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Azalea Festival Home Tour 2015

This year’s Azalea Festival Home Tour will showcase the wide variety of architectural styles found in Wilmington. Nine inviting historic homes and one historic church will welcome ticket holders April 11 and 12, and span 170 years of Wilmington’s history and architecture.

The homes on tour this year cover many examples of classic Wilmington architecture from the Craftsman Bungalow to a Greek Revival cottage, from a Foursquare style to an English Cotswold Cottage. The Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary provides an exquisite example of Spanish Baroque style. The tour will also feature a Brookwood neighborhood Home on the Tour. Brookwood was announced as Wilmington’s eighth National Register District in December. The tours will be from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday (The Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary is open on Saturday, April 11th from 1PM to 5PM and Sunday, April 12th from 2PM to 5PM).

Proceeds support the Historic Wilmington Foundation, a private nonprofit organization that has helped preserve more than 100 historic properties since in 1966.

Tickets are available at the Azalea Festival Office, 5725 Oleander Dr., as well as at the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s office at 2011 Market St. (the office is located just inside the gate of the Wilmington National Cemetery). Foundation members can buy tickets from the office for $15 through April 9th.

Online ticketing is now closed.

However you can still purchase tickets at Maran Home, The Ivy Cottage, Crabby Chic, The Transplanted Garden, Occasions, Cape Fear Antiques, A Proper Garden, Gravity Records, Wild by Nature in Southport and all local Harris Teeter stores ($2 off with a VIC card). On the days of the event, they will be available at any house on the tour for $30.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover County Chairman Jonathan Barfield, Jr. with the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles will open the tour at the ribbon cutting ceremony, 12:30PM Saturday, April 11, at the MacRae-Willard House, 520 Orange Street. This beautiful home is described as ‘A Cubical Cottage in the Tuscan Style.’ Built circa 1851 for politician, foreign diplomat and Civil War Veteran, Colonel Duncan K. MacRae. Today it is owned by Landon & Connie Anderson.


To volunteer as a docent or house captain click here or call 762-2511.

To view the homes on tour this year click here.

sponsors jpgBalding Brothers – CGC Restorations – Crabby Chic – Fast Signs – First Bank – Jester’s Café – Karen Johnson Interiors

Mark S. Kennedy, CPA – Market Street Pharmacy – North State Bank – Sandra Miles Dentistry – Stevens Hardware

The Transplanted Garden

Friends of the tour: Pate and Mary Southerland – D.P. Thomas Construction