The bellamy mansion was a moderately enjoyable tourist attraction. The NC state preservation trust has done a terrific job of maintaining this place and offering top of the line tours. However, the upshod is that this is an empty house. Its currently plumbed and wired with electricity but apparently was among the first homes in the city to have gas in the 19th century. The slave quarters bespeak the stark living that these people had in service of the bellamy family. The home has a belvedere and architectural details that aid in cooling the home in a natural way that was pretty neat. It also had a slave powered system of hot and cold water pumped into the house. The english basement, garden level, dining room was probably the highlight as it still contained period furniture and even a menu of an actual christmas dinner served to the family in the 1860's. The tour guide was particularly well practiced and interesting to listen to, he must have done this before. He made no apologies for the slave owning tradition of the namesake and wasn't squirrelly about talking about the inequity of the age.
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