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126. S. Third St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 762-0492

This magnificent, Italianate revival home, was constructed in 1852 by prosperous merchant Zebulon Latimer. The stately facade has many architectural details characteristic of mid-19th-century upper-class homes such as cornice brackets, porches with Corinthian columns or elaborate ironwork, and elaborate window pediments. These opulent crowns were added after 1880 by Zebulon's son William in keeping with Victorian styles. The interior is remarkable for its 19th-century furnishings and artwork, many original to the home. Of particular interest is the outbuilding, once a historic urban slave quarters; today a private residence.

What sets the Latimer House apart from most other house museums is the fact that it was continuously lived in for more than a century, until it became headquarters for the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society in 1963. This adds a unique voyeur enticement of a home where the family has just stepped out. The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society is one of the primary sources for local genealogical and historical research. The society's archives are housed at the Latimer House and are available to the public by appointment. Membership is also open, please see website or more on volunteering here.

The Latimer House is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM with guided tours on the hour. The last guided tour is at 3 PM. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students. Twice monthly Saturday Walking Tours occur at 10 am and encompass about 12 blocks of the historic district and last two hours. Walking tours cost $12 and reservations are encouraged.

 

 

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