Preservation NC Annual Conference March 20-22 Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington


In light of Hurricane Florence, the 2018 conference is postponed until March 20-22, 2019. Registration is currently open for the new March 20-22 dates. All conference venues and locations will remain the same. Your conference registration will be automatically transferred to the March date. If you've already booked your hotel room for the conference it will be transferred to March as well (however, if need you need to cancel or reschedule your hotel room, you can call the Blockade Runner directly at 1.800.572.5013.

In the weeks since the hurricane, we were touched and inspired by the strength and resiliency of the people of North Carolina. We were excited to showcase the charm and hospitality of the historic towns of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach to visitors from across our state and beyond. After reaching out to our conference partners and venues over the last week, the decision to postpone was the right one-- to give our friends and family in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach (and other communities impacted by Hurricane Florence) more time to recover.

Rescheduling the conference on the first days of Spring-- a time of renewal and hope-- seems like just the right way to honor all the hard work of rebuilding that will happen between now and March. We hope that you will join us March 20-22 in Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington for our annual conference. It will be a tremendous opportunity for us to show our support for one of North Carolina's great historic cities.

Below are a few conference-related housekeeping items:

  • Conference Registration: Your current conference registration will transfer to the new conference date. You will not need to take any action. If you haven't already registered and would like to register with the new conference dates, you can still do so. If you are no longer able to attend the conference in March, please forward your conference registration confirmation email to cgoodlett@presnc.org and we will process your cancellation/refund.
  • Location, Venue and Conference Schedule: Conference locations and venues will remain the same, only the date will change. We are still working to confirm the new dates for all our our speakers and panelists, but so far many of them will be able to join us in March. We are hoping the schedule will remain largely unchanged.
  • Accommodations: Your hotel reservation at the Blockade Runner has been automatically moved to the new March date (March 20-22). You should have received a new confirmation email from Blockade Runner Resort. You do not need to take any additional action. If you need to cancel or adjust your hotel reservation with the Blockade Runner, you can do so by calling the Blockade Runner directly at 1.800.572.5013. If you haven't booked your room yet, you can book it now for the March conference dates. You can book online or call the Blockade Runner directly to book your room at 1.800.572.5013.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please be in touch. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Welcome to the Preservation North Carolina Annual Conference! Click any button below or scroll through the page for more conference details.

Advance conference registration is now closed. On-site registration is available.

Use promo code "presnc" for special conference rates at the Silver Gull!

Keep Scrolling for information on CLG and Continuing Education Credits!

Annual Conference Sponsors

Preservation + Innovation: New Ideas Must Use Old Buildings -- Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs famously said, “Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.” She was right-- Innovation and Preservation go hand in hand. At this year's conference we’ll explore the ways entrepreneurs, architects, builders, chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, and preservationists are establishing their new ideas in old buildings. From Kinston to Mount Airy, small towns and not-so-small towns alike, folks are putting innovation to work and bringing new life to historic buildings and spaces. Come network, learn, and be inspired by the creative ways innovation is shaping North Carolina’s historic landscape. Click the Register button below to register for the Annual Conference.

Advance conference registration is now closed. On-site registration is available.

Meet us at the beach for some R & R!

This year's conference will be in Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington. Enjoy some R & R (rescues and restorations) at the beautiful mid-century boutique hotel – the Blockade Runner Beach Resort at Wrightsville Beach – our conference host. You can book your room right now and take advantage of our great conference rates. Click the Accommodations button below to book your room.

If you've already booked your hotel room for the conference it will be transferred to the March dates and you'll receive a new confirmation notification. If need you need to cancel or reschedule your hotel room, you can call the Blockade Runner directly at 1.800.572.5013.

Additional Conference Accommodations

Our conference room block at the Blockade Runner has sold out! The Blockade Runner has added some additional rooms, but they may sell out as well. If you are unable to book at a room at the Blockade Runner, we have secured a conference room block at the Hampton Inn and Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach (1989 Eastwood Road, Wilmington), just a few minutes away (just across the bridge) from the Blockade Runner. King Guest rooms are $139/night and Double Guest rooms are $149/night. You can call Hampton Inn and Suites directly at (910) 256-9600 to book your room, ask for the Preservation North Carolina room rates. You must book your room by March 4, for the conference room rates.

