An old brick wall gives way to a terraced garden. Rising away from the river, an azalea-lined walk leads to an immaculate antebellum mansion which lives on as an inviting oasis of grace and serenity, the embodiment of a time gone by. After stepping through the stately doorway, the outside world drifts away with the creak of hardwood floors, the clink of cocktail glass, and the conversation of friends old and new.
Since its beginning in 1841, the de Rosset house has witnessed much in the life of its city. In its latest incarnation, the City Club of Wilmington, it offers the perfect marriage of Southern hospitality and modern convenience. But beyond being Wilmington’s premier social venue, it is also a link to a rich past. Through this blog, we’ll be exploring the stories which live within these walls. These are the stories of a family and their fortunes, the stories of a city and the role it played in the birth and growth of a nation. It is the story of a dynamic contemporary community, where Southern charm, local culture and Hollywood glamour have come together to create something new. Above all, it is the story of a house which moved through the years without ever ceasing to be a home.
I hope the stories—both old and new—that we capture here serve to remind us of our place in history. We are not merely witnesses but participants, as much a part of these brick-lined streets and elegant gardens as those who came before. The roles we play and the events of our lives become part of a much greater narrative which connects us to the past even as we build the future.
On behalf of the City Club of Wilmington, I invite you to begin your own exploration of both past and present. Join us, and become part of the story.