Volunteers bless them one and all helped rebuild and restore our town and area. Even now volunteers are on the front line improving our lives and community. Because of them we have an extensive parking area on West Main Street, very usable and still being improved. Lighting is being installed so that the Village Trail , a walk along the river can be lite in the evening. After a nice dinner at Jezebel’s, our guests may walk along the River Walk. As I write this a bridge is being built to extend the river walk and enhance the walking pleasure. I’m told that the volunteers will be decorating it with flowers.
The beautification committee will again plant flower containers in front of our buildings. The chamber and village association published a walking tour map of the village. The Historical Society of Wilmington is planning activities as well. Maintenance, improvements to buildings and grounds are seen daily. Ann Coleman Gallery will shortly be built next to the chamber. Dot’s Restaurant is near completion and we look forward to The Parmelee and Howe building to be occupied by an exciting new restaurant.
It takes time to rebuild after six plus feet of river water runs thru a town. Most of the retail buildings are restored and functioning.Most are operating seven days a week 9 am to 5 pm. To insure a quality business district all must open daily without fail. Any person or business that can’t compete needs to step aside, not complain, and let a new adventurer step in. Running a mom and pop business is not for sissies, it’s tough work. The big chains are our problem. In Wilmington we offer better quality and friendly service.
The 1836 Country Store and The Norton House (A Quilters Paradise), our family businesses, took no government or private grants. In addition, The Deerfield House on the Norton House land was a total loss. With the help of volunteers, much stress, and the loss of our family savings we opened to serve our loyal customers.
We have several good restaurants in the village as well as on Route 100 north. Route 9, east and west (The Molly Stark Trail) intersects with Route 100 north and south (Route 100 Byway) in the center of Wilmington. Check us out on Google.
With each passing day our town is more beautiful than the day before.