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Home Tour gives people a chance to peek inside history

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington is rich with history, and much of it in the form of homes downtown.

The Azalea Festival Historic Home Tour's goal is to showcase that history. The tour's ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Fanning House on Second and Orange in Downtown Wilmington Saturday.

WWAY’s own Cacky Catlett, Chris Phillips and George Elliott helped New Hanover County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and the homeowners kick things off.

Historic Wilmington Foundation Executive Director George Edwards said it's a chance to peak inside the homes many have only dreamed of seeing.

"You've got wonderful, gracious and inviting homeowners who share their house," Edwards said. "They really do share their house, and many of the houses are completely open. It's a chance to go in and experience the house and the warmth of someone's personal style."

The Historic Home Tour is 20 years old; much younger than the homes that are part of it. This year, it included nine houses, ranging from small cottages to large homes, and a church representing 150 years of architectural history in the city.

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