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Back Door Kitchen Tour

The 2017 Back Door Kitchen Tour was Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Ticket holders visited nine homes in Wilmington's downtown Historic Districts. (The addresses of the Tour homes are listed below). The 2017 Tour included:  a beautiful Front Street mansion with a stunning Cape Fear River view; Dennis Hopper's former condo; an artist's haven originally designed by legendary architect James Post; and an award-winning newly constructed home that co-exists with its historic neighbors. The oldest was built in 1854, the newest in 2017. The Tour is walkable and an easy-to-follow map included with the ticket. The ROW BDKT ticket includes a brief description of each home.   
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 see something you want to add to your kitchen. Information about the vendors and companies involved in updates are available in many homes.
The 2017 Tour Homes
ROW thanks the homeowners who are opening their beautiful and very special homes on the 2017 Tour:
20 Wright's Alley (Dennis Hopper's loft)
109 S. 5th Avenue                    314 S. Front Street
120 S. 5th Avenue                    315 S. Front Street
608 S. 5th Avenue                    305 Nun Street
115 Castle Street                      507 Orange Street
Discounted Tickets were available in advance Sept. 1 through October 13 ($25):
  • Finkelstein's, Historic Downtown Wilmington, Front & Market Sts.
  • Ivy Cottage, Market Street
  • Harris Teeter Stores in the Greater Wilmington area starting Sept. 21
Tickets could be purchased online with a credit card or a PayPal account via ROW's PayPal link, available when tickets go on sale. Online tickets are picked up at the Bellamy mansion the day of the tour.
Full Price Tickets were available the day of the Tour - Oct. 14 ($30):
  • Cash purchases at the Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market Street
  • Cash purchases at any home on the tour
  • Credit card purchases at Finkelstein's
Proceeds from the Tour
The Back Door Kitchen Tour is the only fundraiser for Residents of Old Wilmington (ROW), a nonprofit, all volunteer, neighborhood association. Proceeds go back into our community for beautification, preservation, restoration, and other improvements through ROW projects and grants.  If you have questions, please contact us at bdkt@rowilmington.org.
Most famously, ROW used BDKT proceeds to purchase the statue of the Venus Flytrap by Paul Hill, titled "Southern Hospitality," located 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.
Learn more about ROW's donations and grants at THIS PAGE.
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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 on the Home Page for the list of 2017 Tour Sponsors.   The Friends are listed below.
IV. Friends of the Tour
Cape Fear Spice Merchants  910-772-2980            
Bellamy Mansion Museum    910-251-3700            
Front Street Brewery           910-251-1935           
Caprice Bistro                     910-815-0810      
Indochine                           910-251-9229       
Historic Wilmington Fdn.     910-762-2511       
Pinpoint                             910-769-2972      
City Club                            910-343-1880      
Pilot House                         910-343-0200      
Finkelstein's                        910-763-7377      
Harris Teeter Stores