Guided Architectural Walking Tours

Discover Wilmington and its rich architectural history through our neighborhood guided architectural walking tours. The 2017 tour season runs Saturdays, at 10:00 am,  from June 24 through October 14.

Historic Wilmington Foundation offers two tours.  Each showcases the architectural, social, and cultural history of the neighborhood in which it takes place.  The Streetcar Suburbs tour tells the story of Wilmington’s first two suburbs, Carolina Place and Carolina Heights, which grew around the city’s streetcar route. The Forest Hills tour focuses on Wilmington’s first automobile-oriented suburb which developed in an area originally outside the city’s limits.  These tours bring attention to the special qualities of the neighborhoods and how they contribute to the city’s quality of life.  Architectural styles you’re likely to see include Colonial Revival, American Bungalows, Craftsman Style homes, Tudor Style, Dutch Revival, and Ranch houses.  One tour is offered each weekend on a rotating basis.  Both tours last approximately 1 ¾ hours.

Pre-registration is required.  Call 910-762-2511 or email membership@historicwilmington.org by the preceding Friday at 4:00pm to reserve your spot.  Payment will be collected (cash only) onsite.  Tours will not take place if no registrations have been received or if it is raining.  The cost is $10, $5 for students.

The Forest Hills tour begins at Forest Hills Elementary School, 602 Colonial Drive, and the Streetcar tour begins at Temple Baptist Church, 1801 Market Street.

Watch for a Twilight Tour of each tour this summer.  The Twilight Tours will be during the early evening starting at 6:30 pm and are during the week. Dates for the two Twilight Tours will be announced on our Events Calendar and Facebook Page.

Guided Architectural Walking Tours Schedule

24-Jun Streetcar
1-Jul Forest Hills
8-Jul Streetcar
15-Jul Forest Hills
22-Jul Streetcar
29-Jul Forest Hills
5-Aug Streetcar
12-Aug Forest Hills
19-Aug Streetcar
26-Aug Forest Hills
2-Sep Streetcar
9-Sep Forest Hills
16-Sep Streetcar
23-Sep Forest Hills
30-Sep Streetcar
7-Oct Forest Hills
14-Oct Streetcar