Historic Wilmington Foundation

New Hanover County

Project Grace.  Some hear that term and imagine an exciting evolution of Wilmington’s downtown area – bringing together cultural attractions – such as the Cape Fear Museum, shopping, the library, affordable housing in a market that desperately needs it.  Done properly, it could turn downtown into a more of a destination for locals and tourists.

Vince Winkel / WHQR

An advocate for historic preservation in Wilmington is retiring.  George Edwards has been the executive director of Historic Wilmington Foundation for 13 years. He's announced he’ll leave by the end of the year.

Lower Cape Fear Historical Society

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.

Vince Winkel / WHQR

Every year, the Historic Wilmington Foundation releases a list of the region’s threatened historic sites. It’s their way of bringing attention to old homes and buildings that need protection to be saved and preserved.  “So the 2017 most threatened historic places for the Historic Wilmington Foundation is as follows ….” 

Historic Wilmington Foundation

May is National Preservation Month-and this year is a particularly special May for the Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF).  This year is HWF's 50th Anniversary, so the organization has been celebrating all year. This month, the celebrations are in high gear.  

Pat Marriott spoke with George Edwards, the Executive Director of HWF; listen to the interview above.  Activities on Saturday:

George Edwards & the Historic Home Tour

Apr 11, 2015

George Edwards is the Executive Director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation. George stopped by to tell us about the Historic Home Tour open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 & 12, as a part of the Azalea Festival.  For information regarding the 9 homes + 1 church on this self-guided tour, click here.

Join Ben Steelman of the Star News and local author and history librarian, Beverly Tetterton to talk about her two recent publications "Maritime Wilmington" and "Wilmington, Lost But Not Forgotten."

Monday, October 13 at 7 pm

MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor

Vance Alley Commemorated

Jul 19, 2012

Historic Wilmington Foundation and Wilmington Downtown Inc. jointly participated in a ceremony yesterday dedicating Vance Alley as a place of historical significance.   WHQR’s Andrew Jarachovic reports that although alleys today are typically regarded as a short cut or nothing more than a mundane corridor, many of Wilmington’s alleyways were once bustling thoroughfares.