Soon, we will begin the Holiday season by decorating the rooms, stairways and halls of the Bellamy Mansion. It always looks beautiful at this time of year. Christmas was an important time to the Bellamy family, a time to celebrate with friends and family. However, in Victorian times, and especially in the South, Christmas was different from today's celebrations. The Christmas dinner was a big event.
Miss Ellen writes about Christmas dinner with "Uncle Taylor," who lived on the other side of First Baptist Church. (Image of his house below.) The feast was held for over two dozen people and "the table extended from the front windows to the back. They prepared for this dinner for weeks."
Roving, costumed minstrels entertained them, and were given money. Often, quarters were given to the children rather than gifts. In the South, this was the time to give new material to the servants for clothes, and, in the country, women of the household often cooked the Christmas meal for the servants.
The Greater Wilmington Business Journal presents annual awards with support from a host of groups, including the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, FOCUS, Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Wilmington Housing Authority, Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association, Cape Fear Housing Coalition, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Cape Fear Land Trust and WARM.
In the Arts, Culture and Heritage area the Bellamy Museum won this important community award for the fifteen year slave quarters project. The restoration of the building is of huge importance to this site and is historically unique to Wilmington. We are so excited for this achievement!
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