Within walking distance of the inn were located 3 historic homes. I originally intended on maybe seeing only one but once I visited and learned about all the lifestyle and folklore attached to it, I could not stop myself form visiting the other two. I had the morning to spare before I left Wilmington so it seemed fairly good time to be able to do the tours. They do have tour times if you want a guided tour so be sure to keep that in mind and plan accordingly. Luckily I made it in time to pace myself for all three guided tours and that turned out to be good. Its always fascinating, for me, at least, to learn about how people lived and what the social norms and mores were at a certain time. That's just the Sociology major in me getting a kick out of it. I checked out Bellamy Mansion, Burgwin-Wright house and then Latimer house museums - you can get a 3 in 1 ticket at any one location an then just head on over to each house.
Bellamy mansion is a victorian style home with great antebellum architecture. This sis a 10,000 sq ft civil war home built for physician Bellamy, his wife and nine children, and one of the few where you can see the restored slave quarters as well.
The Burgwin-Wright house is more of a 1770s home with Georgian architecture and colonial style gardens. There's many artifacts from the 18th and 19th century and the two level terraced gardens are gorgeous. The website offers a handy timeline of events if you are into history.
The Latimer house meanwhile is more of an example of upper end life in the 50s. It has 14 room and more than 600 historic objects. This is more of an Italian style architecture and design easily noticed by the arches and hallways, and a division between the formal and informal areas of the home.
You can easily walk to all three if you time your guided tours well enough in advance. Its just amazing to listen to stories of lifestyles form an another era altogether!