Spring is in the air, and for the Wilmington area that means that the Azalea Festival is in bloom! If you’ve never visited southeastern North Carolina during this fun-filled weekend, there is plenty to see and do – enough that most of us can’t possibly get around to everything on the schedule. But if you happen to be a history buff, or a lover of architecture, then you won’t want to miss the Historic Home Tour!
Presented by the Historic Wilmington Foundation, the tour has been taking festival goers across the threshold of some of the oldest and most eclectic homes in Wilmington for years. From cottages to mansions – even sometimes a notable church or public building – the foundation provides a varied selection in order to give you the best sampling of historic life in Wilmington. Each home is monitored by docents, which are ready to answer visitor questions and share unique bits of information on each of the city’s featured pieces of history.
This year, the area’s largest home tour begins Saturday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Daniel-Poisson House (315 S Front St.). The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be attended by city officials, local residences, and visitors to the festival before the tours officially start. Tours run between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, before the 2018 Azalea Festival draws to a close.
The best part about your ticket is that you can use it on either day of the weekend, or even both if you decide you need more exposure to Wilmington’s architectural history! All proceeds go toward supporting the Historic Wilmington Foundation and its preservation efforts in the region.
The First Stop
The Daniel-Poisson House is one of many homes opened to visitors in the annual event. Located on historic South Front Street – near the Hannah Block Historic USO Building and many other local favorites – this home showcases a classic style and the quintessential southern front porch. Other Wilmington homes chosen for the tour have similar charms, but each is unique and has its own story. Don’t miss the chance to hear each one this spring when you visit our neighborhoods!