Meander throughout charming downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, while exploring four centuries of the city’s history.

Walking tours discuss Wilmington’s history from the city’s founding in the early 1700s until the modern historic preservation movement. Topics include piracy, war, architecture, and minorities’ experiences. Your guide will narrate Wilmington’s history with unmatched clarity and succinctness.

Travis Gilbert is the historian at Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum of History on Bald Head Island, North Carolina. Gilbert received a Bachelors of Arts in History from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and is a former manager of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. He is a trustee of Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

Walking tours begin and conclude at the intersection of Market and Water Streets in downtown Wilmington along the city’s famed River Walk. Downtown features many parking garages and metered lots for your convenience. The walking tour lasts approximately one hour and traverses one mile.

Walking Tours are offered a variety of evenings beginning at 7pm and concluding at 8pm. Please click here to access a calendar of current tour offerings. Private group tours may be scheduled by contacting Travis Gilbert at