North Carolina-New Hanover -August 10

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-August 10

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Like most of the counties in North Carolina that are on the coast New Hanover is one of the state’s oldest. New Hanover also to be one of the state’s smallest counties.


Annexed from Craven County in 1729 and named after King George I of the Hanover House, New Hanover’s county seat was once called New Carthage. However, after its official establishment, the town became known as Wilmington.

There may not be a pretty sight in the state than traveling east on US 74 and crossing the Cape Fear River and looking to your left at Wilmington. Photo below.

wilmington skyline

The towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and the city of Wilmington, located on the Cape Fear River, are top tourist attractions for New Hanover County.

New Hanover has been the birthplace to some vital historic figures for the state of North Carolina. Edwin A. Alderman (1861-1931) was once president of three renowned universities: UNC-Chapel Hill, Tulane, and the University of Virginia; his birthplace was in Wilmington and many historians believe that during his tenure, Alderman was the most vital educator of the South.

Edwin Alderman

Photo of building below is Alderman Residence Hall at UNC Chapel Hill.

Another famous Wilmingtonian is John Burgwin (1731-1803), who moved to Wilmington from his native land of England in the 1770s.

Although he was never a prominent politician, Burgwin built one of North Carolina’s finest homes, the Burgwin-Wright House (1771), and his descendants made lasting contributions to the nation’s history.

The house is shown below and is located at 224 Market Street in Wilmington.

burgwin wright

John Henry King Burgwin, his grandson, was a hero of the Mexican War; his great grandson,W.H.S. Burgwyn, was a prominent banker; and Henry King Burgwyn, the famed “Boy Colonel,” was also his great grandson.



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