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What’s the history of the Sidbury House in Rocky Point?

Ben Steelman

The neo-Colonial house, built around 1870 or 1871, sits off U.S. 117 about .3 mile south of the intersection with S.R. 1411. According to family historian Charles Sidbury, it was the longtime home of Stonewall Jackson Sidbury (1863-1918), the son of Woodman Stockley Sidbury (1792-1866) and Nancy Nixon Sidbury. The Sidbury-Sparkman family cemetery is adjacent to the property. The house has been included on Pender County historic home tours.

This branch of the Sidbury family is distantly related to Dr. J. Buren Sidbury (1886-1967), the pioneering Wilmington pediatrician who in 1920 founded Babies Hospital on the Intracoastal Waterway, across from Wrightsville Beach, as a pediatric clinic. An area landmark for more than half a century, Babies Hospital closed in 1978 and was demolished in 2004.

Dr. Sidbury grew up in Holly Ridge, the son of Pender County native Verlinza Sidbury (1855-1943) and Frances Williams Sidbury.


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