13 Interesting Facts You DON’T Know About Wilmington, North Carolina
There are many little surprises about this city that are simply fun to learn about, contemplate, and read upon. In this article we’re going to cover 13 interesting facts we managed to dig out from the history vaults that are little-known.
FUN FACT #1:
Carolina Beach Boardwalk along Harper Avenue is currently ranked among the top 10 in the country. Bustling with sounds of music, laughter, and small children being entertained by a variety of family-friendly activities, it’s one of the last remaining boardwalks on the East Coast.
FUN FACT #2:
At Carolina Beach State Park you can see the Venus Flytrap in it’s natural environment. It’s carnivorous plant that can be seen year-round, yet blooms for but a few days during spring.
FUN FACT #3:
The city’s home to THE largest TV and movie studio in the United States next to California – also known as “East Hollywood” or toung and cheekly “Wilmywood”
FUN FACT #4:
According to “National Geographic”, Wrightsville Beach is one of the top 20 surfing spots in the entire world with its ‘laid back beach vibe’ mixed with metropolitan comfort amenities. It’s also the ideal destination for paddleboard enthusiasts to embark on a four-mile loop.
FUN FACT #5:
The first European to land at Cape Fear, a regional area where Wilmington now stands, is Giovanni Da Verrazzano. He describes it as “a pleasant and delectable to behold, as is possible to imagine.”
FUN FACT #6:
Many celebrities were born in raised in the famed city such as Sugar Ray Leonard (boxer), Roman Gabriel and Sonny Jurgensen (NFL quarterbacks), David Brinkley (newscaster), Michael Jordan (basketball player) and Shannon Gordon (stuntman). It’s said Oscar Wilde took a swim at Wrightsville Beach while in town.
FUN FACT #7:
Before it was known at “Wilmington”, it was known as Watson, New Carthage, New Liverpool and Newton Town.
FUN FACT #8:
Wilmington got much of their street plan influences from the city of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia.
FUN FACT #9:
There are 19 individual locations currently listed on the National Register for Historic Places.
FUN FACT #10:
Although the city is known to have hosted a handful of US Presidents, Woodrow Wilson – the 28th President – was at one point and time a resident!
FUN FACT #11:
When spring rolls around you can count on the city of Wilmington to throw a celebration hosting the annual Azalea Festival. Live music, food vendors and mini-events line the streets as city residents and visitors from all over share in the joy and unique charm of the city.
FUN FACT #12:
The Temple of Israel – home of the oldest Synagogue in all of North Carolina – is still housed in its original nineteenth century architecture. Regardless of your religious affiliation this temple in all of its rich history should be a necessary visit for everyone to experience, learn, and grow.
FUN FACT #13:
World War II was a time of international upheaval so the government commissioned the Emergency Building Program to produce 243 warships to assist in America’s efforts to eventually win the war. That company was the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company.
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