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Where are the two cement lions that were in front of the old police station at City Hall? What was their origin?

Amanda Lisk
StarNews

In the late 1880s multimillionaire financier Pembroke Jones and his wife, Sara, purchased 2,200 acres of land, known today as Landfall. Across the way, where the Lions Gate town homes now sit, was the Jones hunting club. Two lion cement sculptures greeted guests at the entrance to the club.

The lions later relocated to outside City Hall back when the Wilmington Police Department occupied the basement, but with the police moving out of City Hall’s basement in 1962, the current location of the lion statues remains a mystery. Neither the Wilmington city public relations office nor the police department’s public relations office could remember the lions and Beverly Tetterton’s “Wilmington: Lost But Not Forgotten” book does not mention them.

“Some people think they were destroyed,” said Joseph Sheppard, historian with the New Hanover County Public Library North Carolina Room. “Then there’s the Indiana Jones theory that they are being secretly stored somewhere for safekeeping.”

Pembroke and Sara Jones also owned Airlie Gardens and held lavish parties at their 39-room mansion equipped with a full banquet hall, ballroom and covered tennis court.

With friends like Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Enrico Caruso, William Vanderbilt and President William Taft, the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” is believed to have been derived from the lives of Pembroke and Sara Jones.

If you know the whereabouts of the two lion statues, let us know in the comments below!

 

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One Response to “ Where are the two cement lions that were in front of the old police station at City Hall? What was their origin?”

  1. On November 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm Bill wrote:

    Strange no one knows, Like the Greenfield Train and the Carrousel,,, Help!



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