To be eligible for a Historic Wilmington Foundation Plaque, a building must be over 75 years old and be located in New Hanover County. Buildings over 50 years old at Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are also eligible for a plaque.
Application Review Process
The Plaque Committee usually meets on the second Wednesday of each month to review plaque applications. Applications must be submitted to the Foundation office at least two weeks prior to the meeting; the applicant is responsible for submitting a minimum two exterior photos of their building–both digital AND hard copy (digital images to be sent to Blair by clicking here). The Committee reviews applications in the order they are received, and it is common for the process to take several months.
The application is designed to lead you step-by-step through your research. If the Committee needs more information, a member contacts you and explains what information you need to gather and present before the next meeting. If you choose, you can hire someone to do the research for you. Call HWF or visit HWF’s Preservation Resources Network (PRN) for names of consultants who do this type of research.
The Plaque Text
After the review process is complete, the Plaque Committee composes a text for your building. The Foundation will send a copy of the text to you, and you may then order your hand-painted plaque.
The Price — Discount Pricing has been extended into 2018!
During 2018, HWF is continuing to discount the price of plaques! The price of a new plaque is $300 for members (reg. $350) and $350 for non-members (reg. $400; the price includes a one-year, tax deductible membership to HWF). Call for the cost of a replacement plaque. The price of the plaque must be paid in full before the information is sent to the sign company to be painted. Buildings over 100 years old receive a black plaque and those from 75 to 100 years old receive a reddish-brown color plaque. Historic alleys over 75 years receive green plaques. 50 year-old beach buildings receive a sea oats color plaque with black lettering. Foundation staff will call you when the plaque is ready.
Visit Port City Architecture by clicking here to view an online resource documenting all the historic plaques in the region. Port City Architecture is a project that is a partnership with New Hanover County Public Library.
2018 Plaque Committee Members
Beverly Tetterton, Chair
Staff liaison: Blair Middleton