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 Local law enforcement officers enjoy the food and fellowship of the
ROW Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner 
To our ROW Members: Stay Home and Stay Safe!
Help prevent the spread of the Corona Virus.
While we miss seeing each other, it is important that we adhere
to the guidelines set by health officials.  
Wear a mask, Wash your hands and Practice social distancing. 
ROW supports the community through monetary grants for improve-
ments 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.
Ride the Downtown Trolley! The Downtown Trolley has a new name:  Port City Trolley. The revised Port City Trolley now serves and connects all five districts in downtown Wilmington:  Brooklyn Arts, North Waterfront, Central Business, Castle Street and South Front Street.  There are 15 stops and the times the trolley is available at that stop are printed on the back of the trolley banner. Look for the car and climb aboard. The trolleys will allow you to move freely about the city. Go to the Wave Transit website:  (www.wavetransit.com) to see a map of the routes and stops.
~ 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.
Membership Meeting
Posted on Sep 16th, 2019
The annual ROW Membership Meeting on September 11 was well attended by over a hundred members and over twenty new members. Tony Kirkegaard provided a wonderful array of food, especially the chicken salad sandwiches, fruits and munchies. A short business meeting was led by ROW President Beverly Grasley and Tony Kirkegaard was approved as the new Membership Chair to fill the vacancy of former Chair Darla Hamby. The group observed a Moment of Silence in memory of 9/11. Treasurer Dave Hendrickson was kept busy accepting membership dues. Everyone agreed that the battleship is the perfect location for the membership meeting. 
Use the Downtown Parking Garages
Posted on Apr 5th, 2019
When you go downtown for any reason, be a good neighbor and do not park in the residential blocks of Front, Second or Third Street. The parking garages are free for the first 90 minutes so please use them. The residents of the 200 block of Second Street are experiencing an increase in street parking, especially since the summer downtown concert series moved to the corner of Market and Second. Please be considerate of our fellow residents.
Downtown Wilmington Issues
Posted on Jul 13th, 2017
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. In November, 2019, the City Council voted to extend parking restrictions in the residential streets nearest the Central Business District and to fund a study of parking patterns in the affected area. New parking restrictions to close the gap between 5:30 pm and 3:00 am were approved and restrictions were extended to include Sunday. The five blocks affected are:  200 block of Orange Street, 100 and 200 blocks of Ann Street and 200 and 300 blocks of Second Street.
II.  The City Council has approved the following regulations for both Home Stay and Whole House Short Term rentals in residential areas of Historic Districts that became effective March 1, 2019:
  • Owners must register each year and provide proof of property ownership. ($200 for Home Stays; $300 for Whole House)
  • The owner must buy $500,000 of commercial liability insurance.
  • The owner must keep records of all rentals and pay the 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. After the first year, 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.
If you wish to report an STR that is not abiding by these regulations, call 910-254-0900 and leave a message that includes the address of the STR.
III. The Grace Street Project, involving the block that includes the library, has been postponed. New Hanover County owns the block and County Commissioners are reviewing proposals for a public-private redevelopment of the block that could affect the current library and possibly move the Cape Fear Museum to the site. A survey of ROW members in March found overwhelming support for keeping Story Park and against building 125 Apartments. The results were nearly even for keeping the current library/building a new one and moving the museum downtown. On April 1, 2019, the County Commissioners postponed a final decision on the project. 
IV. NCDOT has hired a consulting firm to study the possibility of adding additional lanes to the existing Cape Fear Bridge. Only the study has been funded. A plan to build a new bridge between Brunswick and New Hanover Counties is not currently being pursued. 
V. The City has reviewed its brick street policy and repairs and restoration have been made 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 ~
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~ 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.
 The 13th Annual ROW Back Door Kitchen Tour held on October 12, 2019, was a big success. The weather was perfect and all of the visitors were in a happy mood as they walked from house to house. Below are some pictures from the tour.
These generous Sponsors supported the 2019 Tour: 
MEDIA Sponsor
Click here to read an article about the Back Door Kitchen Tour.
I. Gold Sponsors
Carolina Retirement Planners 910-815-3100         
Keith and Sylvia Kochler - Sponsor Friends
II. Silver Sponsors
The Ivy Cottage                     910-815-0907       
Stone Garden                         910-452-1619     
Element Outdoor Living          910-302-6888          
Port City Properties                910-251-0615         
Rooster and the Crow              910-988-0787         
Southeastern Tile Connection 910-799-5565
III. Bronze Sponsors
Darla and Ken Hamby - Sponsor Friends
Southeastern Marble & Granite 910-763-7700
Stone Garden                             910-452-1619
Heinberg Insurance Agency       910-767-9304
Classic Cabinet Designs              910-395-6439
SDI Construction                         910-763-8333         
Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators       910-254-9443
Taste the Olive & Vine                 910-256-6457
Southern Home                            910-251-1038
The Children's Museum of Wilmington 910-254-3534
Leland Ace Hardware                     910-383-668
Crust Kitchen and Cocktails          910-399-1263
(Also, The Cheese Project LLC)

~ 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.