We've also secured special conference rates at the Silver Gull, an ocean front gem, just 1 mile from the Blockade Runner! This charming boutique motel is located right on the beach at the Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier in Wrightsville Beach. You must use promo code "presnc" to take advantage of the special PNC conference rates.

Keynotes, Educational Sessions, Parties, Tours and More!

We have an exciting slate of educational breakout sessions, keynote speakers, tours and a party (or two)-- with the beach as our backdrop! And we couldn’t be at the beach without visiting the historic treasures in nearby Wilmington (including our own Bellamy Mansion)!

Click the button below to view our conference schedule. For questions about the Preservation NC Annual Conference, please contact Clarissa Goodlett.

Advance conference registration is now closed. On-site registration is available.

Hear from and connect with Historic Preservation Innovators

Besides the tours and the parties and the beach, it's why you're coming right? We won't disappoint. We got an amazing group of speakers lined up eager to share with you their stories, expertise, and anything else you'd like to know about historic preservation. Scroll through the list below to view our speakers and presenters. Check back frequently for updates!

Catherine Bishir, Architectural Historian, Raleigh

Cynthia Brown, Historian, Wilmington

Nick Dawson, Landscape Architect and Orton Plantation Manager, New York

Madeline Flagler, Director Wrightsville Beach Museum, Wrightsville Beach

Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr, Professor, UNC-Wilmington, Wilmington

Esther Hall, Preservation Advocacy Expert, Raleigh

Susi Hamilton, Secretary of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Wilmington

Stephen Hill, President and Founder, Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston

Cary Joshi, President, Social House Vodka, Kinston

Michelle McCullough, Planner, City of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem

Annie McDonald, Preservation Specialist, State Historic Preservation Office, Asheville

James Perry, President/CEO, Winston-Salem Urban League, Winston-Salem

Racial Equity Institute, Greensboro

Gene Rees, Developer, Mount Airy

Tony Rivenbark, Director, Thalian Hall, Wilmington

Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington, Wilmington

Tony Sears, City Manager, Kinston

Amber Stimpson, Local Preservation Commission/Certified Local Government Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office, Raleigh

Richard A. Swartzel, President, Cornerstone United, Hickory

Recognizing achievements in Historic Preservation

The strength of our awards program comes from the work of people who take the time to nominate deserving individuals, organizations, and projects that have made a difference in historic preservation. Click HERE for complete list of previous honor award winners. Click the button below for award categories and complete information on how to submit an award nomination. Awards nominations are now closed. Our 2018 winners will be recognized at our awards ceremony at Thalian Hall in Wilmington on Friday morning of the conference. An awards reception will take place at Bellamy Mansion following the ceremony.

Conference Sponsorship

Preservation North Carolina’s annual conference is an opportunity for a diverse group of North Carolinians to come together to learn how historic preservation can be used to enhance quality of life and promote sustainable economic development. Your sponsorship gift will assist us in providing an exciting and stimulating conference, while keeping it affordable for participants. In return, PNC will publicize your sponsorship in our conference materials and online. Click the button below to review a list of sponsorship opportunities and benefits or download the Sponsorship Packet HERE. For conference sponsorship questions, or become a conference sponsor, contact Clarissa Goodlett at 919-832-3652 ext 238, cgoodlett@presnc.org.

CLG and Continuing Education Credits

Sessions at the Preservation NC Annual Conference can be applied as continuing education and CLG credits for local commissions and architects. You will need to self-report your session attendance/hours. For local commissions, the conference will be one of the CLG training opportunities for FY 2019. If you are an architect, click HERE for guidelines on reporting continuing education credits.

Other stuff you might need to know...

We've included some info below about the area and getting around in Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach. We'll also provide more detailed information, including directions and maps in your program guide when you check-in at the conference in October. In the meantime, if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We can't wait to see you in March!

If you're new to Preservation NC and want to get an idea of what to expect? Take a look at last year’s program guide.

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Blockade Runner/Wilmington Images used on this site are by Joshua McClure. Preservation NC Annual Conference Images used on this site are by Tammy Cantrell.

2017 Annual Conference, Charlotte. Photos by Tammy Cantrell, Encaptured&Co

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