The Latimer House of Wilmington, NC Seeking Latimer House Docents

Latimer House Wilmington, NC

The Latimer House, built in 1852 by Zebulon Latimer, has housed the Historical Society since 1963 and is open to the public as an historic house 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 evokes memories of a highly elegant era.

The house, built in the popular Italianate style, was designed to be symmetrical with a central hallway on each floor opening onto identical layouts to 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, initially was a gasolier operated by coal gas. The house was later 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.

If you are looking for a charming and unique place for your meeting, luncheon, or party, then search no further than the Latimer House! Our Victorian inspired garden is the perfect place for your special photography session or to hone your artistic talents. The tearoom can accommodate your guests in a historic atmosphere. These spots are available seven days a week but reservations are required. Certain restrictions and fees apply. All funds go to support the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. Call 910-762-0492 for more information or e-mail us at

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.

The Latimer House, a 501c(3) non-profitorganization, is seeking adult volunteers interested in becoming “Latimer House Docents.”

Please join us for a wine and cheese reception on Sunday, November 1 from 3 to 5 pm.

Tour the house and learn about becoming a Latimer House Docent.

126 South Third Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

(Unlimited parking on South Third Street)

Questions?  Call Martie Rice, Volunteer Coordinator  – 910-599-4078