Preserving The Past, Building The Future

The owner of Patriot Roofing, Stephanie Bolton, believes in the message and work that the Historic Wilmington Foundation lends to our community. Stephanie and her husband, Bill, have made it a priority to give back to our community by donating their time and resources to the nonprofit over the years. Most recently, Stephanie has become a member of the Historical Wilmington Foundation Board and is looking forward to contributing to the greater effort of saving and protecting historic structures. Stephanie and Bill find it equally important to educate the community and their clients about the proper care and maintenance of historic buildings, as such care is vital to the preservation of those structures.

For more than half a century, the Historic Wilmington Foundation has been preserving the built history of New Hanover county and, over the years, extending its reach to Pender and Brunswick counties too. The member-supported nonprofit hosts events, workshops, and programs in an effort to maintain historic architecture in our area and educate the community about the importance of these irreplaceable structures.

By bringing awareness to the value historical buildings provide to our area, the Historic Wilmington Foundation has gained support from local businesses and community members alike. And while support in the form of dollars is always nice, the Historic Wilmington Foundation gladly accepts donations in the form of old buildings or their reclaimed parts. Often when land and lots are purchased, the buyer has other plans for the space. If a vintage structure is located on one of these plots, the Historic Wilmington Foundation will be happy to salvage what they can from the structure or even make arrangements to move the entire building to another location. This adaptive reuse is what keeps our community’s history rich and still allows for the natural flow of growth within our city. 

Stephanie and Bill are continuously adapting and growing Patriot Roofing to meet the needs of our ever-changing community. In an effort to deepen their already extensive knowledge of historical preservation work, the two have enrolled in the Historic Preservation Construction program that Cape Fear Community College just started to offer this year. The new certification aims to provide students with the knowledge to maintain and preserve historic structures not only in our community, but across the nation too. Understanding that our historic structures require specialized maintenance and care to be preserved will ultimately help the effort of keeping these buildings standing tall for years to come. 

If you own a historic building and have questions about proper care and maintenance of its roof or exterior, give the professionals at Patriot Roofing a call today. They welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the needs of your historic home and how they can help. 

Stephanie Bolton is the owner of Patriot Roofing Company, a female-owned and locally operated roofing company serving the Cape Fear area. With over 20 years of experience serving homeowners, Patriot Roofing Company specializes in residential roofing, siding, gutters, and windows. Visit them online at, or call 910-218-0600.  

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