Preservation Weekend Events

Thursday, October 7th at 6:00PM
CFCC’s Union Station (502 North Front Street)

Why does preservation matter? That’s the question local high schoolers will answer during the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s 3rd annual Impact of Preservation Speech Contest. The contest is open to students presently enrolled in a New Hanover, Brunswick, or Pender County school as a junior or senior for the 2021-2022 school year. Scholarship prizes can be used to attend any U.S. community/junior college, approved vocational school, university, or college. First place wins $1,000; second place wins $500; and third place wins $250. To learn more and apply, click here.


Friday, October 8th from 9:30AM–11:00AM
Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center’s Main Auditorium (120 South 2nd Street)

Learn about City of Wilmington regulations, historic tax credits, rehabilitation loans, as well as tips and tricks for buying and selling historic structures!

Breakfast sponsored by Wendy McCoy, Loan Officer, Union Home Mortgage. 


Ivy Freitag: Historic Preservation Planner, City of Wilmington

Stephanie Bolton: Owner, Patriot Roofing Company

Jan Brewington: Realtor, Dram Tree Realty 

Wendy McCoy: Loan Officer, Union Home Mortgage

Deb Helms: Manager, Legacy Architectural Salvage

Abandoned Cemeteries Symposium

Saturday, October 9th from 9:00AM–1:00PM
Davis Center at Maides Park (1101 Manly Avenue)

Since May, the Historic Wilmington Foundation has been assisting community advocate Kathy King in cleaning up debris from the historic Maides Cemetery, an abandoned African American cemetery dating back to the 18th century.

Maides Cemetery is just one hallowed ground threatened by development and neglect, and HWF aims to shine light on this issue during the Abandoned Cemeteries Symposium, sponsored by Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

To learn more about HWF’s work at Maides Cemetery, click here!


9:00AM-9:30 AM: Welcome & Tour of Maides Cemetery (Travis Gilbert & Kathy King)

9:30-10:00AM: Headstone Cleaning Workshop (Dawn Taylor, Carved in Stone Cemetery Preservation Services)

10:30AM-11:00AM: Panel of Cemetery Preservationists (Chris Eaton, Kathy King, and Tamara Matthews)

11:00AM-11:30AM: New Hanover County’s Adopt A Cemetery Program (Bambie Karabin, NHC’s Cemetery Preservationist)

11:30AM-12:00PM: Keynote Address (Melissa Timo, Historic Cemetery Specialist, NC Office of State Archaeology) 

12:00- 1:00PM: Lunch


Saturday, October 9th from 11:00AM–6:00PM
South 2nd between Willard and Greenfield Streets

As part of the Really Cool Stuff Marketplace & Social Gathering, Legacy Architectural Salvage will set up shop on South 2nd Street. The event is free—come on out to explore all the vendors, entertainment, and enjoy the vibrant culture of the South Front Street neighborhood. To learn more, click here!


Sunday, October 10th from 2:00PM–3:30PM
Tour begins at the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s headquarters (211 Orange Street)

Join us for a free guided tour through Wilmington’s heritage trees—a vital part of our landscape and history! As part of a partnership with the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees and the Wilmington Tree Commission, three tour guides will lead the way: Travis Gilbert (HWF Executive Director), James Gregory (Wilmington Tree Commissioner and Alliance for Cape Fear Trees board member), and Bill Jayne (Alliance for Cape Fear Trees board member). For more information and to RSVP, click here

Thank you to our valued sponsors!

Our sponsors allow us to carry out a vital mission that began in 1966 and is still going strong. We are grateful to each and every one! 

To sponsor HWF, contact Isabelle Shepherd, Outreach & Development Coordinator:


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