|Back Door Kitchen Tour|
“I can't remember enjoying something as much as that  Back Door Kitchen tour. You guys did a great job - I loved having docents at the houses to give a little history of the home. I have talked it up to as many people as I can think of and hope I can get lots of other folks going next year.”
2014 BDKT Tour Featuress Nine Kitchens, a garden and Honors "Miss Dolly"
Plans are in full swing for the 2014 Back Door Kitchen Tour. So mark your calendar and save the date for October 11, 2014, 11 am to 5 pm. Nine unique kitchens in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC will be featured along with a few extra surprises for a day of terrific friend-raising!
This year our Back Door Kitchen Tour is dedicated to the memory of Miss Dolly Humphrey Pearson (1912 - 2014), our friend, neighbor and gardener extraordinaire. Miss Dolly’s fondness for Historic Downtown Wilmington and ROW will be celebrated by the gracious invitations into the kitchens of nine of our members.
Each Ticket Holder will come “through the backdoor” as welcomed guests in true Southern Hospitality. The tour is conducted rain or shine and is easily accessible by a free trolley service between homes.
The Backdoor Kitchen Tour is the only fund-raiser for the non-profit neighborhood association - Residents of Old Wilmington or ROW. All proceeds go to back into our community for the beautification, restoration, improvement and community-based grants for all visitors to Downtown Wilmington to enjoy. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a memorable day for all. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back Door Kitchen Tour tickets are available at select area retail outlets and at the homes on the day of the tour. Online ticket sales stopped at noon Friday October 10. Visit these retailers:
Here are the the homes on the tour. You can purchase tickets at these homes or, if you ordered online, you can pick up your tickets at any of the homes or the Bellamy Mansion.
About the tour:
ROW's annual Back Door Kitchen Tour opens the kitchens of nine beautiful historic homes to visitors. See the kitchens and admire their unique combinations of beauty, functionality and adaptability. You might even see something you want to add to your kitchen.
Proceeds from the tour go to fund grants for Wilmington nonprofits. Most famously, ROW purchased the statue of the Venus Flytrap that sits at the foot of Market Street. It's Southern Hospitality by Paul Hill.
You can learn more about ROW's donations and grants at THIS PAGE.
The 2014 tour features these nine beautiful homes, one garden and a right-of-way garden (not pictured). The kitchens are open from 11 am to 5 pm.
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2013 Back Door Kitchen Tour In The News:
ROW member Phillis Thompson wrote a wonderful piece about the tour. It does a wonderful job of explaining why we love living in this neighborhood. You can read her essay HERE. It is timeless.
WWAY's Randy Aldridge interviewd Mindy Heu and Paul Lawler about the tour. You can see the interview HERE.
Ben Steelman of the Star News wrote a great profile of the homes on the 2013 tour. You can read it Steelman writeup.
WHQR personality Jemila Ericson interview homeowner Alicia Ross and BDKT Tour Chair Paul Lawler. You can listen to her interview at WHQR Interview.
ROW had a grand event at Crescent Moom unveiling the 2013 art. WWAY TV covered the event and you can see their 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 thanks these businesses when you see them.