Enjoy our video showcasing 50 years of Preservation Leadership in Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear Region.



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Celebrate 50 Fantastic Years with Us!

During 2016, the Historic Wilmington Foundation is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with numerous events throughout the year!

May 2016 is National Preservation Month, and the Foundation invites you to participate in some or all of the exciting happenings on Saturday, May 7:

Wine Reception and Plein Air Art Auction featuring artists Bruce Bowman, Betty Brown, Clyde Edgerton, Janet Triplett and Owen Wexler. New Elements Gallery 201 Princess Street, 6:00pm-8:00pm. $25, CLICK HERE to Register Online or call 910.762.2511.

Art on Display at Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Arts Center, 120 S. Second Street:

“Exposed!” Cape Fear Camera Club will exhibit 40 works. See fresh takes on familiar landmarks and local icons throughout Wilmington’s Historic City. 10:00am – 2:00pm Free.

“Saved! Historic Wilmington Preservation: A Fresh Perspective” 70 original works by Ashley, New Hanover and Laney High School students. This smart phone photography exhibition features works inspired by historic preservation. 10:00am – 2:00pm Free.

“Rewinding the Past: Opening the Doors of Preservation for the Future” Five-panel wood doors supplied by Legacy Architectural Salvage and artfully re-purposed by Gregory School of Science Mathematics and Technology will be on display. 10:00am-2:00pm. Free. Will be auctioned later that evening at New Elements Gallery. See above for registration for the auction.

“Hunting for History,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Test your powers of observation with clever clues (for adults) and an easy-to-find primer (for children accompanied by adults). Prizes awarded to the first 25 participants. Free.

“Hands on History,” Children’s Museum of Wilmington, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hands-on activities for children 10 years old and up when accompanied by an adult. Tickets must be picked up at the Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Art Center. Free.

“Then, When and Wow! – HWF’s Fifty Fantastic Years-A Walking Tour”. A self-guided walking tour celebrating 50 years of Preservation, Passion, Conservation and Advocacy. Pick up your map of the Wilmington National Register District and thumbnail descriptions showcasing the first houses saved by Historic Wilmington Foundation. Beginning at Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Arts Center. 10:00am-2:00pm Free.



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Experience Georgian, Colonial and Victorian era Landmarks along with the second oldest home in Wilmington – all within walking distance on Third Street: the 1852 Latimer House, 1770 Burgwin-Wright House and the 1760 DuBois-Boatwright House. One ticket provides entry into all three – $28.

Add lunch for an additional $10! The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society will host a special luncheon served in the Latimer House Tea Room catered by Jester’s Cafe.

Advanced reservations for house tours (10:00am -2:00pm) and luncheon (12pm-1:30pm) are accepted through Wednesday, May 4. Call 910.762.0492 for reservations or visit www.lcfhs. Historic Wilmington Foundation gratefully acknowledges its partnerships with the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, the Burgwin-Wright House, and Beth Pancoe of SDI Construction and Julie Boatwright Pettee and Robert Pettee.


Other Preservation Month Activities

May 2 – New Hanover County Proclamation for Preservation Month, New Hanover County Courthouse, 316 Princess Street, Room 301. 4:00pm. New Hanover County Commission Chair Beth Dawson.

May 2 – Pender County Proclamation for Preservation Month, Pender County Administration Building, 805 S. Walker Street, Brugaw. 4:00pm. Pender County Commission Chair George Brown.

May 3 – City of Wilmington proclamation for Preservation Month, City Hall, 102 N. 3rd Street. 6:30pm. City of Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

May 16 – Preservation Talk, Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Arts Center, 102 S. 2nd Street. Advisory Board Chairman Ev Smith will share the Wilmington USO’s origins and history. Suggested donation: $5. 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

May 19 – HWF Preservation Awards Ceremony, Historic New Hanover Street. Awards to be presented for restoration, rehabilitation, compatible infill and adaptive reuse projects. Awards of merit & the David Brinkley preservationist of the Year will be presented as well. Reception follows. Co-sponsored by Residents of Old Wilmington, New Hanover County and Wilmington Downtown, Inc. 6:00pm.

May 26 – Sping Shrimparoo, Riverwalk Landing at Elijah’s Restaurant, 2 Ann Street, Wilmington. Member event and friendraiser. Fresh shrimp, cold beer provided by Ironclad Brewery & live music by Stray Local! This event is open to current and new members joining at the door. $20 for members OR bring a guest who signs up as a member and get in FREE. 6:30pm.

May 31 – 2016 Most Threatened Historic Places List Announcement, 10:00am, location TBD.

May 31 – James D. & Rosalie W. Carr Plaque Dedication, Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street, 2:00pm.

June 4 – Tax Credit Workshop, Historic Thalian Hall, City Council Chambers, 103 N. 3rd Street. 8:30am – 12:30pm. $10 for members, $25 for non-members.

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