May is National Preservation Month!

Preservation month is a nationally recognized event, sponsored annually with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, honoring and promoting historic preservation across the country. Each year since 1971, the Historic Wilmington Foundation has partnered with the National Trust to celebrate the local people and activities that make preservation a reality in Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. As part of National Preservation Month, the Foundation hosts events ranging from architectural and historic tours, award ceremonies, and fundraising events to educational programs and the yearly release of the Most Threatened Historic Places of the Cape Fear region. The month-long event promotes Wilmington’s historic resources and preservation successes as well as showcasing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.

Celebrate with us!

Please join us for these preservation month activities:

Come for an evening of sipping, shopping and socializing Wednesday, May 9, 4-7 pm, at Legacy Architectural Salvage, 1831-B Dawson Street, behind Stevens ACE Hardware, near Checkers.  In addition to one-of-a-kind salvage items from LAS, you’ll find wares from local makers and vintage vendors, plus free sips and snacks!


 Castle Street Crawl

Thursday, May 17, 5:30-8:00pm

Castle Street Crawl is Historic Wilmington Foundation’s freshest way to celebrate Preservation Month. Party at the historic firehouse on 5th & Castle, then stroll one of Wilmington’s earliest shopping districts: Castle Street. Shops will have special evening hours, sales and activities.  A mini historic walking tour is included in your price of admission and will be offered at 6pm & 7pm, leaving from the firehouse. Live music from Cafe Nouveau. Refreshments generously donated by Platypus & Gnome, The George, Love Lydia, Ironclad Brewery, The District Kitchen & Cocktails, Crust, Peppered Cupcake, and New Anthem Beer Project!

$30 for HWF members. Non-members ALSO pay $30 and the price of admission includes a COMPLIMENTARY HWF membership through 2018!  



James D. & Rosalie W. Carr Memorial Plaque Dedication

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 6:00pm

Historic Wilmington Foundation will recognize the Dreams of Wilmington building, formerly the Municipal Building) at 901 Fanning Street for the part it has played in the history and vitality of Wilmington. We will meet outside near the entrance to the Dreams Garage, with access via the gated parking lot on Fanning Street. Please RSVP: 910.762.2511, middleton@historicwilmington.org.


 Preservation Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 24, 6:00-7:30

Join Historic Wilmington Foundation at the historic New Hanover County Courthouse, 300 Princess Street, to honor the best of 2017/2018 local preservation. From rehabs to renovations, adaptive reuse to awards of merit, recognition will be given to those who put their heart and hands wholly into historic preservation.


Thank you to our Preservation Month Sponsors!