photograph by Emily Chaplin and Chris Council


Historic Bath Garden Club Homes Tour • Bath

Visit North Carolina’s oldest incorporated town and first port city for a tour of beautiful residences and rich history. Held every three years, the next tour is in 2020.

Learn more: (252) 964-3441

Chapel Hill Garden Tour • Chapel Hill

This biennial tour opens manicured private gardens to the public. Proceeds support the North Carolina Botanical Garden as well as The Chapel Hill Garden Club’s many service projects.

Learn more: (919) 929-3060 or

Charlotte Garden Club Art in the Garden Tour • Charlotte

Explore gardens and watch as artists paint “en plein air,” a style of painting characterized by the capture of natural light and atmosphere.

Learn more: (704) 620-4202 or

Edenton Pilgrimage of Historic Homes • Edenton

Tour seven buildings, most of which are more than 100 years old, as well as private homes and plantations during this celebration of Southern history, architecture, gardens, and food.

Learn more: (252) 482-7800 or

Easels in the Gardens Tour • Edenton

Held at the historic Cupola House, this celebration of artwork and beautiful gardens is a great event for art and garden lovers of any age. Enjoy workshops, food, and music. Held biennially, the next tour is in 2018.

Learn more: (336) 406-1896 or

Franklin County Historic Homes and Gardens Tour • Louisburg

In addition to homes and gardens, enjoy special historical presentations. Held biennially, the next tour will be in 2019.

Learn more: (919) 495-1742 or

Historic Homes and Gardens Tour • New Bern

Take a self-guided tour of historic homes in the downtown district. The tour, which has been held since the 1960s, will return in 2019.

Learn more: (252) 638-8558 or

Oakwood Garden Club Annual Garden Tour and Victorian Tea • Raleigh

Celebrate spring in style with a tea party and a walking tour of private gardens in the historic Oakwood neighborhood.

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Southern Pines Garden Club Home and Garden Tour • Southern Pines

This annual tour explores six historic homes and gardens. Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for local horticultural students and preservation projects.

Learn more: (910) 690-1440 or

Historic Homes Tour • Swansboro

Listen to stories of the past while enjoying a walking tour of the historic homes of Swansboro, plus entertainment and food.

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Washington Area Historic Foundation Spring Tour of Homes and Gardens • Washington

Take a self-guided tour of downtown’s historic homes and gardens. Proceeds from the event will go toward community development.

Learn more: (800) 546-0162

NC Azalea Festival Home Tour • Wilmington

See historic houses, listen to speakers, and enjoy the beautiful azaleas on one of the most popular garden tours in the South.

Learn more: (910) 794-4650 or

Junior League of Winston-Salem Tour of Fine Spaces • Winston-Salem

Get inspired by the gorgeous renovations and decorations of interior designers, architects, builders, and more. Tour historic homes that have been newly renovated and revamped.

Learn more: (336) 722-9681 or


Friends of the Fourth Ward’s Secret Gardens Tour • Charlotte

Explore the city’s hidden gems, including private gardens, courtyards, and outdoor living spaces.

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Plaza Midwood Home and Garden Tour • Charlotte

Follow a bike tour around Charlotte to view remarkable homes and gardens in a unique, eco-friendly way.

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Gardener’s Garden Tour • Charlotte

Visit private gardens created by homeowners, and enjoy live music at Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary during this annual tour, which celebrates the kindred spirit between gardeners and benefits the Wing Haven Foundation.

Learn more: (704) 331-0664 or

Preservation Greensboro’s Annual Historic Homes and Gardens Tour • Greensboro

Part of National Historic Preservation Month and held in different neighborhoods each year, in 2018 this tour will feature a selection of homes in the Lindley Park neighborhood. It will highlight early 20th-century architecture.

Learn more: (336) 272-5003 or

Romance of the Home and Garden Tour • Hickory

Proceeds from this tour, which features a selection of historic properties and gardens, benefit the Hickory Landmarks Society.

Learn more: (828) 322-4731 or

Hillsborough Garden Tour • Hillsborough

Take a self-guided tour of the private and public gardens of historic Hillsborough and the surrounding county. Browse art, attend a plant sale, and enjoy other activities throughout the day. This biennial tour returns in 2019.

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Hidden Gardens of Asheville • Asheville

Learn about unique plants on this self-guided tour of six private gardens. Hosted by Buncombe County Extension Master Gardeners, the next tour is scheduled for 2019.

