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Down the Wild Cape FearA River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina$
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Philip Gerard

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469602073

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469608129_Gerard

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Down the Wild Cape Fear

Philip Gerard

University of North Carolina Press

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.

Keywords:   Castle Street, Dram Tree Park, bald cypress, Sunset Park, colonial times

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