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Community Involvement
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 ~
Holly Jolly Days
Posted on Dec 9th, 2018 Comments (0)
Santa and Mrs. Claus (ROW Mayor Phoebe Bragg) arrive by boat downtown to celebrate Holly Jolly Days.
Best ROW Party Ever!
Posted on Dec 7th, 2018 Comments (0)
Over 100 members had a wonderful time celebrating the Holiday Party at the Hannah Block Center. Members mingled with each other before President Phoebe Bragg and Board Member Joe Pawlik paid a special tribute to long-time member and former President, Tom Mitchell. After a meal of the delicious food, members were treated to a special rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas, led by Ann Erb. Music was provided by the talented duo of Barry and Sylvia, prompting many members to dance the night away. The consensus was that it was the best ROW party ever! More pictures are on the Members Only Page.
A Special Thanks to Ann Erb for coordinating this wonderful event.
Membership Party at the Bellamy
Posted on Oct 10th, 2018 Comments (0)
The annual ROW Membership Party was held October 10 at the Bellamy Mansion. Over a hundred members attended the ROW party, despite the threat of a tropical storm. The party was chaired by ROW Board Member Darla Hamby, who enlisted the help of Chris Robinson, standing beside Darla in the photo above. On the right are member helpers  Pam Gonzales and Pat Tarr.
Battleship Lights - ROW Grant
Posted on Jul 23rd, 2018 Comments (0)
New lights illuminate the Battleship USS North Carolina and its flag. They are now visible from downtown Wilmington at night. The funds for the lights were provided through a grant from Residents of Old Wilmington.
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 Home Stay Short Term rentals. Home Stays are rented rooms in homes where the owner lives on the premises. These new Home Stay regulations will become effective March 1, 2019:
  • Home Stay 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 based on those records.
  • Information about the property and the police non-emergency phone number must be posted in the house.
The Council will address Whole House Short Term Rentals in 2019. ROW opposes Whole House STRs in residential neighborhoods because the owner is not on the premises. The City estimates that approximately 540 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 concerns the development of the downtown block that is owned by New Hanover County and contains the public library. County Commissioners are considering 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. 
III. The Cape Fear Crossing Project concerns a new bridge between Brunswick and New Hanover Counties. Twelve proposal were initially introduced, but the two routes that would impact the Downtown Historic District have been eliminatedROW favors the southernmost routes nearer the port area. The final decision will be made by the State Transportation Department, and public hearings will be held before the proposed 2019 decision and 2020 building date.
IV. The City has reviewed its brick street policy to determine steps for improving the existing brick streets since many have been covered with asphalt. The City Council allocated funds for "Brick Street Rehabilitation" in the 2017-18 Budget Capital Improvement Program.

~ Upcoming Events ~
Holly Jolly Days
Sunday, December 2nd to Friday, December 28th, Evenings at Downtown Residential Streets
Support the annual Holly Jolly Days by decorating your home and yard. On December 8, walking tours will be conducted throughout the Historic District, and downtown businesses will stay open longer. Join the festivities by adding lights and decorations to your home. 
Happy Holidays to the ROW Community. See you in the New Year!

~ Back Door Kitchen Tour Canceled ~
The 13th Annual ROW Back Door Kitchen Tour for 2018 was canceled due to Hurricane Florence.  In the best interest of our downtown neighborhoods, the Tour was canceled, but it will be scheduled again next fall. We thank Kimberlee Thompson and the members of the BDKT Committee who worked diligently in preparing for the 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.