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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Fanning House is more than 150 old, but it has a new look and is home to a young family.

The scene of this year’s Historic Home Tour Ribbon Cutting is a work in progress and a course study for anyone who thinks they might want to take on a project of historic proportions.

The Fanning House at 206 Orange Street in Wilmington was built in the mid 1800s. It is also home to the Camacho family, and Dan Camacho knows the home’s history like a book.

“The house was built between 1848 and 1852 by Finious Fanning,” Camacho said. “He came from Nantucket, and he has relations to the Coffins and Folders… famous Nantucket sailing families. They were on the Essex, a famous sailing ship that was rammed by a whale and is the basis for Moby Dick.'”

The home has quite a history and is an ongoing project combining old archetecture with new construction. It is an art and a project the Camachos embrace.

The home is just that. It is a family home for Dan and Lori and their children.

The home is a beautiful southern place that would not be complete without the gardens. In fact the Fanning House was on the Azalea Garden Tour, and they are great, from lawns and plantings to palms by the pool, with decks and sunrooms to tie them to the house. It is a peaceful, natural site right in the the city.

But if you are thinking about taking on an older home there are somethings you should be prepared for.

“We thought about restoring and trying to save it,” Camacho said. “When we tore it down, what we found out was… we know it had thick paneling on the walls, but we didn’t realize that was all that was holding it up, because the studs on the inside had been completely eaten out by termites. So all it was was paneling holding the house up.”

While there are many challenges, they can be worth it. Just make sure you have plenty of energy, patience, skill and money. Dan tells us which one you will need most.

“Probably money,” he said.

The ribbon cutting will be at the Fanning House Satuday after the Azalea Festival Parade.

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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