Learn more: (828) 255-5522 or

Old Homes and Gardens Tour, Beaufort Historic Site • Beaufort

Take a walking tour of historic Beaufort homes, gardens, and churches, as well as the Old Burying Ground and the surrounding area. Enjoy a narrated bus tour and an antique car show.

Learn more: (252) 728-5225 or

Davidson County Master Gardener Garden Tour • Davidson County

At this annual event, hosted by the Davidson County Extension Master Gardener volunteers, tour private homes and gardens around Davidson County.

Learn more: (336) 242-2080 or

Pollinator Garden Tour • Durham

See Durham’s finest pollinator gardens and learn the roles that birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs play in pollinating our plants.

Learn more: (919) 354-2729 or

Historic Saluda Tour of Homes • Saluda

The Historic Saluda Committee sponsors this annual biennial walking tour of several historic homes and other locations as a fund-raiser for preservation projects. The next tour is in 2019.

Learn more: (828) 749-2581 or


St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church Tour of Homes • Blowing Rock

All of the proceeds of this fund-raiser are donated to charitable organizations in the local community.

Learn more: (828) 295-7323 or

Joy Garden Tour • Cashiers

Listen to a guest speaker, browse garden shops, and spend the day touring stunning private gardens on this biennial tour, which will return in 2019.

Learn more: (828) 743-3434 or


West Asheville Garden Stroll • Asheville

Explore the neighborhoods and gardens of West Asheville on this self-guided tour.

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Dilworth Home Tour • Charlotte

Visit some of Charlotte’s most beautiful historic homes during the city’s oldest home tour.

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“Mad About Modern” Midcentury Modern Home Tour • Charlotte

Celebrate the mid-century modern homes of Charlotte at this event hosted by The Charlotte Museum of History.

Learn more: (704) 568-1774 or


OctoberTour • Salisbury

See historic homes and enjoy food, wine, and other activities during this fall tour hosted by Historic Salisbury Foundation.

Learn more: (704) 636-0103 or


Union Symphony Holiday Home Tour • Monroe

Get a head start on holiday decor inspiration when you visit festively decorated homes on this biennial tour, which will return in 2019.

Learn more: (704) 283-2525 or


Montford Holiday Tour of Homes • Asheville

Asheville’s most historic neighborhood is filled with eclectic architecture, history, and, during this annual tour, holiday cheer. Proceeds benefit youth programs at Montford Recreation Center and the Montford Music and Arts Festival.

Learn more: (828) 505-8242 or

Christmas by Candlelight • Durham

Costumed interpreters will lead you on a candlelight tour of Duke Homestead, all dressed up for an 1870s Christmas.

Learn more: (919) 627-6990 or

Christmas Candlelight Tour • Edenton

Visit historic homes and buildings decorated for the season, carol in the 1767 courthouse, and take carriage rides throughout the weekend.

Learn more: (252) 482-7800

St. Paul’s Homes Tour and Christmas Bazaar • Greenville

Tour seven beautifully decorated homes, enter a raffle, and take part in a Christmas bazaar during this event.

Learn more: (252) 752-3482 or

Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour • Raleigh

During this holiday tradition, a dozen properties — from grand, 130-year-old Victorian homes to quaint bungalows — will be open to the public.

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Episcopal Day School Candlelight Tour of Homes • Southern Pines

Celebrate the holiday season with a tour of beautifully decorated homes in the Sandhills. Proceeds will support Episcopal Day School.

Learn more: (910) 692-3492 or

Christmas Tour of Homes • Southport

Spend time in several beautifully decorated historic homes during this tour in downtown Southport.

Learn more: (910) 457-7927 or

Christmas Historic Home Tour • Wake Forest

See visions of Christmas past when you tour historic homes decorated for the holiday season. Hosted by the Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Women’s Club, this biennial event will be held in 2018.

Learn more: (919) 435-9516 or

Holiday Tour of Homes • Washington

This self-guided tour lets visitors explore a variety of Washington homes, as well as the historic Turnage Theatre.

Learn more: (252) 946-2504 or

Christmas Home Tour • Wendell

Take this annual self-guided tour of historic downtown homes, all dressed up for Christmas.

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Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour • Wilmington

Usher in the holiday season with a tour of private homes, houses of worship, and historic sites downtown. This event benefits the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.

Learn more: (910) 762-0492 or

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