In the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, many sites dropped their paywalls to allow unrestricted access. This likely won’t last forever, so don’t be surprised if the viewing at some of the destinations listed on these pages now comes with a price tag.
Old-Home Shopping Network
Legacy Architectural Salvage is the place to go for great finds — windows, doors, decor, flooring and other elements from old buildings. Now a curated selection of the contents of their warehouse can be shopped online, with all items available for curbside pickup. Recent online finds: antique barn doors ($95), 1890s old-growth pine mantelpiece ($175), and an 1840s antique gristmill wheel ($300). All purchases are credit card only. historicwilmington.org/legacy-online/.
Attention, homebound art lovers: The Cameron Art Museum is offering several virtual exhibitions on its website. “Stories in Print” features a variety of examples of printmaking from the collections, with works by Mary Cassatt, Romare Bearden and Robert Gwathmey, among others. “Elizabeth Bradford: A House of One Room” includes masterful paintings inspired by the artist’s journeys to state and national parks. “Structure in Space and Time — Photography of Phil Freelon” presents works that explore the interrelation between architecture and nature in the landscape. cameronartmuseum.org.
Tar Heel History at Home
The North Carolina Museum of History’s History at Home web page offers a bumper crop of virtual exhibitions, profiles in North Carolina’s African-American history, podcasts and a search engine to explore objects in the permanent collection. A great resource for the armchair historian. ncmuseumofhistory.org/history-at-home/.
America in Bloom
There has never been a better time to go outside and explore the natural splendor at our doorstep. America in Bloom, a national nonprofit organization, is devoted to spreading the gospel of the positive benefits of flowers, plants and trees in the environment: They add to our oxygen supply, create pride of place, and increase mental and physical health. The group’s website offers an impressive compendium of resources about flowers and plants. americainbloom.org.