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 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.  Join us as we celebrate the unique heritage of our region!

2017 Preservation Awards

tpm group pic. 2016 pres awards

“This Place Matters” testimony during 2016’s Preservation Awards Ceremony at New Hanover County’s historic Court House

A cornerstone event of National Preservation Month is Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Preservation Awards Ceremony.  Each year, the Foundation recognizes outstanding preservtion projects by presenting Preservation Awards to individuals and groups whose contributions  demonstrate outstanding excellence in historic preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and compagible new infill construction.  By identifying these projects, the Foundation strives to educate the community on the importance of preservation and the role historic structures lay in building community identity.

Historic Wilmington Foundation is seeking nominations for these awards now.  If you know of an outstanding preservation project that deserves recognition, please complete and submit the 2017 Preservation Awards Nomination found here: 2017 Pres Awards Nomination Form.doc.

Nominations must be received by April 3, 2017 to be considered.

Nominations will also be accepted for the David Brinkly Preservationist of the Year and for the Thomas H. W Right Lifetime Achievement in Preservation Award.

Awards will presented in May 2017 at the Awards Ceremony at the New Hanover County Courthouse in historic downtown Wilmington.  The event is supported by New Hanover County, Wilmington Downtown, the Residents of Old Wilmington and numerous friends of historic preservation.

2016’s Preservation Month

Sponsors:Craige & Fox PLLC, Elijah’s Restaurant, First Bank, Frame Works, Goodrich Architecture, P.A., Mark S. Kennedy, CPA, Murchison Taylor & Gibson, PLLC, New Hanover County, Residents of Old Wilmington, Sage Island, SDI Construction, Inc., Sinclair Station, Inc., WECT Wilmington 6, WWAY News Channel 3, 91.3 WHQR News & 92.7 Classical WHQR
Copycat Print Shop, FastSigns, George & Angie Edwards, Ironclad Brewery, New Elements Gallery, Romero Architecture, H. Kenneth Stephens, Attorney at Law, Wilmington Downtown, Inc.

 To view pictures of our 2016 winners click HERE.



Most Threatened Historic Places List

Nominations are needed for 2017’s Most Threatened Historic Places List! Please download our application: MTHP 2017 Nomination Form.
Nominations must be received by April 3, 2017 to be considered.


2016 Most Threatened Historic Places List

 Ft. C Storeroom Lintel image Fort Caswell Rifle Range Caswell Beach, NC Built in 1918 and used in both World Wars, it was abandoned by US Army after WWII. Threatened



Cemeteries Fleming Oak Grove, Ferrel Coleman, Joseph Hewett Sr Cemeteries & Cemetry Wood Markers Brunswick New Hanover & Pender Counties Threatened by neglect, vandalism & development Threatened
 Wooden Window, house condemned Historic Wood Windows  Group NominationLower Cape Fear Region In most cases, wood windows can be repaired and upgraded in an environmentally friendly way while retaining historic integrity and will typically outperform new replacement windows Threatened
Rosenwald School-Browntown, ScotsHill Rosenwald Schools Pender County Threatened by neglect, deterioration & expanding development, these important reminders of our state’s history of segregation could disappear.  2015 Rollover. Threatened
226 S.Front, Fowler House 226 South Front Street Wilmington, NC Threatened by neglect & deterioration, this structure is still stable and can be restored; however, many issues remain before it is safe.   Eligible for tax credits.  2015 Rollover. Threatened
Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church (2) St. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church,St. Helena Burgaw, NC This church with its picturesque golden onion dome has long been threatened by a shrinking congregation.  2015 Rollover. Threatened

2016 Watch List

Old_Brunswick_County_Courthouse Historic Brunswick County CourthouseSouthport City Hall Southport, NC This building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been the site of numerous important events for the county.  It is currently vacant and in stable condition, but it suffers from neglect. Watch
Brick, South 4th brick and pavement Wilmington’s Brick Streets Wilmington’s downtown National Register Districts Throughout downtown Wilmington are historic streets paved with brick and ballast stones from shipping vessels of another era.  Granite and slate curbs remain as well.  Today they are often neglected, damaged, removed for new construction or paved over.  The City is developing a comprehensive policy for managing them. Watch

Wondering what you can do on an individual level to support historic preservation?
MTHP What Can I Do? to find out.

2015 Most Threatened Historic Places List

If you have a concern about a site please call the Foundation to discuss.

MTHP Lists: 2014 – 2013 – 2012 – 2011 – 2010 – 2009 – 2008 – 2007 – 2006

The Most Threatened Historic Places Exhibit debuted two years ago at the New Hanover County Library and is back again for 2015-2016. To see the schedule of locations click here.