Mission Statement:

"To advance through research, education and symposia, an increased public awareness of the Cape Fear region's unique history."

The Cape Fear Historical Institute:

"Dedicated To Research, Education and Symposia."

Highlighting Cape Fear History Since 2003


Dawson House, Market Street

Enjoy a rewarding tour around historic Wilmington's

blocks while learning about the city's rich architectural

heritage. So much to see!

Architectural Walking Tour of Wilmington!

Call 910.619.4619



Of very special interest is the one of a kind

"Civil War Wilmington Walking Tour,"

which highlights people, historic buildings

and events of the ante-bellum and wartime era.

See our Tours and Events page for details.


Origin & Mission:

The CFHI was established in 2003 as a fully independent,

non-governmental, not-for-profit educational Institute

dedicated to the promotion of regional historical research,

and the dissemination of historical knowledge. 

The Institute's primary goal is to increase public awareness

of 18th & 19th Century American history through

primary and secondary sources, credible facts, and

critical analysis.

The Institute supports and advises historians researching

regional history and promotes public outreach through

stimulating lectures, symposia and historical publications.


Partnership & Collaboration:

The Cape Fear Historical Institute promotes partnership

and liaison with local historical groups through joint lecture

and research projects to further public outreach. We welcome

contact and professional relationships with organizations

promoting similar goals.

Visit the below website for a unique North Carolina viewpoint

of the War Between the States, and its effect upon the

Cape Fear region in particular.

North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial

Public Outreach:

The Institute participates in area projects and historical

events with information booths that promote our mission

and allows the public   to better understand the unique

history of this region.