House on Cape Fear - Secret Garden Tour Part One

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall seems an odd time to take a tour of gardens, don't you think?
But The Secret Garden Tour, hosted by the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society,
around historical downtown Wilmington, NC, did not disappoint!
It was wonderful!

The tour showcased the gardens of 10 private homes and 3 community ones.
I'll be sharing pictures from the tour in three parts... there was that much inspiration!

The Cameron-Hollman House, (currently owned by Mike McCarley),
 and it's majestic garden will be our starting point for the posts.

The Cameron-Hollman House was built in 1790, by Capt. George Cameron.
In 1973, the Federal style home, with Victorian accents, was moved
directly across the street to it's riverfront location, by the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

The home sits high on a hill, overlooking the Cape Fear River,
at the base of the monstrous Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

The thundering clatter of traffic resounding from the metal grates on the bridge
 would seemingly make this a terrible place to reside, but the noise was oddly therapeutic!

The landscape of the garden flows effortlessly across a slope down to the river.

I saw the metal bird bath statue, below, and one very similar at another home.
Wondered if there was any significance, and the history behind the two.

Beautiful, unique piece!

The garden was once the site of the old Tidewater Power Plant,
and some of the remnants from the plant are still visible.

I hope you'll return for the next two parts of
The Secret Garden Tour, which I'll share over the next few weeks.
Still lots of wonderful, delightful sights to see!

~Rhonda :)


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  1. Oh my goodness! What a stunning garden!

  2. How gorgeous! Isn't it amazing how an entire house can be moved?! And from the 1700's...that is just fascinating! All so beautiful!!

  3. Beautiful! I love historic homes and gardens.
    Thanks for visiting me....and I did change my header. I am experimenting with a new look, like a new hairdo. Ha. Thank you so much for reading me and leaving me a note! Sheila

  4. What an incredible place. i would be in heaven. Thank you for sharing with us!

    Jane xx

  5. Hi Rhonda! Oh, these are gorgeous homes and gardens and what a view! I would love to put this one on my bucket list! Hope you're having a good week and thanks for popping in to see me. Oh, I love your blog's new look! Classy!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. So, so beautiful. The pictures are wonderful, Rhonda.


  7. Wow. What a spectacular home and gardens. The view is spectacular too.


  8. What a gorgeous place, Rhonda! I wouldn't mind the bridge either, if I had that view ;)

    I absolutely loved your tractor display in the front yard. It really turned out cute!


  9. What an amazing post filled with so much beauty!!

    Thanks for sharing!!


  10. Rhonda, I love gardens and this one is beautiful and lush! Thank you for sharing! Can't wait to see the others! Blessings, Pam (

  11. Oh, wow...this is simply stunning! I can't imagine living in a place like this!

    Thanks for such a sweet comment, you are so great! :)

    Jane x

  12. Oh what a beautiful tour! Thanks for taking us along ;) Blessings, Cecilia

  13. gorgeous is that garden....and yes, you would think that the noise from the bridge would be distracting, but I can see how it could be a bit therapeutic. Thanks for the magnificent tour!

  14. Beautiful, we spent our vacation this year on the Outer Banks, and ended up in Wilmington for the last two days. We had dinner on the waterfront near that bridge. I wish the garden tour had been offered then! Visiting from Foodie Friday, lovely photos.

  15. Great Photos! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Janet

  16. Beautiful! I so much enjoyed this tour. Thanks for sharing on Best of the Weekend!

  17. That's fabulous! Would love to visit! Happy Halloween! Stop by if you get a chance!

    Cottage Blessings,
    Chippy White Cottage

  18. What a beautiful place! Thanks for taking us along!

  19. Rhonda, I loved every word and photo. Like most grand old dames, this house had a story to tell.The formal gardens are so pretty--the boxwoods are enormous!


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