Ms. Cat's Cottage at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, NC.

The Brooklyn Arts Center is thrilled to introduce the newest member of our historic campus… Ms. Cat’s Cottage!

The two-bedroom/one bathroom, 1931 home sits just behind The Annex on Campbell Street, between 4th and 5th streets. At 957 square feet, it’s every bit as warm and lovely as you can imagine.

Now that we’re done with the renovation, it is the absolute perfect spot for brides and grooms and their families to spend a few nights during their glorious BAC wedding weekends.

Of course, the finished, fully furnished cottage comes with complimentary WiFi, washer and dryer, and private, off-street parking.

What’s Included

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Sleeps 6
957 Sqft Cottage
Fully furnished
Housing right next to the Brooklyn Arts Center

Bluetooth Speaker
Off-street parking
Iron and ironing board

See All Listing Details

Ms Cat’s Cottage is available to rent by current BAC clients only. A password is required to book. Clients may contact us for the password.

Book Now

The Cottage History

In our humble opinion, what makes the cottage truly special is Ms. Cat and her family.

Originally from Goldsboro, NC, Ms. Cat’s family moved to Wilmington and settled in the Brooklyn neighborhood in a home located near 7th and Campbell streets. Edward Grantham, Ms. Cat’s brother, bought the cottage and transferred its ownership to his sister for $1.

Ms. Cat worked as a housekeeper and nanny for a well-respected Wilmington family for more than 20 years. Indeed, she became a beloved member of that family and helped raise those children.  To add to the already wonderful karma associated with Ms. Cat and the BAC, her daughter, Lizzetta, who grew up in the cottage, married Lucious Dickey in our Manse house on December 13, 1968.

Lizzetta and Lucious had two children, Lisa and Leonard, Ms Cat’s grandchildren.  Lucious served his entire career in the Air Force, and his family traveled the world with him. But they made Ms. Cat’s cottage their home base.

Although they lived next to The Annex and the old St. Andrews Church, they were lifelong members of the baptist church located at 5th and Campbell. Ms. Cat’s grandchildren loved growing up in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Lisa remembers playing on the steps of the old St. Andrews, often venturing inside to look around the beautiful building. She also recalls the old laundromat, located next to the Manse house, where she would buy penny bubble gum.

At the time, before it went quiet, 4th Street was bustling with shops and people. Everything you could possibly want was for sale somewhere in the neighborhood, Lisa remembers. She would follow her father into the military, and the boxing center, located in the same building as our friend and neighbor, Edward Teach Brewery, was where she trained for her career in the army.

Ms Cat and Family, Wilmington NC Today, of course, North 4th has been revitalized as the Brooklyn Arts District, and fortunately for all of us, Ms. Cat’s Cottage is a wonderful part of the neighborhood and now the BAC family.

For pricing and availability, please email us at