Stewardship Properties

Preservation North Carolina owns or manages three stewardship properties. One is open to the public regularly.  The others may be seen only on special occasions.

Bellamy Mansion, Wilmington

Deeded to Preservation North Carolina in 1993, this well-known mansion has been restored after a devastating fire and now houses a museum of North Carolina history and design arts.  The Bellamy Mansion is open to the public for tours and hosts several special events and exhibitions throughout the year. To learn more about the Bellamy Mansion, visit the website at

Coolmore Plantation, Tarboro

Given by Joe C. Powell and Mary Collins Powell, this National Historic Landmark property is being maintained and occupied by a descendant of the original builder under a long-term lease to ensure its preservation.

El Nido, Shelby

Donated by Evelyn Ray Gibbs, this landmark Mission-style home is undergoing renovation through a long-term Resident Curator lease, the first of its kind in North Carolina.