Q. Prior to Wilmington College or UNCW moving to the current campus, what was the name of the street that is now known as South College Road?
Beverly Tetterton, history librarian with the New Hanover County Public Library, says the road is contemporaneous with the move of Wilmington College to its present location. Apparently, the stretch was originally known only as Highway 132.
In the minutss of the Wilmington College Board of Trustees for May 8, 1958,the Trustees approved a petition to the New Hanover County Commissioners to rename Hwy. 132 from U.S. 17 to Oleander Drive as “College Road.” (Thanks for Tyrone M. Rowell for spotting the item in the University Archives.)
According to Dana Fischetti, ground was broken for the three original buildings – Alderman, Hinton James and Hoggard Hall – is 1960, and they were formally occupied in 1961. There wasn’t much out there before then.
Wilmington College became UNCW in 1969 when by act of the General Assembly, it became the fifth campus of the UNC system.
Date posted: May 4, 2012
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