Historical, Cultural, and Architectural

New Hanover County has a rich history which contains hundreds of historical, cultural, and archaeological sites. Click the tabs below to learn more about these resources.


New Hanover County is looking for stewards to adopt and maintain our County’s abandoned or neglected cemeteries. There are approximately 100 cemeteries in New Hanover County. Many of these cemeteries are located deep in the woods while others are visible from the roads.

Cemeteries range in age, with some dating back to the late 1700’s and vary in condition, from simple vegetative removal to more complicated headstone resetting and repair. Volunteer groups will be matched to cemeteries according to their skill level, number of volunteers, desired location, and other criteria to ensure project success. Volunteer group activities include but not limited to: raking and removing vegetation; mowing grass; repairing, cleaning and resetting stones; mapping locations of gravesites; historical research; fence erection or repair; and photographing the site. New Hanover County can provide instruction and assistance for volunteer groups. Volunteer groups will be recognized for their adoption with a sign provided by New Hanover County.

For more information, please email us at:


Click here to download a map of cemeteries located in New Hanover County.

Volunteers in action


New Hanover County has hundreds of archaeological sites identified by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Twenty-eight sites were considered significant enough and selected to be protected by the County’s Conservation Overlay District regulations.

Click here for a map of protected archaeological resources.

Historic Architecture

In 1985, the New Hanover County Planning Department and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History conducted an architectural inventory to document the historic and architectural resources of New Hanover County. One hundred forty-three structures, including religious, educational, commercial and residential structures as well as bridges and piers built between 1830-1940 are documented in Historic Architecture of New Hanover County North Carolina.

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 110 • Wilmington, NC 28403
Planning & Land Use: Phone 910-798-7165 • Fax 910-798-7053
Building Safety: Phone 910-798-7308 • Fax 910-798-7811
Engineering: Phone 910-798-7139 • Fax 910-798-7051