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What’s the difference between the historic districts?

Gail Calloway

HistoricDistrictsMapQ. When looking up a map of the Historic District online at the City of Wilmington website, I noticed there are two – a national register and a local map. What is the difference other than that national one covering a great deal more?

A. There are two historic districts in Wilmington: the City of Wilmington Historic District and the National Register Historic District.

According to city Historic Preservation Planner Maggie O’Connor, there are actually five City of Wilmington historic districts, The Theater District, Residential Historic District, Mixed Use Historic District, Downtown Commercial historic District and the Carolina Heights/Winoca Terrace Historic District. The first of these districts was designated by the City Council in 1962. The Historic Preservation Commission decides requests for Certificates of Appropriateness to ensure compatibility.

The National Register Historic District is a federal program run by the National Park Service, together with local and state, listing buildings and districts worthy of historical preservation. Federal and state tax credit programs are administrated by the State Historic Preservation Office. The National District includes the Wilmington district.

Click here for a map of Wilmington’s historic districts.


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