Haunted Cotton Excahnge Tours

Tour Old Wilmington


Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours

Scary, creepy and mostly ghostly tales!

Chills and Thrills await you at the one of the most historic & haunted locations in Wilmington.

Tours 7 days a week

Under 12 Free
All Others $12 each

Group, Private and Bus Tours available

Call for Tour Times

(910) 409-4300


Haunted Tours are so secret you'll have to call for location!
Bring your camera! Things are happening everyday!

5 Star Review for the Haunted Cotton Exhange


I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful tour you gave our family, my 13 year old son just loved it and has not stopped talking about all the wonderful facts told!

By the way we were the family that called Thanksgiving night!

Thanks so very much for your time!

Justine P

Saturday, March 24, 2012

5 Star Review for the Haunted Cotton Exchange

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful tour you gave our family, my 13 year old son just loved it and has not stopped talking about all the wonderful facts told! With that being said, is there any written material on the many stories told? I would love to purchase this if possible. Again, I would love to purchase any written material that you would have so that he could share his experience with the school!
By the way we were the family that called Thanksgiving night!
Thanks so very much for your time!
Justine P

Group Tour Discounts!

Haunted Cotton Exchange Group on Tour!

Coming to Visit Historic Wilmington, North Carolina this summer? Tour Group Discounts. 5 Star Story Tellers!

Always a good Day for a Haunted Cotton Exchange or a History Walking Tour!
Group Discounts with 10 or more, age 12 and under FREE with adult.  Great for bus tours groups, clubs,schools, family reunions, company outings, fund raisers..
Fun for the whole family!
Call for Tour Times
Call 910-409-4300

Monday, March 12, 2012

Pictures of the Cotton Echange

 The brass lanterns at the Cotton Exchange entrance on S. Front street were originally installed in front of the old customs house on Water Street.  In the 1970's they were found in the city dump and brought here to live at the Cotton Exchange.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wilmington Streets & Retaining Walls

The first paving materials in Wilmington were ballast stones.  Conveniently discarded by departing vessels, the endless supply of stone was also used for house foundations, retaining walls and filler when Water Street was created out of the marshy waterfront.  As late as the 1980s, ballast stones were still fairly easy to find lying around the downtown.  Several ballast stone retaining walls survive.  A good example can be seen behind the Mitchell-Anderson House at 102 Orange Street. 

Belgian paving stones (rectangular blocks of quarried stone or granite) were used to pave streets in the later part of the nineteenth century.  They were also used as ballast during the time of wooden sailing ships.  May of them where discarded during the urban renewal and others have been paved over with asphalt.  The late historian, Bill Reaves, lamented in a 1975 newspaper article what the city had removed the old block from Lodge Alley and was using it to fill in the old boat slips on Water Street, rather than exhibit it in the historic district. 

Lodge Alley was an L-shaped alley that ran from the south side of Red Cross Street to Front Street.  Old Belgian block can still be seen at Chandler’s Wharf and in front of the Cotton Exchange.

In 1891, city officials began to flirt with the idea of brick roadways. 
The Morning Star, 13 December1891 reported the following:  “Bricks make practically a noiseless pavement; the fit so closely that there is no inter-spaces to retain filth and breed disease; a brick pavement is easily cleaned; it is easily repaired; bricks can be made of any size and shape for gutter, slopes, etc., without much, if any, additional cost; brick pavements are smooth and reduce the tractive power and wear and tear of vehicles almost to a minimum.  Bricks do not polish under wear, and hence afford a good foothold to horses; the are not affected appreciably by moisture, frost or fire.  The cost of a brick pavement is less than any good pavement; hence on the score of health, comfort and cost brick pavements have much to commend them. “ 

By 1900, city workers were constantly laying brick pavement from the inner city outward.  Businesses and residents were assessed for the cost of laying the brick in front of their buildings.

Preservationists have repeatedly worked to save Wilmington’s old brick streets.  In the 1970’s residents in the historic district removed the seal coating that city workers had spread in the preparation for pavement at the intersection of Fourth and Ann streets.  To protect their efforts, they hired a security guard to keep the city at bay. As late as 1997, the controversy raged.  Advice from other historic cities, which envy Wilmington’s miles of brick streets, convinced city officials to do their utmost to repair and save this important historic resource.

Wilmington paving bricks, which weigh about ten pones, are marked with seals of their manufacturer-Peebles Block, Augusta Block and Southern Clay.

Before sidewalks, resident had to dart back and forth to avoid mud holes and sinking sand.  The first sidewalks were made of wooden planks that were raised six to eight inches above ground.  Residential areas had a few wooden sidewalks, but were generally sand paths. In the late nineteenth century, brick sidewalks began replacing wooden ones.  Here and there, an old brick sidewalk can still be seen in the residential area of the historic district.  Early on, some residents installed their own sidewalks.  Octagonal cement block walks (c. 1900) are still visible on the northeast and northwest corners of Fifth Avenue and Dock Street.  Concrete sidewalks were laid by the second and third decades of the twentieth century. 

Source: A Pictorial History of Wilmington by Anne Russell

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tour Old Wilmington

Visit one of  the most haunted locations in Wilmington!
In fact it's so secret, we can't tell you where it is until you call!

 13 and up $12 per person
12 and under FREE with paying adult.

Open Year Round
7 Days a Week

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