CoastLine: Shaking Up Historic Preservation Myths

Jun 21, 2017

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:

House  & Gardens
  Museum: 910.762.0570

Historic Wilmington
 Phone: 910.762.2511

Bellamy Mansion
 Museum: 910.251.3700