THE LEGEND OF THE DRAM TREE
Just off the east bank of the Cape Fear River, near the site of the current state port, the Dram Tree- a large cypress draped in Spanish moss and survivor of countless storms- was a landmark for colonial mariners.
Sighting the tree meant home and safety within reach, with a dram of rum to celebrate the successful passage. The tree was also utilized by the boat captains to signify upon entering the Cape Fear River that the crew could begin drinking. As the boats left the Cape Fear River, the tree was also identified as the point at which the crew had to stop drinking.
The tree was lost in the 1940's, but lives on in our imagination as a symbol of home, safety and refuge.
Dram Tree Realty strives to honor this heritage by providing a welcome home to our clients; both seasoned Wilmingtonians and newcomers.