Wilmington: The Town Where Michael Jordan Spent His High school Years [Hollywood of the East, Wilmywood]

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Wilmington is a coastal town in southeastern North Carolina.

Wilmington is also the town where Michael Jordan spent his high school years.

The name Wilmington is derived from Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was Prime Minister to King George II of England.

NOTE: There is another city with the same name in Delaware, which also has the same name.

Wilmington is also known as "Hollywood of the East" and "Wilmywood" because of its thriving film industry.

NOTE: Wilmywood is a word coined from Wilmington and Hollywood.

Wilmington is known for its rich history, picturesque riverfront, beautiful beaches and vibrant cultural scene.

Wilmington is characterized by as follows.

  • Historic Downtown: With its brick-lined streets, historic buildings and scenic riverwalk along the Cape Fear River, downtown Wilmington is steeped in history. It is home to shops, restaurants, galleries and entertainment venues.
  • Cape Fear River: the Cape Fear River runs through Wilmington and offers river cruises, kayaking and waterfront walks. The Riverwalk is popular with locals and visitors alike.
  • Beaches: Wilmington is close to a number of beautiful beaches, including Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. These sandy beaches are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, fishing and other water activities.
  • Historic Sites: The Battleship North Carolina, a World War II battleship turned museum. Other sites include the Bellamy Mansion Museum, Airlie Gardens and Old Wilmington.
  • Cultural Scene: Wilmington has a thriving arts and cultural scene with numerous galleries, theatres and music venues. A variety of festivals and events celebrating film, music and local arts are held throughout the year.
  • Film Industry: Wilmington is a popular filming location for movies and television programs and has been dubbed the "Hollywood of the East". Various films have been shot here, including Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill.
  • Outdoor Activities: In addition to the beach, Wilmington offers outdoor activities such as hiking and biking in nearby parks and exploring nature reserves.
  • Culinary Diversity: Wilmington offers a wide variety of cuisines, from Southern to international, seafood to farm-to-table cuisine.

Overall, Wilmington offers a fascinating blend of history, natural beauty, cultural attractions and a relaxed coastal atmosphere.

It is an attractive destination for tourists and a pleasant place to live for residents.

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The nearest international airport to Wilmington is Wilmington International Airport.

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Emsley A. Laney High School: The high school Michael Jordan Attended in Wilmington

The high school Michael Jordan attended in Wilmington is Emsley A. Laney high school.

Here are videos of Michael Jordan's introduction at E. A. Rainey High School.

North Carolina Azalea Festival

North Carolina Azalea Festival is a festival of "azaleas resembling hydrangeas" held annually in Wilmington in April.

These are introduction videos of North Carolina Azalea Festival.

5 Recommended Attractions in Wilmington

Here are 5 recommended attractions in Wilmington.

Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is about 4miles (6km) long on the coast just east of Wilmington.

Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier, a wharf on Wrightsville Beach, is a sight to behold!

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EUE/Screen Gems Studios

EUE/Screen Gems Studios is a studio of Screen Gems, Inc.

Screen Gems is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, part of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Group in Japan.

EUE/Screen Gems Studios is the largest film and television production facility outside of California.

Dream Stage 10 is the newest sound stage at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and the third largest in United States.

Famous movies and TV series filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios are as follows.

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USS North Carolina (BB-55)

USS North Carolina (BB-55) is a battleship of the U.S. Navy.

USS North Carolina (BB-55) is named for the state of North Carolina and is of the same generation as Yamato-class battleship.

Currently, USS North Carolina (BB-55) is decommissioned and can be visited as a museum.

Here are videos introducing USS North Carolina (BB-55).

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is the oldest museum in North Carolina, established in 1898.

The collection of Cape Fear Museum of History and Science includes artifacts related to American Civil War and the history, science, and culture of the Wilmington area.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science also displays Michael Jordan merchandise!

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Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens is a botanical garden located in Wilmington.

The name Airlie comes from "Airlie, Angus," where Mrs. Sarah Green Jones' family home was located in Scotland.

Airlie Gardens is home to thousands of azaleas, camellias, magnolias, palms, and hydrangeas.

Airlie Gardens' gatekeeper, Minnie Evans, is famous for her 1954 oil painting of a tree titled "Airlie Oak," which is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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We introduced Wilmington, the town where Michael Jordan spent his high school years.

Wilmington has a thriving film industry and is known as "Hollywood of the East" and "Wilmywood".

Book your travel arrangements here if you would like to learn more about it!