HISTORIC HOME TOUR: Frederick Willetts House


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With a cemetery next door, the Frederick Willetts House tends to be quieter than most in the neighborhood.

That’s one reason the homeowners bought 219 N. 18th Street in Wilmington.

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The other reason? The double lot, and back yard.

Built in 1925, this Dutch Colonial Revival features new additions like a covered porch, and updated kitchen while maintaining its old charm.

The homeowners said they were not expecting to get a call from the Azalea Festival Home Tour organizers.

“We were a little surprised because it’s not unique. It’s not a unique property, and it certainly doesn’t compare with the old Victorians that are downtown, but anyway, we were very pleased,” said Alexandra Dorr, one of the homeowners.

Dorr and Ed Ablard said they used the Historic Home Tax Credit to do the renovations. They said they think that’s one reason organizers chose their house for the Azalea Festival Home Tour, which runs Saturday and Sunday.