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The Neighborhood

Historic Oakwood is a nineteenth century neighborhood located near downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The neighborhood, designated on the National Register of Historic Places and also Raleigh's first local Historic District, is comprised of  hundreds of homes in a variety of architectural styles. Many of the homes have been painstakingly restored to maintain their original stature and beauty.

In addition to a passion for preserving the historic nature of their homes, many residents are avid gardeners. The backyards of these amazing properties are often hidden gems, where homeowners have created and maintain beautiful gardens. With quiet streets lined with sidewalks and trees, Historic Oakwood is an ideal place for a walking tour during an afternoon visit.

Tour Historic Oakwood!

Historic Oakwood provides two opportunities for visitors to tour homes and gardens, which generally are not available to the public. Each December, the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour® gives visitors the opportunity to see the interior of approximately a dozen selected homes. Each Spring, the Oakwood Garden Club offer a Garden Tour & Tea which features some of the neighborhood's best gardens and a delightful traditional tea.

You may also enjoy a walking tour of the neighborhood anytime! A printed copy of our online Walking Tour brochure can be obtained at the Capital Area Visitor Center.

Listen to Stories of Oakwood

Sue Tuck-Briggs and Ronnie Ellis

Sue Tuck-Briggs and Ronnie Ellis

The Oakwood Oral History Project features recorded stories of long-time Historic Oakwood residents -- from crazy neighbor antics to stopping the construction of a highway through the neighborhood.

Listen and enjoy nearly a dozen stories told about Oakwood of old!