historic homes on Grace St

Historic Wilmington: Preserving Architectural Heritage

The oldest local preservation group in the state of North Carolina, Historic Wilmington Foundation, continues the celebration of its 50th Anniversary celebration during the entire month of May, also recognized as National Preservation Month.

An array of multi-generational events began with a ribbon cutting at the Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Arts Center, Second and Orange streets on May 7th.

Events included:

New Hanover County Schools’ art student Smart Phone Photography Exhibition, “Saved! Historic Wilmington Preservation: A Fresh Perspective,” features nearly 100 original works by Laney, New Hanover and Ashley high school students inspired by historic preservation.

Gregory Elementary School art students’ artfully repurposed five-panel wood doors. “Rewinding the Past: Opening the Doors of Preservation for the Future,” supplied by Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Legacy Architectural Salvage, displayed and auctioned at New Elements Gallery.


116 Nun St before and after



116 Nun Street before and after


“Then, When and Wow! – HWF’s Fifty Fantastic Years – A Walking Tour,” a tour celebrating 50 years of Preservation, Passion, Conservation and Advocacy, with maps of the Wilmington National Register District and thumbnail descriptions showcasing the first houses saved by Historic Wilmington Foundation’s preservation program founded in 1966. Starting from the corner of Second and Orange streets, participants follow the self-guided, interpretive trail along South Second Street. The tour, sponsored by LS3P and Fast Signs, continues along Castle Street to Front Street and loops back to the Community Arts Center.
215-n-6th-after-alt215 North Sixth before and after

215 North Sixth before and after







“Hands on History,” at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, a hands-on activities for children 10 years old and older

Landmark House Tours &  the Tea Room Luncheon showcasing Georgian, Colonial and Victorian era landmarks along with the second oldest home in Wilmington, all within walking distance on Third Street, including the 1852 Latimer House, the 1770 Burgwin-Wright House and the c. 1760 DuBois-Boatwright House.

For its 50th anniversary events, Historic Wilmington Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of Residents of Old Wilmington and WHQR 91.3 News and 92.7 Classical.

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408 and 410 Grace Street (left and right) before and after

Learn more at the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society website.

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