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Owners of ten of downtown Wilmington’s most historic and unique homes will open their doors to the public this weekend as part of the Historic Wilmington Foundation's Annual Home Tour. Lynne Boney and her husband have lived in their South Front Street home for 23 years. During that time, they've spent countless hours restoring it. “Looking back, you can honestly say that we really bought a shell of a house." The house was built around 1890 and the walls hold precious history, especially in the unique double parlor. "I saw in the plaster, written in beautiful handwriting on the plaster walls in pencil, Caroline’s wedding and it was a date like October 1914 or something,” Lynne said. She said her kitchen, as well as the well-lighted open space, are her favorite parts of her beloved home. Not far from the Boney's home is the Spetrino's house on Church Street. Although built in 2007, it's praised for being a charming addition to the historic neighborhood. "I can't imagine, not only as a builder, but as a homeowner, a greater compliment than having our very important and well defined Historic Wilmington Foundation considering our home as being part of history,” said David Spetrino. David Spetrino said he and his family enjoy the family room and kitchen, but his favorite part of his house is outside. “We spend a lot of time on the porch, it's a great relaxing comfortable feeling,” David said. All of the homes on the tour offer their own unique qualities visitors will be able to enjoy. The historic home tour is Saturday and Sunday.

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