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Home Tour: Jarman House

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Built in 1910, the Jarman House on Princess Street was owned by prominent pharmacist John Jarman. In this year's Azalea Festival Home Tour, participants will get a look at the rich history and character of the home.

The unique craftsman style and southern charm of the Jarman House is what attracted New England natives Norm and Betsy Riviere.

"When we moved here we knew that we wanted to be in the historic district downtown, and this house was the one for us," Betsy said.

The Jarman House was built in 1910 for John Franklin and Sallie Jarman. John was a prominent pharmacist and owned Jarman's Pharmacy on Market Street. Tragically one day, when he was leaving work Jarman was struck and killed by a car. His funeral was held at the home. Betsy hopes to honor his history by keeping the house in its original form.

"We still have the original windows," she said. "We have old wiring. We still have some of the original wiring. Just the handiwork, I think the cornices, the woodwork, the glass, some of the old glass. You just have a feel of the history of this house. "

The home has even seen the bright lights of Hollywood.

"The film 'Shadrack' was filmed here in 1998," Betsy said. "They used the interior of the house. It's a movie from a short story by William Styron. One of his daughters was the director. It was released in 1998, and we've seen pictures of how they made it look so it would be, the film took place in the '30s."

The Jarman House has certainly made its mark in Wilmington history. Now Betsy hopes to write her family's story in the home.

"We have seven grandsons, and they've all been here, and we are building that kind of a family history here in Grandma and Grandpa's home," she said.

The Home Tour runs Saturday 1-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, but there's a discount if you order them online by Tuesday.

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