Answered By: Travis Souther Last Updated: May 04, 2018 Views: 257
There appears to be some debate as to the exact location of Heron's Colonial Drawbridge.
A historic marker was first placed at the juncture of U.S. Highway 117 and the Northeast Cape Fear River.
One of the few drawbridges in the American colonies was built near here by Benjamin Heron about 1768. Destroyed by British troops, 1781.
Uncertainty about the exact location remains, however, and no in-depth research into the history of the drawbridge was done until the mid 80's then early 90's.
See the ECU 1986 report on Blossom's Ferry:
Specifically page 10 documents Heron's Bridge having been built on the ferry site and this remains the general consensus.
- Page 27 of the report on The Rose Hill Wreck, observed remains of Heron's Drawbridge, again referring back to Hall's publication.
The book "Historic Wilmington and Lower Cape Fear," Chapter V, page 35 states the bridge was located, "...at the end of what is today Blossom Ferry Road, in Castle Hayne.
The book, "Redcoats on the Cape Fear," specifically chapter 1 page 15 states: "Heron's Bridge crossed the Northeast Cape Fear River with a span near the modern I-40 bridges."
Finally, see the files listed below to include the thesis chapter and summary entitled: