October 28, 2010

The Houston Chronicle: Cape Fear Scares

By KRISTIN FINAN
Oct. 27, 2010,

CAPE FEAR COAST, N.C. — Stephen King could come here for inspiration.

From the carnivorous Venus flytraps that grow native only in this region to the world's most venomous snakes that size up visitors at the Cape Fear Serpentarium, the creatures you'll find here are the same ones that regularly star in nightmares.

Oh, and dozens of ghosts are also said to wander this historic area, which centers on the city of Wilmington and also includes the smaller island communities of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach.

Cape Fear received its name not because of its serpents and spirits, however, but for the shallow, dangerous ground where the river meets the sea, resulting in many a sunken ship for early explorers.

Today, the Cape Fear River is less a hazard and more a picturesque accent to Wilmington, which has transitioned from a port town to a bustling city filled with cafes, boutiques, historic houses and tourist attractions. On the outskirts, the beach towns sparkle with charm as burger shacks intermix effortlessly with houses painted in the colors reminiscent of an Easter basket...

Read the full article here.

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