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Home Tour: Louis T. Moore House

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Among the many events you can enjoy this weekend during the Azalea Festival is the Historic Home Tour.

A coastal shingle home was designed to make living in this area comfortable 100 years ago. The Louis T. Moore House is a fine example, and its owner offers fine southern hospitality to welcome every guest, even the smallest ones.

"This home is a coastal shingle home, which was one of the first truly American architectural styles, which is what makes this one so special," owner Roxann Lansdowne said. "The whole object of this architectural style is to bring the outside in. The formal dining room was actually Louis T. Moore's office and his little den. I made it into a formal dining room. It's a smaller room. Lots of architectural accents were kept; changed slightly, but kept. The major, the huge, huge dining room is 28 feet long that nobody is using, I made into a family room.

With Easter coming up, Lansdowne plans a special event for kids.

"We want to tell a story here, and the story is bringing the outside in," she said. "It's spring. It's gorgeous. What happens in spring You plant flowers, you have Easter, you decorate, you have teas, so all of that will be going on, and this will be a working kitchen. We'll be baking cookies, Easter cookies. We'll be decorating them. We'll be dying eggs. And any of the children that come through will be able to decorate their own cookies and choose their eggs as they leave."

The Louis T. Moore House is at 121 S. 5th Ave.

The Home Tour runs Saturday 1-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information visit http://www.historicwilmington.org/.

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