Tar Heels Go Walking

Teaching our future about the past

Teaching Our Future The Value of Our Past

For more than 10 years, HWF has partnered with New Hanover County Public Schools for Tar Heels Go Walking, an educational walking tour for third graders. We are eager to relaunch the program, starting in September 2021!

Each year, Historic Wilmington Foundation volunteers lead thousands of students through a tour of our city’s most renowned sites, instilling a love of history and a deep curiosity to explore the world around them.

The Beginning of a Lifelong Adventure

During the Tar Heels Go Walking tour, children learn about the history of downtown Wilmington as they are guided past significant structures such as Thalian Hall, City Hall and the New Hanover County Public Library.

Tar Heels Go Walking introduces the next generation to the concept of historic spaces and engages them in the mission of preserving our built environment—everything that connects us to the past and paves the way to our collective future.

Interested in volunteering as a tour guide for Tar Heels Go Walking?

If you’re interested in volunteering as a THGW tour guide, please contact Blair Middleton by calling 910.762.2511 or emailing middleton@historicwilmington.org.

Click on the images (below) to view drawings made by students from Friends School of Wilmington after going on a Tar Heels Go Walking tour!

Click on the images (below) to read some notes from a class of third graders who went on our Tar Heels Go Walking tour!