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Back Door Kitchen Tour

 2016 Back Door Kitchen Tour Was Saturday, October 15, 2016
ROW's 11th annual Back Door Kitchen tour was a great success.  Over 500 ticket holders enjoyed the Tour.  ROW is very thankful for the hard work of all the many volunteers who made this happen, including and especially BDKT Chair Ginger Garrard,  Volunteer Captain Gail Massey, Publicity Captain Alicia Ross, Treasurer Denis McGarry, Carole Osman Refreshments Captain, Poster and Retail Outlet Captains Tom and Karen Behm, Group Ticket Captain Paul Mason, Beverly Grasley, and all the Steering and Refreshments Committee Members. Over a hundred volunteers work on the Tour, way too many to list, but we thank you all! We also thank the Tour homeowners, Sponsors and Friends.    
Ticket holders visited nine homes in Wilmington's downtown Historic Districts. (The 9 Tour homes are listed below). The 2016 Tour included:  a beautiful Front Street mansion with stunning Cape Fear River views, two remodeled Castle Street bungalows, a hidden gem artist's retreat, and two elegant examples of recent construction that blend into the historic neighborhood. Each of the nine tour homes has a unique history and a special kitchen designed for that home.  The oldest was built in 1845, the newest in 2006. The Tour was walkable; all the Tour houses were within a 6 block radius.       
The Back Door Kitchen Tour is the only fundraiser for Residents of Old Wilmington (ROW), a nonprofit, all volunteer, neighborhood association. Proceeds go to back into our community for beautification, preservation, restoration, and other improvements, through ROW projects and grants. We hope you will join us for our next Tour in October 2017.  If you have questions, please contact us at bdkt@rowilmington.org.
The 2016 Tour Homes
ROW thanks the homeowners who opened their beautiful and very special homes on the 2016 Tour.  The 2016 Tour homes are as follows:
  • 108 Castle Street, c. 1882   
  • 213 Castle Street, c. 1896 
  • 410 Queen St., c. 1900
  • 10 Church St, c. 2006 
  • 308 South Front St., c. 1855
  • 416 South 2nd St., c. 1895
  • 510 South 3rd St., c. 1913.
  • 311 Cottage Lane, c. 1845
  • 102 South 5th Ave., c. 1999
About the Back Door Kitchen Tour:
ROW's annual Back Door Kitchen Tour opens to visitors the kitchens of nine beautiful Historic District homes. Tour-goers see the kitchens, each with a unique combination of beauty, functionality and adaptability, as well as the gardens and other portions of the ground floors of these historic district homes. You might even see something you want to add to your kitchen.
Paul Lawler (2013 - 15 ROW President) and Ben Stone (2013 ROW Board member) present the 2013 BDKT Art to raffle winner Rachael Carter.  
Proceeds from the BDKT go to fund ROW projects and grants to Wilmington nonprofits.  Most famously, ROW used BDKT proceeds to purchase the statue of the Venus Flytrap by Paul Hill, titled "Southern Hospitality," which sits on the Riverwalk at the foot of Market Street. 
Southern Hospitality is a popular addition to the downtown Riverfront, and a graceful homage to the plant that grows only in this area. 
ROW has donated over $60,000 to area nonprofits thanks to BDKT proceeds.
You may learn more about ROW's donations and grants at THIS PAGE.
Get Tour Updates:
Would you like to receive information from ROW about future historic home tours?  We will let you know if you leave your email with Sign Up For BDKT Updates.  
Back Door Kitchen Tours In The News:
ROW member Phillis Thompson wrote a wonderful piece about the Tour.  It does a great job explaining why we love living in this neighborhood.  You may read her essay HERE.  It is timeless.
WWAY's Randy Aldridge interviewed Mindy Heu and Paul Lawler about the 2013 tour.  You may see the interview HERE.
Ben Steelman of the Star News wrote a great profile of the homes on the 2013 tour.  You may read it Steelman writeup.
WHQR personality Jemila Ericson interview homeowner Alicia Ross (2015 BDKT Chair) and Lawler (2013 ROW President and BDKT Chair).  You may listen to the interview at WHQR Interview.
ROW had a grand event at Crescent Moon unveiling the 2013 BDKT raffle art.  WWAY TV covered the event and you may see its coverage HERE.
Thanks to our Sponsors, Advertisers and Business Friends of ROW
The Tour would not be as successful without the support of the Wilmington business community.  Please see the Back Door Kitchen Tour News page on this site for the list of 2016 Tour Sponsors and Friends.