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What is the Azalea Festival Historic Home Tour?

Judy Royal

Part of the N.C. Azalea Festival, the Historic Home Tour is an annual showcase of older houses around Wilmington’s historic district. This year, the tour is April 4-5 and includes 10 private homes open to ticket holders each afternoon. Tickets are $25 and are available at all Harris Teeter locations and the Azalea Festival office, 5725 Oleander Drive, Wilmington [Map this], the Historic Wilmington Foundation, 516 N. 4th St., Wilmington [Map this], or at each home site on the days of the tour. There is a discount for HWF members and groups of 10 or more.

Proceeds from the tour go to the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve the historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. Since its formation in 1966, the Historic Wilmington Foundation has saved more than 200 historic properties from demolition.

For more information, call Historic Wilmington Foundation at (910) 762-2511 or the Azalea Festival Ticket Office at (910) 794-4650 or log on to www.historicwilmington.org.

Each home is selected for its individual appeal and architectural or historic significance. The 2009 tour includes:

1. Collins-Jones House – 1920 Market St., Wilmington [Map this]- Laura & Kyle Trivett

2. Bass-Oliver House – 1906 Market St., Wilmington [Map this]- Randy & William Jayne

3. Smith-Willoughby House – 1902 Market St., Wilmington [Map this]- Jessica & Joseph McAlear

4. W. Houston Moore House – 1819 Market St., Wilmington [Map this]- Jackie Burch

5. Hicks House – 410 N.15th St., Wilmington [Map this] – Elizabeth Carpenter

6. Gore-TenHuisen House – 512 Grace St., Wilmington [Map this] – Chris Gore & Matt TenHuisen

7. Williams House – 10 S. 5th Ave., Wilmington [Map this] – Lucia & Tom Hughes

8. Daniel-Poisson House – 315 S. Front St., Wilmington [Map this] – Lynne & Charles Boney Jr.

9. King-Thorpe House – 209 Nun St., Wilmington [Map this] – Howard Jenkins & Carlos Zabola

10. Spetrino House – 10 Church St., Wilmington [Map this] – Kathy & David Spetrino

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