Azalea Festival Home Tour 2018

Azalea Festival Home Tour

April 14 & 15, 2018

Climb the porch, cross the threshold and enter in to a very special part of Wilmington and its history. Eleven beautiful homes will be open for you to explore.  As part of Wilmington’s Azalea Festival, Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Home Tour, presented by Delinda Harrelson and Associates, will take place April 14, 1-6pm and April 15, 1-5pm.  From cottage to mansion, this Tour is not to be missed!

Included with your ticket is a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick-off this area’s largest Home Tour on Saturday, April 14, 12:30pm, at the Daniel-Poisson House, 315 S. Front Street.  Join City and County Dignitaries and Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles as we cut the ribbon, explore the home and enjoy free ice cream provided by Dairy Queen.

Docents are present at each location to share the homes’ highlights and history.  Tickets are good for the full weekend.  Tour goers can attend either or both days, and can start and end at any point along the route.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 during the weekend of the Tour, on April 14 & 15.  You can now purchase Azalea Festival Home Tour tickets through Eventbrite!  And you’ll still get your souvenir brochure.  Hold on to your Eventbrite ticket (digital or paper ).  We will scan that Eventbrite ticket out on the Tour and trade it for our traditional brochure/ticket featuring all our homes on the Tour, or for your convenience we can take care of that for you before the Tour at our office, 2011 Market Street, inside the National Cemetery gates.  Tickets will also be available at each house on the Tour.  Cash only.  No credit cards will be accepted on the Tour.

OR  Purchase tickets at Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Office, 2011 Market Street, inside the National Cemetery gates, open 9am -5pm M-F or at one of many ticket outlet partners:




  • Daniel-Poisson House 315 S. Front Street (1866) This Queen Anne home was built for Nathaniel Green and his wife Harriet Hartshorn in 1866. After the Daniels, it was owned by the Poisson and related Pickrell families. Today it is the home of Lynne and Charles Boney, Jr.
  • Parker–Saunders House 401 S. Front Street (1844) Built in 1844, this Italianate/Greek Revival hybrid home is famous for Woodrow Wilson having lived there while home from Davidson College. The home was built for John A. Parker, a sign, ship and house painter, and his wife Elizabeth White. It was owned by the Saunders family from 1904 to 1948 and is currently the home of Katherine and Donald Britt. who purchased the home in 1975.
  • Edward Payson Willard House 15 S. 4th Street (1908) This Neoclassical Revival style housewas built for Edward Payson Willard, secretary and general manager of the Willard Bag & Manufacturing Company, and his wife Mary Love West in 1908. The house remained in the Willard family until 1987. It was purchased and renovated by Umbaugh Enterprises, LLC in 2017.
  • Miles Costin House 20 S. Fifth Avenue (1855) A welcoming “come and go porch” leads you to this 1855 home built for Miles Costin and his wife Catherine Letitia Robeson. It was designed by James F. Post, the architect for local museum houses the Bellamy Mansion and the Latimer House. Costin was a wealthy property owner, merchant, planter and Wilmington Town Commissioner. This grand home is characterized by its mansard roof, which was added in 1885. Now owned by Tony and Gary Kirkegaard.
  • May and Eugene Cook House 816 Dock Street (1910) May Henrietta Hall, wife of Eugene Holland Cook, purchased the lot for this Queen Anne home in 1910 and the house was built later that year. Cook was the owner of Wilmington winery Sol Bear & Co. The current owner is Delinda Harrelson and Associates, our presenting sponsor,who has completed a full renovation.
  • Charles O. McNair House 402 N. Seventh Street (1915) Originally erected for Charles O. McNair, a wholesale grocer, this Neoclassical Revival house has been home to two African American physicians, Dr. John S. Perry and Dr. John Kay, as well as to black funeral homes, the Robert H. Scott Funeral Home and the Smith Family Funeral Home. Current owners Harry and Nancy Smith (no relation to the Smith Funeral Home) are renovating and restoring the home with guidance from the Historic Preservation Foundation of NC’s Endangered Properties Program.
  • Bowdoin-Moore House 617 Red Cross Street (1904) This Neoclassical Revival house was built in 1904 for Edward Bowdoin, carpenter and foreman with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, and his wife Mattie Dilday. It was later owned by Reverend William Moore, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, and his wife Clara Hill. Today it is owned by Josh and Adrienne Hodges of Nora Alan Group.
  • Wolf-Webb House 412 N. 14th Street (2006) Behind a beautiful iron gate stands this Mediterranean style retreat. Now the home of artist Katherine Wolf-Webb, it was originally built for John and Cynthia Wallace by John Wallace Construction in 2006. Located in a local historic district, the home underwent the city’s design review process to ensure compatibility with its historic neighborhood.
  • Register-Lawhorne House 1919 Wrightsville Avenue (1919) Constructed amidst the expansion of one of Wilmington’s first suburbs, Carolina Place, this home is a classic Craftsman bungalow, a popular architectural style of the time. It was likely built by Rural Building & Loan Association as a rental property. In 1939, Jeannette King Register purchased the home from Rural Building & Loan. Following Jeannette’s death, it was purchased by Mary B. Lawhorne. The home is now owned by Deborah Kaeser.
  • Soverel House 221 Brookwood (1928) This craftsman style bungalow was built for Ralph Waldo Soverel and his wife Maude Elizabeth Wilson in 1928. Mr. Soverel was a career banker and Mrs. Soverel was a stenographer with the American Molasses Company. The home remained in the family for 59 years. It is owned today by Charlotte Cohen, who purchased the house in 2014.
  • Sutherland House 112 Colonial Drive (1940) This stately colonial was built between 1939 and 1941 for Benjamin Sutherland, Assistant Division Manager of Armour Fertilizer Works, and his wife Lillie Belle Wells. Later, the house was a proposal gift from David Nieves to his then-girlfriend, Lisa, in December of 2016. They were married in the front yard in 2017 and own the home today.

Map of our Homes:





To see some of last year’s fun, check out our Home Tour pictures HERE and HERE!






Proceeds from the Azalea Festival Home Tour support Historic Wilmington Foundation and its efforts to preserve and protect the irreplaceable historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region.


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