By Professor William B. Gould IV


Slaveholder Nicholas Nixon's main plantation, 1997.
This placard marks what once was the southwestern corner of the main plantation of Nicholas Nixon, the prominent peanut planter and slaveholder who owned William B. Gould before the War. The property is now adjacent to Highway 17. Before his escape, WBG probably did not live on Nixon's main plantation, located in the Porter's Neck area. Rather, he probably resided at the slave quarters maintained by Nixon in downtown Wilmington, only blocks away from the Bellamy Mansion where he worked as a plasterer and mason. (Photo by WBG IV, 1997)