Cape Fear Museum gives us a look at Azalea Festival artifacts


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –┬áThe Azalea Festival has been a part of Wilmington more than seventy years, but who is keeping up with all of the history behind it?

Curators at the Cape Fear Museum have collected dozens of artifacts that paint the picture of the festival over the years.

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“The City of A Million Azaleas” has been promoted and preserved in many ways.

From a hand carved wooden bowl, to multiple magazines, brochures and pictures the museum has preserved items that date back to the first years of the festival.

Many of these items were given to the museum and the ones we’re showing you now will be the only time the public may see them.

The museum currently has some images on display and is debating a broader exhibit.

“We have some items right now in our Hugh Morton exhibit because he did take photographs that ended up in a lot of the brochures,” said museum curator Heather Yanco. “We also have areas of the museum where we kind of focus on specific collections the museum offers and this would be a great area for something like that to show the wide arrange of items from the Azalea fest.”

The museum does not have a specific exhibit for the festival but the Morton exhibit is happening now and the public can see photos from festivals in years past during normal museum hours.