Tour reveals hidden treasures of Fourth Ward

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In the mid-1830s, Uptown Charlotte’s northwest quadrant, Fourth Ward, was a prosperous area that was home to merchants, ministers, physicians and numerous churches. But by the early 1900s, the trolley had expanded beyond Uptown, making nearby suburbs such as Dilworth the neighborhoods of choice, and Fourth Ward entered a period of decline that continued until 1976, when the Junior League undertook a restoration program that fired the imaginations of adventurous urban “pioneers.”

Today, Historic Fourth Ward is a charming community of grand Victorians, luxury condominiums, urban apartments, parks and businesses, as well as cultural, religious and educational activities – all within walking distance of Uptown Charlotte’s business center.

This weekend, May 20-21, you can tour some of the private gardens, courtyards, rooftop terraces and unique outdoor living spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public during the Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward Tour. From noon to 4 p.m. each day, you can explore these hidden gems, while strolling the brick-paved sidewalks of this enchanted neighborhood in full bloom.

In addition to the featured gardens, the tour will highlight public art, historic homes and special points of interest along the tour route.

This walkable, self-guided tour includes admission to a variety of private gardens, as well as docent-led tours of Fourth Ward Park and the historic Elmwood/Pinewood Cemeteries. (Elmwood/Pinewood tours will begin at 3 p.m. each day.)

Additional tour attractions include complimentary food and beverage tastings (while supplies last) in gardens and restaurants along the tour route and free B-Cycle and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Tickets cost $20 and are good for either day. Tickets can be purchased online at fofw.org, or at Alexander Michael’s Restaurant and Tavern or Park Road Books. During tour hours, ticket-holders must redeem their tickets for tour guidebooks at the tour ticket booth at the corner of 9th and Poplar Streets in Fourth Ward. The ticket booth also will be the only location for same day ticket purchases.


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