The Latimer House, built in 1852 by local merchant Zebulon Latimer, has housed the Historical Society since 1963 and is currently open to the public as a house museum exemplary of upper-class life in Wilmington during the Victorian period. With 14 rooms containing over 600 historic objects (including
furniture, jewelry, ephemera, tableware, tools, and more), the Latimer House lets you step back in time to a more elegant era. The house museum is not handicapped accessible.
The house, built in the popular Italianate style, was designed to be symmetrical, with a central hallway on each floor opening onto an identical layout on either side. On the first floor, the hallway divides the formal sitting and dining areas on the north side — used for entertaining and special occasions — from the less formal sitting rooms to the south.
Shown here is the south front sitting room overlooking Third Street. The coal-burning fireplace, like all the fireplaces on the first floor, is solid marble. The chandelier, original to the house, originally burned gas; it was converted to electricity by William Latimer, Zebulon's son. The window, which reaches all the way to the floor, can double as a doorway out onto the side porch.
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The Latimer House gardens, enclosed in original stucco and lace-brick walls, overlook historic downtown Wilmington, and have been planted largely with flora authentic to the period.
Here, our garden volunteers clean up the area surrounding our fountain, which originally stood in the Third Street median.
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Tickets to tour the Latimer House may be purchased online.
Guided tours of the Latimer House interpreted by our trained docents are available for $10.00 per person. Children may tour the home for $5.00. Members are welcome free of charge. The Latimer House is located at the corner of Third and Orange Streets in downtown Wilmington. Tickets for all three house museums in Wilmington—the Latimer House, the Bellamy Mansion, and the Burgwin-Wright House—are available for $24.00 from any of the museums. The Latimer House is not handicapped accessible.
The house is open for tours Monday through Saturday. Monday through Friday tours are at 11:00 a.m.and 1:00 p.m. Saturday, tours are given from 10:00am until 3:00pm.
Walk and Talk Tours
Join us for an interactive guided tour though Wilmington's colorful history- reservation required. A trained guide will lead you to an enchanting 1 1/2 hour tour of Historic Wilmington. Tours leave from the Latimer House front porch, 126 S. 3rd Street Saturday at 10 am. Groups Rates available. Private tours can be arranged on other days. Cost is $10 per person.
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