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Back Door Kitchen Tour

2016 Back Door Kitchen Tour is Saturday, October 15, 2016
Mark your calendar and tell your friends.  This is the 11th anniversary of ROW's very successful and much loved annual Back Door Kitchen tour. A very special Tour is planned. Please join us.  
Ticket holders will visit nine homes in Wilmington's downtown Historic Districts. (The 9 Tour homes are listed below). The 2016 Tour includes:  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 houses will be open to ticket holders on October 15 from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M., rain or shine.  The Tour is walkable; all the Tour houses are 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 what is sure to be a memorable day. If you have questions, please contact us at bdkt@rowilmington.org.
2016 Tour Tickets:
Back Door Kitchen Tour tickets are $30 the day of the Tour.  Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the Tour at any of the nine Tour homes and the Bellamy Mansion (503 Market Street). Tickets purchased in advance online may be picked up the day of the Tour at the ROW ticket table at the Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market Street. Please bring your PayPal receipt. In addition, please note that the PayPal account for online purchases will not be available after 6 p.m. October 14, the day before the Tour. 
Individual tickets may be purchased in advance at these local retailers: 
  • Harris Teeter Stores in the Greater Wilmington, NC area (after Sept. 21)
  • Finkelstein’s, Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC
  • Live Oak Bank, Brunswick County, NC
  • Ivy Cottage, Wilmington, NC
Credit card purchases on the day of the Tour may be made at Finkelstein's (at the corner of Market and Front Streets, Historic Downtown Wilmington) or at participating Harris Teeter stores. Credit card purchases cannot be processed at either the Bellamy the Tour homes.   
A discounted ticket price of $20 per person also is available for groups of 10 or more. Group tickets must be purchased in advance, prior to the Tour day (October 15), and are available through ROW Board Member Paul Mason, at pfmason555@gmail.com, or 910-772-1502.  Group tickets may be picked up the day of the Tour at the ROW ticket table at the Bellamy Mansion (503 market Street). 
The 2016 Tour Homes
Here are the nine beautiful and very special homes on the 2016 Tour:  
  • 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 thanks these businesses when you see them.  
Plantation Builders
Unique Perspective Window Coverings
Markraft Cabinets
Kitchen & Bath Galleries
Hollingsworth Cabinetry
Bill Heinberg Insurance Agency
Special Wood www.specialwood.com 910.675.1000
Atlantic Appliance www.atlanticappliance.net  
Addis Construction  
Carolina Estate Planners    
Element Outdoor Living    
A Proper Garden 910.763.7177
Bloomers Floral Designs www.bloomerswilmington.com 910.815.8585
Crescent Moon www.crescentmoonnc.com 910.762.4207
Finklestein's Music & Fine Jewelry www.finkelsteins.com 910.617.6508
Julie and Warren Arts, LLC www.julieandwarrenarts.com 857.204.0872
Karen Johnson Interiors   910.352.0779
Le Catalan French Cafe & Wine www.lecatalan.com 910.409.5523
Manifest Designs   910.515.1333
Network Real Estate www.jimbitto.com 910.233.0659
Polka Dotted Flamingo www.polka-dottedflamingo.com 919.215.9773
The Fortunate Glass www.fortunateglasswinebar.com 910.399.4292
The George On The Riverwalk www.thegeorgerestaurant.com 910.763.2052
Wintersun Fashions 540.239.7821
A Christmas Shoppe    
A Second Time Around    
Bankson Personal Property Appraisals    
C.W. Worth House www.worthhouse.com 910.762.8562
Cable-Carol Anderson   919.522.8421
Carolina Country Store    
Coastal Vibe   910.262.1533
Cobblestone Cafe
Debby Gomulka Designs, LLC www.debbygomulkadesigns.com 910.352.7339
Duke Ladd Music www.dukeladdmusic.com 910.262.1946
`1q.q   910.833.6641
Front Street Brewery   910.251.1935
Harris Teeter    
Wilmington Water Tours www.wilmingtonwatertours.net 910.632.4095
Wilmington Wine www.wilmingtonwineshop.com 910.233.2274