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Plaque Eligibility

Historic Wilmington Foundation’s plaque program is one of the most prolific in America: to date, we have given out over 670 plaques. Adorning cottages, mansions, alleyways, beach bungalows and more, HWF’s hand-painted plaques honor the heritage of communities across three North Carolina counties.

To be eligible for an HWF plaque, a property must be 75 years of age or older. (Buildings more than 50 years old at Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach also qualify.) Reddish-brown plaques are for structures 75-99 years old; black plaques are for structures 100+ years old. Plaques cost $325 for members, and $375 for non-members, payable at the time your plaque is ordered. An additional $50 discount is available for replacement plaques (for replacing one that is weathered, or for replacing a 75-year plaque for a 100-year plaque!). Non-members become members for 1 year with the purchase of a plaque!

And new in fall of 2019 HWF now has TWO more plaque designations: golden yellow plaques for structures 150-199 years old and blue plaques for structures 200+ years old! If your building is eligible and you’d like a new plaque, please contact Blair at or call 910.762.2511.

CLICK HERE to apply for a plaque!


Due to the Covid crisis HWF is still accepting plaque applications, but processing is taking longer than typical.