear River from Wilmington, one of colonial southeastern America’s most significant port towns and cultural centers. Thanks to this unique location, Leland is steeped in history and surrounded by sites like gorgeous antebellum architecture, Civil War forts, and a WWII battleship. Explore historic activities near you in Leland.

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson
Visit Website Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

A major pre-Revolutionary port on North Carolina's Cape Fear River, Brunswick was razed by British troops in 1776 and never rebuilt. During the Civil War, Fort Anderson was constructed atop the old village site, and served as part of the Cape Fear River defenses below Wilmington before the fall of the Confederacy. Colonial foundations dot the... { Learn More }

Historic Southport
Visit Website Historic Southport

Located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, Southport's picturesque historic district and lively downtown are graced by historic homes, stately oaks, art galleries and gift shops, great restaurants, and a charming waterfront. It's history is full of pirates, blockade runners, and more recently Hollywood films and television shows like Crimes of the Heart,... { Learn More }

Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum
Visit Website Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum

Until the last few months of the Civil War, Fort Fisher kept North Carolina's port of Wilmington open to blockade-runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By 1865, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee's Army of... { Learn More }

Historic Downtown Wilmington
Visit Website Historic Downtown Wilmington

Downtown Wilmington has a charm and style all its own - befitting an historic port city with roots that go back almost three centuries. Here, you'll find something unique at every turn: a WWII battleship, a thriving movie production studio, cobblestone streets with horse-drawn carriages, elegant restaurants, splendid gardens, unique crafts and shops, music festivals, theatrical... { Learn More }