WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of the iconic museum homes in Wilmington’s Historic Downtown District sustained significant damage as a result of Hurricane Florence.
According to a statement released by the Bellamy Mansion Museum, the house lost a portion of its belvedere roof and water poured down on the ceilings, floors and walls all the way to the basement. The wood, plaster and carpet were completely waterlogged by the record rainfall.
Outside, a number of the property’s stately magnolia trees lost limbs but remain standing.
Museum staff are looking for volunteers to assist with helping with the removal of tree limbs and cleaning the inside of the mansion.
Site Manager Bob Lock says he needs a powerful chainsaw, standing or box fans and dehumidifiers. Above all, Lock says they need lots of willing volunteers to assist with massive clean up operation.
The museum plans to reopen as soon as possible but until then, they encourage anyone who is able to assist to help out.
“We always say we cannot operate the museum without our volunteers, and that statement has never been more true,” said Bellamy Mansion Museum Executive Director Gareth Evans.