Q. I’m interested in finding information on Halton’s Lodge and Camp Burgwyn and the approximate locations of both.
A. Halton’s Lodge was a plantation on the Northeast Cape Fear River, near Smith Creek at Castle Hayne. It was owned by Robert Halton.
Thomas Devanes deeded the approximately 500 acres to Robert Halton on Dec. 14, 1739.
Halton became a justice of the peace for the New Hanover Precinct in 1734. He was one of Wilmington’s original commissioners and was a colonel in the New Hanover militia.
By 1753 he fallen on hard times. On May 29 1753, Haltons Lodge and the land was seized by Sheriff Caleb Grainer to satisfy a debt to Henry Miller.
Camp Burgwyn was a Confederate Civil War camp located just outside northeast Wilmington, off of the Old New Bern Road (today’s Princess Place Drive).
According to a previous StarNews article, UNCW historian Chris Fonvielle says this was a fairly large encampment. The artifact field spreads from Princess Place Drive out 23rd Street, indicating the camp was very spread out. There were several Burgwins and Burgwyns in the area at that time, but it is unclear who the camp was actually named after.
Date posted: March 11, 2013
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