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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 12:35 PM

NC: New Walking Tour Will Highlight 'Streetcar Suburbs'

NC: New Walking Tour Will Highlight 'Streetcar Suburbs'

Juliane Bullard
Source: Star-News
Created: January 28, 2013

Wilmington residents and visitors will soon be able to travel to a time when streetcars covered downtown's landscape transporting residents from the close-by "suburbs" to their jobs on the railroad.

This spring the Historic Wilmington Foundation plans to launch a new "Streetcar Suburbs" walking tour which will explore the city's Carolina Heights and Carolina Place neighborhoods.

"The tour sprung from our desire to teach adults about a very historic district in Wilmington," said George Edwards, the foundation's executive director. "We wanted to create a fundraising effort and also stick to our mission statement of preservation and education."

As with the Azaela Festival walking tour of historic downtown houses, the Streetcar Suburbs tour will take participants into the houses of some residents, showcasing the historic restorations and architecture of them, and discussing each house's personal history. The volunteer guides will start groups off at the corner of 17th and Market streets and move toward Perry Avenue, pointing out historic structures along the way, including Kenan House, the official residence of the chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/10859643/nc-new-walking-tour-will-highlight-streetcar-suburbs

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