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Residents of Old Wilmington
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Fostering Neighborliness in Our Historic Community Since 1973
We cordially invite all who share ROW's vision for our community to become a member of Residents of Old Wilmington, Inc. a not-for-profit downtown neighborhood association. ROW has been fostering neighborliness in our historic community for over forty years.  Membership provides a delightful opportunity to meet and socialize with your neighbors.
Prior to 1973 the primary civic organization for downtown residents were the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and the Historic Wilmington Foundation.  Residents found that in addition to concerns for history and preservation, other pressing issues needed to be monitored:  economic development, safe neighborhoods, zoning, beautification and political visibility.
To meet these needs, a group of about 40 residents founded the Residents of Old Wilmington (ROW) in 1973.  The new organization gave them a social network, the capacity to identify and address issues proactively, and a means to provide resources for neighborhood improvements.
Community spirit was an attribute of those residents who pooled their abilities and resources to sustain the ambiance of this lively, close-knit urban neighborhood by the river.  Their legacy continued for four decades as ROW grew and helped to shape a thriving downtown residential community, adding downtown development to the list of issues to be examined and monitored.  Over the years ROW has influenced many policy issues and contributed to numerous community projects.  The following is only a partial listing of its varied accomplishments:
  • Donating resources to beautification projects including Market and Castle Streets, the Southern Hospitality sculpture downtown, the urban park adjacent to the main library, the City's matching grant tree program, brick street restoration, and the Tileston School brick wall.
  • Providing support to several downtown cultural institutions:  the Railroad Museum, Bellamy Mansion, Thalian Hall, and the Historic Wilmington Foundation.
  • Supporting the Christmas season "Holly Jolly Stroll."
  • Collaborating with public and private organization working to resolve some of the problems that plague downtown neighborhoods (DARE, Downtown Community Watch, Wilmington Historic Preservation Commission and Downtown Wilmington Association).
  • Creating social bonds by hosting an annual holiday party, summer picnic and fall membership party.
The "glue" that holds a community together is its citizenry.  Wilmington has become a magnet for some of the best minds, artistic talent and civic-minded individuals in American Society.  ROW aspires to be fully representative of the diversity and talent of our downtown neighborhoods.
The future of New Hanover County as a desirable place to live will be measured by the vibrancy of Wilmington as a nucleus for the region.  We welcome you to join ROW's efforts to sustain an energetic, prosperous and balanced community in downtown Wilmington.
New Member Sign-Up
Anyone who shares the ROW Vision and  lives between Red Cross and Queen Streets, from Eighth to the River, is eligible to become a voting MEMBER.  Anyone living elsewhere who is concerned about issues affecting the downtown area may become a FRIEND of ROW, but cannot vote in ROW meetings.
Dues:  Annual Membership dues for both voting members and friends are $10 for an individual and $20 for a household.
Meetings:  Membership meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July, August, & December) at 7:00 PM in Tileston School, 412 Ann Street.
Notices of meetings and other activities are published in the Newsletter distributed to paid members and friends.
It's easy to join ROW, just click HERE for our registration page to sign up.
Existing Member Renewal
Current members can renew their membership on the Members Only Page.