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History Walking and Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Historic Wilmington Foundation Plaques

To be eligible for a Historic Wilmington Foundation Plaque, a building must be over 75 years old and be located in New Hanover County. Buildings over 50 years old at Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are also eligible for a plaque.

To apply for a plaque, please contact the Foundation at 910.762.2511 or email to receive an application.

Application Review Process
The Plaque Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to review plaque applications. Applications must be submitted to the Foundation office at least one week prior to the meeting. The Committee reviews applications in the order they are received, and it is common for the process to take several months.

The Research
The application is designed to lead you step-by-step through your research. If the Committee needs more information, a member contacts you and explains what information you need to gather and present before the next meeting. If you choose, you can hire someone to do the research for you. Call HWF to receive the names of architectural historians who will complete the research for you for a fee.

The Plaque Text
After the review process is complete, the Plaque Committee composes a text for your building. The Foundation will send a copy of the text to you, and you may then order your hand-painted plaque.

The Price
The price of a new plaque is $350 for members and $400 for non-members (includes a one-year, tax deductible family membership to the HWF). Call for the cost of a replacement plaque. The price of the plaque must be paid in full before the information is sent to the sign company to be painted. Buildings over 100 years old receive a black plaque and those from 75 to 100 years old receive a maroon color plaque. Historic alleys over 75 years receive green plaques. 50 year-old beach buildings receive a sea oats color plaque with black lettering. Foundation staff will call you when the plaque is ready.

A project completed in partnership with NHC Public Library.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

River Boat Landing

River Boat Landing Corner of Market and Water Streets 

End of Market on Water facing away from the Cape Fear River 

Lori on Tour 

Old Peanut Factory Downtown Wilmington NC

he old peanut factory is located in the ally behind the River Boat Landing and the Mixtos Restaurants 
Old Peanut Factory in ally off of Water, half block down from Market. 
The ally, building on the right. 

Picture thru the window into the building , 2nd floor is gone, note the earth quake rods. 

Inside the building 

Many people think these were installed  a hurricane supports but actually they were installed as earth quake supports installed in the mid and late 1800s.  
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Tour Old Wilmington NC

We love the old buildings in Wilmington NC.  If you have a pic or vid you would like to share please do so. You'll also see some great pics from Oakdale Cemetery located at the end of 15th street.
Please join us on a stroll in historic Wilmington NC

Lori and Rusty
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One of the haunted locations in Wilmington NC

Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours tm
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Scary, creepy and mostly ghostly
Tales of the Cotton Exchange!
Chills and Thrills await you at the one of the most historic & haunted locations in Wilmington.
Tours 7 days a week
Under 12 Free
All Others $12 each
Group, Private and Bus Tours available
Call for Tour Times
(910) 409-4300
Haunted Tours start next to the German Café on the parking lot side.

JM Brooks Building

JM Brooks Building

10 South Water Street

10 South Water Street

River Boat Landing

River Boat Landing

Historic Bellamy

Historic Bellamy

Tom's Drug Store

Tom's Drug Store

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