The Wilmington Riverfront

By: Ginger

Oct 28 2009

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Category: Downtown Photos, Watery Wednesday


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Wilmington, North Carolina is situated on the beautiful Cape Fear River.

The Cape Fear River is a 202 miles (325 km) long blackwater river in east central North Carolina. It flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Fear, from which it takes its name

A blackwater river is a river with a deep, slow-moving channel that flows through forested swamps and wetlands. As vegetation decays in the water, tannins are leached out, resulting in transparent, acidic water that is darkly stained, resembling tea or coffee. Most major blackwater rivers are in the Amazon River system and the Southern United States.

The name (variously “Cape Fair” and “Cape Fare”, a sept of the Scots’ Ross Clan) comes from the 1585 expedition of Sir Richard Grenville. Sailing to Roanoke Island, his ship became embayed behind the cape. Some of the crew were afraid they would wreck, giving rise to the name Cape Fear. It is the fifth oldest surviving English place-name in the U.S.

It was the landing place of General Sir Henry Clinton during the American Revolutionary War on May 3, 1775.

This photo is forWatery Wednesday.

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6 comments on “The Wilmington Riverfront”

  1. I’ve learned much more than I knew about blackwater rivers now. Your photo is lovely, I love old southern cities.

  2. Great view. Makes me want to visit. Thanks for the history and sharing the picture.

  3. Interesting history and great photo!

  4. love the composition of this photo. a beautiful riverfront–not crowded.

  5. Interesting post and wonderful photos on the Cape Fear river.

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