This chapter focuses on Castle Street, also called Dram Tree Park. The park is named for the fabled bald cypress that once stood on a miniature island just offshore of Sunset Park. It lasted from colonial times until the 1940s, when a workman unaware of the tree's significance cut it down. Legend has it that the “Dram Tree” was the landmark where inbound captains toasted the voyage with a celebratory round of grog for the crew, and outbound captains also lifted a dram, perhaps eager to leave behind the entanglements of shore. Dram Tree Park is in the throes of a major renovation—and a reclamation, since it turns out to be a hazardous waste site once occupied by the Wilmington Manufactured Gas Plant.
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