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Ride the Free Trolley Downtown! Catch it along Front St. and stop to shop or eat on Castle. You can continue to  
Fifth and Greenfield and then loop around to Front again.
Name the Free Trolley Contest - Go to Wave Transit website to submit a name during March.
We Care about our Community 
  • ROW Contributes monetary grants for improvements and beautification
    • Market Street Trees
    • Southern Hospitality Sculpture
    • Post Office Palm Trees
    • 1898 Memorial Hope Circle
    • USS North Carolina Battleship
    • Children's Museum
  • ROW Members Volunteer their time and effort for worthy projects
    • Host Events for Police and Firemen
    • Participate in Azalea Sweep
    • Participate in Work on Wilmington
Residents of Old Wilmington is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that advocates the preservation, improvement and beautification of Wilmington's historic downtown neighborhoods, informs members of issues that affect the quality of life and promotes social connections.
The ROW Neighborhood covers the area from Queen St. to Red Cross St. and from 8th St. to the Cape Fear River. ROW supports the City’s vision to restore and retain the historical integrity of all buildings throughout the entire Wilmington historical area and the downtown business district.
Learn more about ROW by reading the news articles below. We welcome all residents who live in the ROW Neighborhood and share ROW's vision to become a member. To join ROW, click on Become a Member or Friend under the Welcome heading on the left above.
~ ROW News ~
New ROW Mayor
Posted on Mar 17th, 2019 Comments (0)
At the March Member Meeting at Tails, 
the new ROW Mayor, Beverly Grasley, was
introduced by outgoing Mayor, Phoebe Bragg.
Law Appreciation Dinner
Posted on Feb 23rd, 2019 Comments (0)
ROW members provided the food for the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner on Feb. 13 in the St. Mary's School cafeteria. Officers from the Wilmington Police Force and the Sheriff's Department attended.
Burgwin-Wright House Grant
Posted on Feb 17th, 2019 Comments (0)
Staff members from the Burgwin-Wright House accept a check for $2,000 from ROW board members to construct a fence around the existing air conditioning unit.
Surprise Gift Presented at Well-Attended January Meeting
Posted on Jan 10th, 2019 Comments (1)
The January Member Meeting at Rolled and Baked, a new biscuit eatery on Castle St., was well attended. Nearly 80 members listened to the Wilmington Police Department, led by Chief Evangelous, speaking about the reduction in downtown crime and the problems related to homeless persons. 
Long-time member Muriel Pearson presented a check for $5,000 to Mayor Phoebe Bragg, a gift from the estate of deceased member, June Huff. 
Downtown Wilmington Issues
Posted on Jul 13th, 2017 Comments (0)
Residents in the Historic District will be impacted by decisions made by the City, County and State in the coming weeks, months and years that affect the quality of life downtown. These issues are monitored closely by ROW as explained below.
I.  The City Council has approved regulations for both Home Stay and Whole House Short Term rentals in residential areas of Historic Districts that will become effective March 1, 2019:
  • Owners must register each year and provide proof of property ownership.
  • The owner must buy $500,000 of commercial liability insurance.
  • The owner must keep records of all rentals and pay the City Occupancy Tax.
  • Information about the property and the police non-emergency phone number must be posted in the house.
  • Whole House STRs must be 400 feet from another Whole House STR or a B&B. A lottery will be used to determine which STRs will remain where conflicts exist.
  • A designated phone number will be distributed to report complaints to the code authorities and complaints will be recorded.
The City estimates that approximately 700 STRs (both Whole House and Home Stays) are operating within Wilmington.  If you want to voice your concerns about protecting the Residential Districts, email the City Council at:  Council@wilmington.gov
II. The Grace Street Project involves the block that includes the library and is owned by New Hanover County. The County Commissioners are reviewing proposals for a public-private redevelopment of the block that could affect the library, the recently-built Story Book Park, a parking garage, the Register of Deeds building and an empty parcel bordering Grace Street. Moving the Cape Fear Museum to the site is a possibility. Informational hearings were held Feb. 19 at the Cape Fear Museum and Feb. 21 at the Library.
III. The Cape Fear Crossing Project will determine the location of a new bridge between Brunswick and New Hanover Counties. The two routes that would impact the Downtown Historic District have been eliminated. Six routes south of the current Cape Fear Bridge, closer to the Port area, are under consideration. The Wilmington Urban Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) held a public hearing at the Leland Town Hall on Feb. 7 where Leland residents expressed opposition to a any plan that includes a new road to go through Brunswick Forest. They advocated a more southern route.  DOT estimates bridge construction will take five years.
IV. The City has reviewed its brick street policy and repairs and restoration are underway on S. 4th Street between Market and Dock Streets; on Queen Street between S. 2nd and S. 7th Streets; and on S. 7th Street between Queen and Mears.

~ Upcoming Events ~
Azalea Sweep
Saturday, March 30th, 9:30 AM at Steps of Tileston School at Ann St. and Fourth
Bring a garbage bag and help clean up the downtown streets before the Azalea Festival.
Member Meeting at Fox's Boxes
Wednesday, April 10th, 6:00 Cocktail Hour 7:00 Meeting at 622 N. 4th Street
Join the members for socializing and the monthly ROW meeting.

~ Back Door Kitchen Tour Canceled ~
The 13th Annual ROW Back Door Kitchen Tour for 2018 was canceled due to Hurricane Florence.  The Tour will be scheduled for the fall of 2019. We thank Kimberlee Thompson and the members of the BDKT Committee who worked diligently in preparing for the 2018 Tour.
The Back Door Kitchen Tour is the only fund raiser sponsored by Residents of Old Wilmington. Proceeds go back into our community for beautification, preservation, restoration, and other improvements through ROW projects and community-based grants. 
ROW thanks the Cape Fear Spice Merchants, the Ivy Cottage, Harris Teeter Stores and the Bellamy Mansion for agreeing to facilitate the sale of BDKT tickets. Despite the cancellation of the Tour, ROW thanks the generous Sponsors and Friends who supported the 2018 Tour: 
I. Gold Sponsors
Carolina Retirement Planners 910-815-3100         
Keith and Sylvia Kochler - Friends
II. Silver Sponsors
The Ivy Cottage                    910-815-0907       
Stone Garden                        910-452-1619     
Element Outdoor Living        910-302-6888          
SDI Construction                  910-763-8333         
Dynamic Kitchen                   910-763-9870         
Southeastern Tile Connection 910-799-5565
III. Bronze Sponsors
Southeastern Marble & Granite 910-763-7700
Plantation Building Corp.           910-599-2630
Heinberg Insurance Agency       910-767-9304
Classic Cabinet Designs              910-395-6439
Grass With Class                         910-623-4372
Bug N A Rug Exterminators        910-254-9443
Ferguson Appliances
To the Table                                         
To sign up for automatic reminders about next year's tour when available, click here  BDKT Page 

~ ROW Awards ~
Good Neighbor Award
Sylvia Kochler (on the left above), was presented the 2018 ROW Good Neighbor Award by ROW Mayor Phoebe Bragg. Sylvia has served as Chair of the Back Door Kitchen Tour and two terms as Mayor. She was the creator of and continues to be the driving force behind the annual Holly Jolly Days. 
Garden Award
Gregg Thomas and Tom Faust were the recipients of the 2017-18 Dolly Pearson Garden Award. They set a high standard of neighborhood beauty in their yard and plant-filled porch at the corner of Front and Church Streets.