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What is the story behind “Doctor Point” on maps of the Cape Fear River across from The Cape golf course?

Amanda Lisk

In a history document about the Federal Point area linked below, it states the Doctor Point nautical marker was likely named for Dr. John Fergus, a surgeon from the late 1700s who served in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution and later became a leader in the Wilmington/New Hanover County region as justice of the peace and a commissioner.

Dr. Fergus owned a plantation on the Cape Fear River called Bell Meade, located near the marker. The land was passed down to him by his father James Fergus, a large land owner and real estate seller. Today the land is the property of the Wilmington Historical Association.

To learn more, click here for the Federal Point history document provided by Lieutenant Eunice James of North Carolina’s Coast Guard Waterways Management Division. The document also details a rather juicy story about another section called Doctor’s Branch.

Click here to learn more about Dr. John Fergus.

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Brad Fisher

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