SAVE our historic brick streets!

The City of Wilmington is reevaluating their brick streets policy.  If our historic brick streets are important to you, please take the City’s survey (below) and let them know you would like them to preserve, uncover and repair our brick streets using historic brick.

The arguments for preserving historic brick streets are both sentimental and economic.  Brick streets, with their beauty and historic accuracy, are part of the package that fuels our multi-million dollar heritage tourism industry.  They contribute to higher property values in historic neighborhoods, stay cooler than heat-radiating asphalt and work to calm traffic, making these areas safer for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  Brick streets are also a good long term investment.  Unlike asphalt streets, brick streets can go decades without repairs.  They don’t crack or develop pot holes like their asphalt counterparts.  When repairs are needed, such as for utility work, they can be done less invasively, making the job easier and less expensive than when done on an asphalt street.  Additionally, by allowing rainwater  between the bricks, brick streets reduce the volume that flows in to the storm sewer to be processed.

Historic brick street restoration does carry a higher upfront cost than asphalt streets.  Historic Wilmington Foundation feels the drastically reduced long-term maintenance cost, tourism appeal and quality of life benefits more than out-weigh this initial investment.

When reading the City’s survey, you may find it seems to contradict itself at times. We suggest first reading through the entire 14 question survey to help ensure consistency of your responses, and, in the interest of clarity, providing additional feedback by submitting comments. We encourage you to cite information found in this email.

The City’s brick street survey can be found HERE.
It will be active only through mid-January. Please complete it soon.

Thank you for your help in saving our City’s historic treasures!

To view a map of the City’s brick streets, click HERE.
To read the City’s current brick street policy, click HERE.
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Save the date: HWF Members’ Holiday Cocktail Party!

You’re invited to Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Members’ Holiday Cocktail Party!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

721 Surry Street, Wilmington

Cocktails & wine provided by HWF, beer on tap for purchase from Waterline Brewing Co.

Plan to do your holiday shopping at the Art Factory for a 10% discount.

Members, Please Bring:

A dish to share (yum!)

Your year-end Gift for HWF (Thank you!!)

Non-Perishable food for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

RSVP by December 2.  910.762.2511.

Not a member?  Call us about holiday specials.

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21st Annual Post-Thanksgiving Tour

Once you’ve had your fill of turkey and shopping, we invite you to enjoy Historic Wilmington Foundation’s 21st Annual Post-Thanksgiving Tour on Sunday, November 29th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  The beautiful Nathan G. Daniel House, at 315 South Front Street, will be open to the public.  Lecture and tour to be presented by Ed Turberg, Architectural Historian.  Free for Members and just $10 for non-members.

Refreshments provided.  RSVP by November 24, 910.762.2511.

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Don’t miss our fall fundraising event: The Fundraising Luncheon

Historic Wilmington Foundation’s first Fundraising Luncheon will be Thursday 10/29, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Coastline Conference & Events Center.  Please come, and support the Foundation, so that we may continue to work to preserve and protect the irreplaceable historic resources of the Lower Cape Fear Region. To learn more.

Nine of Wilmington’s historic homes and Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary will open their doors to the public for the 2015 Azalea Festival Home T


This year’s Azalea Festival Home Tour will showcase the wide variety of architectural styles found in Wilmington. Nine inviting historic homes and one historic church will welcome ticket holders April 11 and 12, and span 170 years of Wilmington’s history and architecture.

The homes on tour this year cover many examples of classic Wilmington architecture from the Craftsman Bungalow to a Greek Revival cottage, from a Foursquare style to an English Cotswold Cottage. The Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary provides an exquisite example of Spanish Baroque style. The tour will also feature a Brookwood neighborhood Home on the Tour. Brookwood was announced as Wilmington’s eighth National Register District in December. The tours will be from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday (The Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary is open on Saturday, April 11th from 1PM to 5PM and Sunday, April 12th from 2PM to 5PM).

Proceeds support the Historic Wilmington Foundation, a private nonprofit organization that has helped preserve more than 100 historic properties since in 1966.

Tickets, which are $25 in advance, go on sale March 11th. They will be available at the Azalea Festival Office, 5725 Oleander Dr., as well as at and the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s office at 2011 Market St. (the office is located just inside the gate of the Wilmington National Cemetery). Foundation members can buy tickets from the office for $15 through April 9th.

Tickets also will be available at Maran Home, The Ivy Cottage, Crabby Chic, The Transplanted Garden, Occasions, Cape Fear Antiques, A Proper Garden, Gravity Records and Wild by Nature in Southport. Starting March 18th tickets are on sale at all local Harris Teeter stores ($2 off with a VIC card). On the days of the event, they will be available at any house on the tour for $30.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover County Chairman Jonathan Barfield, Jr. with the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles will open the tour at the ribbon cutting ceremony, 12:30PM Saturday, April 11, at the MacRae-Willard House, 520 Orange Street. This beautiful home is described as ‘A Cubical Cottage in the Tuscan Style.’ Built circa 1851 for politician, foreign diplomat and Civil War Veteran, Colonel Duncan K. MacRae. Today it is owned by Landon & Connie Anderson.

To see the homes on tour click here

James D. & Rosalie W. Carr Plaque Dedication

The James D. & Rosalie W. Carr Plaque has been awarded this year to the City Municipal Golf Course at 311 South Wallace Avenue, Wilmington. Jimmy Carr was one of the founding members of HWF’s Plaque Committee. Annually, in Jimmy’s memory, the Committee awards a plaque to an entity that may not otherwise apply for one, often a significant civic or government building.

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HWF President Michael Murchison

HWF President Michael Murchison