Bladen County – Preservation Celebration at Oakland Plantation

Saturday May 20
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Preservation North Carolina and the Bellamy Mansion Museum for an afternoon at Oakland Plantation.  Oakland is a remarkably well-preserved Revolutionary-period plantation house with handsome Georgian interiors.  Its dramatic approach and setting make it a place of unique and evocative beauty.  Situated on a bluff overlooking the Cape Fear River in Bladen County, Oakland Plantation was built around 1780 by General Thomas Brown, an American Revolutionary War patriot.  The property was purchased in 1941 by J.A. Neisler of the prominent Kings Mountain textile family, who restored and modernized the house to host guest deer hunters.  The annual Oakland hunts continue today and are legendary for the quality of the hunting, the richness of the fellowship, the depth of the hospitality, and the sense of history.  Learn more about the history of Oakland and other Cape Fear plantations from historians Ed Turberg and Janet Seapker at the event.

Preservation North Carolina is grateful to the Neisler family for sharing this wonderful historic property with you!  This special event will benefit Preservation NC and the Bellamy Mansion Museum in Wilmington.  Enjoy this rare opportunity to tour this historic Cape Fear River house and its beautiful grounds.  Light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served.

Carver’s Creek Methodist Church will also be open.  The 1859 Greek-Revival building was built after the earlier 1810 church was destroyed by fire.  A mid-18th century Quaker meeting house was originally on the site.  The cemetery dates to 1740 and features a number of notable graves including that of Oakland builder, General Thomas Brown and his family, as well as a number of early unmarked Quaker graves.

While you’re there, drive down past Oakland to see (or ride) the Elwell Ferry, one of three remaining inland ferries in NC.  Opened in 1905, it was the only river crossing between Elizabethtown and Wilmington until 1952.  The ferry runs until about 5pm, so plan accordingly.

Click here to support Preservation NC with an event sponsorship or to purchase tickets. If you have questions about this event, sponsorship or tickets, please contact Carolyn Fifer at 919-832-3652 x 227 or

Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors

Betty Neisler Timberlake, Southport
Marlene Neisler, Lake Waccamaw

Anne Faircloth and Frederick Beaujeu-Dufour, Clinton

Craige and Fox, PLLC, Wilmington
Council Tool Company, Inc., Lake Waccamaw
E. J. Cox Company, Clarkton
Jeff and Susan McLean MacIntosh, Winston-Salem
The Eloise McLean Family, Lake Waccamaw
Rodney and Juanita Shearer-Swink, Raleigh

Brandon Bunn and Doug Halterman, Tarboro
John Clark, Clinton
Joan Johnstone, Surf City
Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate, Winston-Salem
J. David Millican, Clayton

Bladenboro Historical Society
Boost the ‘Boro, Inc., Bladenboro
Harmony Hall Plantation Village, White Oak
Reuben Brown House Preservation Society, Whiteville