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13 th Annual Back-Door-Kitchen Tour – Residents of Old Wilmington (ROW)
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Category: Events

Mark your calendars for the return of the annual Back-Door-Kitchen-Tour 

This event has been popular and well attended in the past and this year’s event promises to be even better!

The BDKT is the only fundraiser for  ROW (Residents of Old Wilmington) a nonprofit, all- volunteer neighborhood association. Proceeds are used to benefit the greater Wilmington community. Recent projects include new lighting for the Battleship North Carolina exhibit and informational displays for the Bellamy Mansion.

Wilmington, North Carolina, located on the Cape Fear river, is a small coastal city with a long and varied history. This is reflected in the historic downtown and its layout of homes and businesses. The inspiration for the Back-Door-Kitchen-Tour event came from a desire to offer an informal tour of a house, like you might do for a neighbor or friend. So participants are invited to “come through the back door” and get a closer look at cooking and living arrangements in wide variety of home settings. What makes this event different from other historic home tours is the opportunity to tour several homes, some historic, some newer, and have several docents present in each home explaining its history, features, renovations and quirky items (like secret rooms!). Each house has a story to tell about the forces and events in the Cape Fear region that shaped it. There are nine homes available to visit in Wilmington’s downtown Historic District for this year’s event. The homes are located roughly between Walnut and Castle Streets, and from the Cape Fear River to 6th street. Each house has a unique history and a special kitchen designed for that home. 

The oldest home was built in 1810 and the newest in 1935. Architectural styles range from Greek Revival and 2nd French Empire to modern luxury condo. Though the homes have all been renovated through the years, they retain many original features such as heart-of-pine floors, fireplaces, exposed brickwork, and period moldings. With your ticket purchase you receive a keepsake brochure with a short description of each home and its location.

Admission: Adults $25 in advance; $30 day of the event

Tickets are available Sept. 1 to Oct. 20 at The Ivy Cottage (3020 Market St) and Cape Fear Spice Merchants (20 Market St), and at area Harris Teeter stores from Sept. 26. Tickets may also be purchased in advance via the ROW website at Day of event tickets are available at each home on the tour and at the Bellamy Mansion (503 Market St). Residents of Old Wilmington (ROW) is a non-profit, all-volunteer, community organization. Proceeds from this event are used by ROW, through projects and grants, to directly restore, preserve, and improve the historic Wilmington downtown area.

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit