Walking Tours

Historic District Walking Tour

Saturdays from 10am – 11:30am

Join the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society each Saturday morning at 10am for a walking tour of the downtown historic district. The 1 ½ hour walking tour narrates Wilmington’s history from its founding in 1739 through the historic preservation movement of the 1960s. Themes include Wilmington’s military history, the African-American experience, the Cape Fear River’s impact on the city’s history, and architecture. Photographs taken by famed Wilmington historian Louis T. Moore are shown throughout the tour. The tour begins and concludes at the Latimer House Museum.

Free for LCFHS Members
Adults: $12
AAA Members or Active/Retired Military: $10
Students: $6

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Special Walking Tour Series

Last Saturday of Every Month from 2pm -3:30pm (See Events Calendar for Details)

Join the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society on the last Saturday of each month at 2pm for a special topic walking tour. A new topic will be presented each month. Please visit the events calendar page for details.

Free for LCFHS Members
Adults: $12
AAA Members or Active/Retired Military: $10
Students: $6

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Wilmington in the Civil War

By Appointment Only – Call 910-762-0492 to Schedule

This walking tour explores Wilmington’s role in the American Civil War. The tour begins by describing life in Wilmington on the eve of the Civil War with special consideration given to the enslaved population. Then, the tour meanders along the Cape Fear River describing Wilmington’s role as a blockade running port for the Confederacy and a center for Confederate military hospitals. The tour concludes with a discussion on the Battles of Fort Fisher, the Union military occupation, and the beginnings of Reconstruction. The tour begins and concludes at the Latimer House Museum and is roughly 1 ½ hours.

Free for LCFHS Members
Adults: $12
AAA Members or Active/Retired Military: $10
Students: $6

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Colonial and Revolutionary Wilmington

By Appointment Only – Call 910-762-0492 to Schedule

Wilmington was chartered by the colonial legislature in 1739 and quickly became a commercial and cultural center of colonial North Carolina. This walking tour will explore the growth of Wilmington and its role in the Revolutionary War, including topics such as the 1766 Stamp Act Protest, the 1776 Battle of Moore’s Creek, and the 1781 British occupation of Wilmington. The tour visits each of the three 18th century homes in Wilmington: the Mitchell-Anderson House, Burgwin-Wright House, and Dubois-Boatwright House. The tour begins and concludes at the Latimer House Museum and is roughly 1 ½ hours.

Free for LCFHS Members
Adults: $12
AAA Members or Active/Retired Military: $10
Students: $6

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A Religious History of Wilmington

By Appointment Only – Call 910-762-0492 to Schedule

Wilmington’s rich religious history is explored during this walking tour. The history and architecture of St. James Episcopal Church, Temple of Israel, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary are discussed. Themes include the Episcopalians’ role in the founding of Wilmington, the 19th century evangelicalism of Wilmington, and Wilmington’s Jewish heritage. The tour begins and concludes at the Latimer House Museum and is roughly 1 ½ hours.

Free for LCFHS Members
Adults: $12
AAA Members or Active/Retired Military: $10
Students: $6

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James F. Post’s Wilmington: 1849 – 1899

By Appointment Only – Call 910-762-0492 to Schedule

James F. Post was Wilmington’s premier 19th century architect who made contributions to many of the historic district’s residential and commercial buildings. This walking tour explores the growth of Post’s career, beginning at the Latimer House and Savage House, where Post worked with masons R.B. and J.B. Wood, to the grand residential homes Post helped construct and design along Fifth Avenue, including the Jacob Wessell House and Bellamy Mansion Museum. The tour concludes at Thalian Hall and New Hanover County Courthouse, where Post served as supervising architect. James F. Post’s ledger page corresponding to each tour site is shared. The tour begins and concludes at the Latimer House Museum and is roughly 1 ½ hours.

Free for LCFHS Members
Adults: $12
AAA Members or Active/Retired Military: $10
Students: $6

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