Documenting the American South


Going to the Show

Washington B. Wells

Date of Birth 1848*
Date of Death
DescriptionWashington Wells and his wife Nettie moved from Pennsylvania to Wilmington around 1900. Like his son Percy Wells, co-owner of the Bijou, Washington Wells seems to have been involved in various aspects of show business. The Wilmington city directories for 1903 and 1905 list his business as "patent medicines." Around the turn of the century, traveling shows hawked patent medicines in country towns throughout the U.S. In the summer of 1907, he was "in charge of some of the concessions on the Exposition grounds" in Norfolk, Virginia. He started the LeGrand theater in 1909 but took ill and died three days after its opening.
Associated Venues
LeGrand 129 Market, Wilmington, NC proprietor (1/20/1909*)

Newspaper Clippings

  1. Le Grand Theatre - New Moving Picture House on Market Street - Opens This Evening
    unknown publication - 1/20/1909
    Tags: manager; opening notice; racial policy; seating capacity; separate entrance