Saturday, December 2nd 

4pm - 8pm

Sunday, December 3rd

1pm - 5pm

Carolers and luminaries guide your way through Wilmington's oak-canopied neighborhoods during the Lower Cape  Fear Historical Society's 43rd Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour. Meander through the parlors and gardens of the 1852 Latimer House Museum, headquarters of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society since 1963. Learn about Victorian Christmases and witness the beauty of the Latimer House decked in holiday flora. ten private homes and three houses of worship in downtown Wilmington, the trolly suburb of Carolina Heights, and the historic Country Club Pines neighborhood are opened to the public. Join the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society for this staple of Wilmington's holiday season and to continue our organization's mission of disseminating knowledge of the region's rich historical significance.

Old Wilmington

Latimer House Museum - 126 South Third Street

McClammy-Powell House - 421 South Front Street

The Verandas/Beery House - 202 Nun Street

Winstead House - 415 Dock Street

Dennis Hopper Loft - 20 Wright Alley

Durham/Davis House - 322 South Fifth Avenue

First Presbyterian Church - 125 South Third Street

Temple of Israel - 1 South Fourth Street

Basilica Shrine of St. Mary - 412 Ann Street

Carolina Heights

Brunelle House - 405 North Fifteenth Street

Bunting/Hollman House - 404 North Fifteenth Street

Country Club Pines

Shuford House - 2602 Oleander Drive

Martin House - 1506 Magnolia Place

Purchase Your Tickets!

Tickets may be purchased online via PayPal and will be available for pick-up at the will call table during the tour at the Latimer House Museum.

Additionally, tickets may be purchased at Wilmington-area Harris Teeter stores for $38 using your VIC Card or at Ivy Cottage, located at 3020 Market Street in Wilmington.

All proceeds benefit the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society's continued preservation of the Latimer House as a museum interpreting life in Wilmington during the Victorian Era and as a local history archives.

43rd Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour
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Planning Your Tour

Things to Know


The tour requires driving and parking in three historic Wilmington neighborhoods:

Downtown: Park in the First Presbyterian Church Parking Lot at 125 South Third Street

Carolina Heights: Street parking in the 500 block of North Fifteenth Street

Country Club Pines: Street parking along Magnolia Place

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Once parked in each of the three historic neighborhoods, the tour sites are within a few blocks. Unfortunately, the tour is not handicap accessable. 


Photography is only permissible in the Latimer House Museum. Photography inside the private homes is prohibited.  


The time required to complete the tour varies between individuals and their physical abilities. 

Contact Us


126 South Third Street

Wilmington, NC 28401


(910) 762-0492

[email protected]


Mon-Sat: 10am - 3pm
Sun: Closed


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