The city's long history, including its part in the American Revolution, is revealed in sights downtown and in the surrounding area. The Cotton Exchange is a complex of old mills, warehouses and cotton export buildings now used as shopping and entertainment centers. Henrietta III, a boat resembling the paddle wheelers that once plied the Cape Fear River, has been put into service as a tourist vessel. Wilmington, also a college town, hosts annual events such as the Azalea Festival, North Carolina Jazz Festival, Christmas candlelight tours, fishing tournaments, and the Cucalorus Film Festival. EUE/Screen Gems Studios turn out more than 300 film, television, and commercial productions, including Iron Man 3 for Marvel, Under the Dome for CBS, and the popular CW network shows Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More