The Historic Wilmington Foundation is thrilled to present our annual Preservation Crawl! On this cocktail crawl, attendees will drink in the charm—literally!—of the historic Castle Street corridor and Cotton Exchange complex.

CASTLE STREET COCKTAILS: Thursday, July 13 (5-8pm)

COTTON EXCHANGE COCKTAILS: Thursday, July 27 (5-8pm)

Stationed in businesses housed inside of historic structures, our talented slate of bartenders will be serving up the Port City’s finest libations! Your ticket is the key to a slew of signature cocktails, crafted by the best bars in Wilmington (5 per event). We like to throw in a splash of fun and feisty competition, so attendees may vote on their favorite bar, with a winner being called at the night’s afterparty!

Choose one night or attend both—and drink up knowing that your ticket ($50 each) supports HWF’s mission: to preserve and protect the irreplaceable historic resources of the Lower Cape Fear region.

Our sponsors allow us to carry out a vital mission that began in 1966 and is still going strong. We are grateful to each and every one! 

To sponsor the Preservation Crawl, contact Isabelle Shepherd, Outreach & Development Coordinator: shepherd@historicwilmington.orgSponsors will be finalized on Friday, June 30. 

For more information on HWF’s sponsorship opportunities, click here

2023 Annual Sponsors

Alex McKinney Real Estate

1213 Culbreth Drive, Suite 109
Wilmington, NC 28405

Hogue Hill, LLP

101 South 3rd Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Balding Design Build

402 Carl Street, Unit 101
Wilmington, NC 28403

Bob King Buick GMC, Inc.

5115 New Centre Drive
Wilmington, NC 28428

Brigitte Simone Real Estate, Inc.

1025 N. Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Mason, Mason, and Smith, Attorneys at Law

514 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

The Cameron Team

110 Dungannon Blvd Ste 100
Wilmington, NC 28403

MoMentum Companies

103 South Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Decision Point Wealth Consulting at UBS

1985 Eastwood Road, Suite 110
Wilmington, NC 28403

Patriot Roofing & Exteriors

921 Princess Street, Suite 155
Wilmington, NC 28401

First Bank

201 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

St. Stephen AME Church

501 Red Cross Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

WHQR Public Media

254 N. Front Street, Suite 300
Wilmington, NC 28401

Preservation Crawl Sponsors

Linen Shoppe

600 W. Brunswick St., Unit 2
Southport, NC 28461

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

200 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Lotide General Contractors

111 Bryan Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

The Cotton Exchange

321 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Mann, McGibney, & Jordan, PLLC

110 Dungannon Blvd #160
Wilmington, NC 28401

Stephens Law Firm, P.C.

701 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Lighthouse Film Company

926 N. 4th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


I purchased my ticket(s) online. Where do I get my printed ticket(s)?

You will receive your printed ticket when you begin your tour at our start location:

  • CASTLE STREET COCKTAILS: Your ticket will be ready for pick-up at the first stop on the crawl, Fire Station No. 2 (602 S. 5th Avenue)!
  • COTTON EXCHANGE COCKTAILS: Your ticket will be ready for pick-up at HWF’s ticket booth, located at the Nutt Street entrance to the Cotton Exchange, accessed through the Cotton Exchange parking lot.

Simply keep your confirmation email handy; you may print out a copy, or pull the email up on your mobile device. When you present the registration email to one of our staffers at the start location, you’ll receive a paper ticket that grants you admission at all of our participating venues!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You must be at least 21 years of age to attend this event. Don’t forget to bring your driver’s license/photo ID to confirm your age!

I'm confused about the location of the Preservation Crawl. Where is each crawl located, and how long is the route?

For our crawls, you will not be visiting any bars directly! Rather, participating bars are setting up small “sipping stations” inside shops in one walkable area.
  • CASTLE STREET COCKTAILS: This crawl will guide you to five shops along Castle Street, with all sipping stations located along a two-block route! 
  • COTTON EXCHANGE COCKTAILS: This crawl will encourage you to explore the Cotton Exchange (321 N. Front Street) and its various shops. (Many will be offering special discounts!) All sampling stations may be found within the Cotton Exchange complex, which encompasses one city block.

Where can I park?

CASTLE STREET COCKTAILS: There is no designated parking area for the event. The Castle Street corridor provides a variety of on-street parking options.

COTTON EXCHANGE COCKTAILS: Attendees may park in the Cotton Exchange parking lot for free, with a parking validation sticker. Please bring your parking ticket with you to the check-in table (located at the Nutt Street entrance to the Cotton Exchange, accessed through the parking lot), and a staff member will give you further instructions.

If driving to the Preservation Crawl, please plan for your safe route home! If you need help calling an Uber, Lyft, or cab, an HWF staff member or volunteer will be happy to assist you with scheduling a pick-up on your mobile device.

What’s the refund policy?

HWF relies on ticket sales to support the mission of preserving and protecting Wilmington’s historic, irreplaceable resources. As such, we have a no-refund policy for the Preservation Crawl.

Is this a rain-or-shine event?

Yes, this is a rain-or-shine event. Please remember that there is a no-refund policy for the Preservation Crawl.

What do I get, for the cost of my ticket?

You’ll receive a map for your self-guided tour. Along your way, you’ll be treated to five sample-size cocktails—smaller than a full-size drink, but heftier than a shot!

Will there be food provided?

CASTLE STREET COCKTAILS: Food will not be provided during Castle Street Cocktails. There are restaurants along the crawl route that will be open for food orders, such as Castle Street Kitchen or On Thyme.

COTTON EXCHANGE COCKTAILS: Food will not be provided during Cotton Exchange Cocktails. There are restaurants within the Cotton Exchange that will be open for food orders, including The Basics and The German Cafe


Will the participating venues be open for business during the Preservation Crawl?

Yes—don’t forget to bring your wallet, and feel free to shop while you sip!

May I bring my child with me?

No, children are not permitted. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age. 

May I bring my pet with me?

Only service animals are permitted on the tour. 

How can I contact the organizer with questions?

Please call HWF at 910.762.2511, or email