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Back Door Kitchen Tour

“I can't remember enjoying something as much as that [2013] 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.”
The Date Has Been Set for the 2015 BDKT Tour.  
The date for the 2015 BDKT is Saturday October 10, 2015. Mark your calendar and tell your friends.  Please join us for a great Tour. 
2014 BDKT Tour Features Nine Kitchens, a garden and Honors "Miss Dolly."

The 2014 BDKT Tour was a great success.  ROW honored Miss Dolly Pearson and opened nine unique kitchens and a garden to tour goers. Miss Dolly Humphrey Pearson (1912 - 2014) was 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 bdkt@rowilmington.org.
Tour Tickets:
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: 
  • Harris Teeter Stores in the Greater Wilmington NC area
  • Burgaw Antique Place, Burgaw, NC
  • Cat on a Whisk, Southport, NC
  • Touché, Carolina Beach, NC
  • Wilmington Water Tours, Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC
  • Finkelstein’s, Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC
  • Michael Moore’s Antiques, Historic Castle Street Antique and Arts District, Wilmington, NC
  • Ivy Cottage, Wilmington, NC
  • Taste the Olive, Wilmington, NC
Tiickets are $25 for Adults and $15 for Children under 12.  Online ticket sales will stop at noon on October 10. Ticket sales at the retail locations will continue to October 11, the day of the tour. 
The Homes
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.
  • 111 S. 7th St
  • 113 S. 7th St
  • 300 S. Front St.
  • 503 S. Front St.
  • 312 S. 3rd St.
  • 112 Orange St.
  • 114 Orange St.
  • 201 S. 4th St.
  • 300 S. 4th St.
  • 414 Nun St.
Art Raffle: 
The tour always includes a special piece of art to celebrate the tour.  As this year's tour is dedicated to Dolly Pearson it is appropriate that the art is a giclee of
'Miss Dolly" working in her garden. The art was unveiled at Dan Beck's gallery and covered by WWAY as seen in this piece by Chief Metereologist Scott Dean.  The art is awarded in a raffle which will be held October 11, 5 pm at 312 S. Front Street.

Raffle Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. View art and purchase tickets at Every Good Thing Artisan Gallery, 603 Castle Street, Wilmington August 23 through October 10, 2014.  Tickets may also be purchased during the tour.
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.
 ROW President Paul Lawler presents the ROW Art to raffle winner      Rachael Carter.   Holding Rachael's winning ticket is board member,  and raffle ticket salesman, Ben Stone.
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.
Southern Hospitality, the venus flytrap sculpture, at the foot of Market St. in  Downtown Wilmington was purchased by ROW with Back Door  Kitchen Tour funds  and donated to the City.  It is a very popular feature with its grace and  homage the plant that grows only in this area.  ROW has donated over $60,000 to area nonprofits thanks to BDKT proceeds.
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.
McEachern-Divine House
DeCover-Nathan House
Neuwirth Garden
The Brickhouse Cottage
McKay Green House
Benshoff-Kirschke & Nieves Homes
Horace P. Munson House
Carr-Martin Home
The Ward Home
Get Tour Updates:
Would you like to have ROW let you know about future historic home tours?  We'll let you know if you leave your email with Sign Up For BDKT Updates.  
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.  
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 Jewelery 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