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Spring in the ROW Neighborhood
ROW supports the community through monetary grants for improvements and beautification of downtown, such as the efforts listed below.
        Market Street Trees                                                      USS North Carolina Battleship
        Post Office Palm Trees                                                 Children's Museum
        Southern Hospitality Sculpture                                 1898 Memorial Hope Circle
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 downtown 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.
~ ROW News ~
Tribute to "Miss Dolly"
Posted on Jan 22nd, 2021
Members Pay Tribute to a Founder of ROW
A group of ROW members gathered at a median in South Fifth Avenue on Sunday, January 17, 2021, to dedicate an engraved stone in memory of Dolly Pearson, a founder of ROW. "Miss Dolly," as she was affectionately called, lived at the corner of Nun and Fifth Avenue for most of her life. She was active in ROW and continued to attend meetings in her golden years. Dolly loved to garden and ROW awards the "Dolly Pearson Garden Award" to outstanding local gardeners.
The inscription on the stone is:
Dolly Jane Humphrey Pearson
May the seeds Miss Dolly planted
in downtown Wilmington
forever bloom.
Residents of Old Wilmington
June Huff Dellinger Bench
Posted on Mar 20th, 2020
A new bench has been installed on Nun Street at the River Walk.  The bench was purchased by ROW from money that was donated from the estate of June Dellinger Huff. June was a founding member of ROW and an active preservationist before it became fashionable. The bench faces up the hill on Nun St. toward June's house. The project to purchase the bench was undertaken by ROW Past President, Phoebe Bragg.

~ Upcoming Events ~
Candidates' Forum
Wednesday, September 29th, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet/ 7:00 PM Forum begins at Wilmington Community Arts Center/120 South Second Street
Candidates running for City Council will answer questions from ROW and the audience. Jon Evans of WECT News will MC the event.

~ Back Door Kitchen Tour Canceled ~
The 14th Annual ROW Back Door Kitchen Tour will not be held this year. It was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020. Because of the threat of the Coronavirus, ROW has cancelled all group activities. The tour was also canceled in 2018 because of Hurricane Florence. ROW members and visitors will will miss seeing the many fine homes that are always part of the tour. We hope to be back in the future

~ ROW Awards ~
Good Neighbor Award
The Kirkegaard Family is the recipient of the Good Neighbor Award for 2019. Tony and Gary and children, Austin and Brittney, received the Good Neighbor Plaque at the Historic Wilmington Foundation Preservation Awards on May 22.  The entire family decorates the ROW Carriage for the Christmas Parade and they participate in community efforts such as the Azalea Sweep. Tony has served as co-chair of the Spring Picnic for several years.
Garden Award
ROW Past President Phoebe Bragg awarded the 2019-20 Dolly Pearson Garden Award to Allison Green for her spectacular garden at 218 N. Fourth Street.