Q. What was the past function of the 4-foot tall concrete posts that are still found on corners downtown? There is one on the SE corner of Front and Orange. There is a metal slide on the side of the post that once held something.
A. One of Historic Wilmington’s forgotten obelisks stands on the corner of Front and Orange streets in downtown Wilmington. This obelisk, like the old stone hitching post at the Hogg-Anderson house in this same block, stands askew and off the perpendicular.
It once supported a small cast iron U.S. government mailbox on the post. Although it corners have been chamfered or beveled, this structure is a true obelisk with tapering sides and pyramidal cap. It is a stamped with the date 1941.
Another obelisk that has survived stands in the 2100 block of Wrightsville Avenue in front of the Delgado Square Shopping Center. There is an obelisk, with the U.S. mailbox on the post located at the Montclair Drive cul-de-sac, in the Winter Park area.
Date posted: September 17, 2013
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