© 2022 254 North Front Street, Suite 300, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 910.343.1640
News Classical 91.3 Wilmington 92.7 Wilmington 96.7 Southport
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

CoastLine: Shaking Up Historic Preservation Myths

Lower Cape Fear Historical Society
The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society offers walking tours in downtown Wilmington which includes the Latimer House.

The City of Wilmington saw a rash of urban fires in the 19th century – making the surviving buildings that much more precious.  Urban renewal in the mid-20th century had a similar effect on some of Wilmington’s historic legacy, but heritage tourism is booming.

When you talk about historic preservation, you might think about the paint police – or musty old buildings that wantonly waste energy.   But on this edition of CoastLine, we explore what historic preservation actually is, why so many people in the Cape Fear region are dedicated to protecting local buildings that face a threat, and how historic preservation fits into the economy.


Beth Rutledge, Historic Wilmington Foundation Board of Trustees, member; HWF's History’s Future Committee, which aims to connect the young and young-at-heart who support preservation.

Travis Gilbert, Manager of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and the Latimer House Museum.


Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and Latimer House Museum:  http://www.lcfhs.org/

House  & Gardens

  Museum: 910.762.0570

Historic Wilmington

 Phone: 910.762.2511

Bellamy Mansion

 Museum: 910.251.3700

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.