An old photo of the Bellamy Mansion and the Kenan Fountain, at Fifth and Market Street in Wilmington, NC. The bottom tier of the fountain has (sadly) been removed to accommodate Market Street traffic, which has to wind, at its peril, around the fountain. Notice, too, that the Bellamy Mansion during this time had no paint, which was the case when I was growing up. Now, it has been scrubbed, cleaned, painted and restored back to its Antebellum splendor, as it was before General Sherman made the house his headquarters during the Union occupation of Wilmington at the close of the Civil War. Mercifully, General Sherman did not burn down the city, as he did in so many other places. Accompanying General Sherman in the house at that time was Secretary of State Seward, later famed for the purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire, which became known as "Seward's Folly." I love this house and the Kenan Fountain; to me, they are the unique heart of old Wilmington; conjuring up so many creative, eccentric and unique souls who I have known; people for which the South seems to have a distinct monopoly.