The World War II battleship USS North Carolina is held as a war memorial; located across from the downtown port area, the ship is open to public tours.
"Dream Stage 10," the facility's newest sound stage, is the third-largest in the US.
It houses the largest special-effects water tank in North America.
After the studio's opening in 1984, Wilmington became a major center of American film and television production.
Numerous movies in a range of genres and several television series, including Iron Man 3, Fox's Sleepy Hollow, One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek and NBC's Revolution, were produced there.
In recent years, however, the end of state tax credits to the industry has severely impacted filmmaking in the entire area.
The area had long been inhabited by various cultures of indigenous peoples; at the time of European encounter, historic Native Americans were tribes belonging to the Algonquian languages family.
The ethnic European and African history of Wilmington spans more than two and a half centuries.
Giovanni da Verrazano is reportedly the first European to observe the area, including the city's present site, in the early 16th century.
The only comprehensive listing of early map image sites. 2002} will find entries added at any time in that year) A number of the sites in this page include maps of the separate regions of Canada and the United States.