1. Point Peter

This historic peninsula at the confluence of the main and northeastern branches of the Cape Fear River is proposed for high-density development. Rezoning of Point Peter should preserve and protect viewsheds of the USS North Carolina and not exacerbate flooding to Battleship Park. To read more about HWF’s advocacy related to the proposed development of Point Peter, click here

Photo Credit: Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper

CHALLENGE #1: Write the New Hanover County Commissioners encouraging rezoning of Point Peter that protects natural and cultural resources. 

We’ve already done the heavy lifting—simply click the green button (above) to pull up a pre-written email draft that you can edit in your own words, already addressed to nhccommissioners@nhcgov.com!

Email campaigns are more effective when constituents personalize their letters to representatives. Be sure to add your own flair and thoughts to this note, and sign with your name!

2. Greenfield Lake

Greenfield Lake is one of seven Designated Local Landmarks in the City of Wilmington. This designation means the community recognizes this property as an important historic resource worthy of preservation. Any substantial exterior design changes to a designated landmark are subject to design review procedures of the Wilmington Historic Preservation Commission. The owner may apply for an annual deferral of fifty percent of the property taxes for as long as the property is designated and retains significance and integrity. 

CHALLENGE #2: Participate in a clean-up of this designated local landmark on Saturday, May 21 from 9am-11am. 

In partnership with Cape Fear River Watch, HWF will be gathering with volunteers to clean up trash from this historic property (located at 1739 Burnett Boulevard). Supplies and tools will be provided, but if you would like to bring your own (e.g., work gloves, trash bags, etc.), feel free!

At 9am, volunteers will meet at Greenfield Lake, by the boat house. To sign up for this service project, click the green button! 

photo credit: Cakcollectibles

3. African American Burial Grounds

Our region’s historic, African American burial grounds are endangered by development and neglect. Legislation (African-American Burial Grounds Preservation Act) was recently introduced into Congress that would establish a program at the National Park Service to provide grant opportunities and technical assistance to local partners to research, identify, survey, and preserve these historic sites. To read more about HWF’s advocacy related to this legislation, click here

CHALLENGE #3: Write your Congressional delegation to support the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act.

We’ve already done the heavy lifting—simply click here to access a pre-written email draft that you can edit in your own words. Then copy and paste it within the contact forms (linked below) for your representatives:

4. Preservation Through Salvage

Too much of our irreplaceable historic resources end up in the landfill. At HWF, we understand that historic preservation is an act of sustaining the earth’s resources. Legacy Architectural Salvage recycles our built history for ongoing preservation projects. Proceeds from Legacy sales support the projects and initiatives of the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

CHALLENGE #4: Salvage a piece of built history by donating pre-1960s materials to Legacy Architectural Salvage.

Legacy Architectural Salvage (1831-B Dawson Street, behind Stevens Ace Hardware) accepts donations during business hours (Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00am-2:00pm, with extended hours on Thursdays, 9:00am-5:00pm). 

HWF maintains a list of professionals in our community with experience in preserving historic structures. From general contractors, plasterers, and architects, this list provides property owners with an invaluable starting point for their preservation efforts. Click here to access our Preservation Resources Network!

CHALLENGE #5: Submit a professional to the Preservation Resources Network.