One of North Carolina’s premier architectural and historic treasures, offering tours, changing exhibitions on history and design arts and an informative look at historic preservation in action.
The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts is a stewardship property of Preservation North Carolina.
Visitors to the Mansion will see all floors and the belvedere of the restored 22 room house. The tours emphasize the architecture, construction, and restoration of the house as well as the fascinating history of its former occupants. Two gallery spaced feature changing exhibits on architectural history, historic preservation, and the design arts.
Built by free and enslaved blacks as the city residence of Dr. John D. Bellamy, a prominent planter, physician and businessman, the Bellamy Mansion is a mixture of neoclassical Greek Revival and Italianate styles. The Bellamy family moved into their new home on the eve of the Civil War, only to be displaced by the conflict. When the family returned in 1865, they found their house occupied by Union forces. Soon afterward, Dr. Bellamy reclaimed the property, and it remained the family residence until 1946.