Jamie’s Port City Adventure

Jamie's Port City Adventure

April 29
June 17
July 29
August 26

"Wilmington was a small town but because of its fortuitous situation as a seaport at the mouth of a navigable river, it boasted not only a farmer's market and a shipping dock but several shops that stocked imported luxuries from Europe, as well as the home-grown necessities of daily life."

Jamie's Port City Adventure

Wilmington, North Carolina. The place where it all began for Jamie & Claire in North Carolina in 1767. Incorporated in 1739 and named for Spencer Compton, the Earl of Wilmington, the village of Wilmington prospered because of its location on the Cape Fear River. Trading became a stronghold with imports such as manufactured goods coming into Wilmington via the Cape Fear and exports coming down the river from settlers who provided produce and naval stores for building ships for the British crown (such as those provided by Jocasta’s River Run). During the Revolutionary War, Wilmington was the largest port and the largest city in North Carolina; however, it became a hotbed for political upheaval and revolutionary era events long before the Revolutionary War actually began. During this tour, we will travel through time and walk in the footsteps of our beloved Fraser family in the old Port City of Wilmington. This tour is complete with private historic house, walking & ghost tours, a private Cape Fear River cruise, snacks, lunch and dinner. This tour has been carefully & specifically designed for the Outlander history fan! Book your stay in historic Wilmington and walk with us. No vehicle necessary!

Tour Dates

~ April 29, 2023 ~ ~ June 17, 2023 ~ ~ July 29, 2023 ~ ~ August 26, 2023 ~ *Pick Your Date When You Reserve!

Trip Itinerary

Meet Up
We will start our morning in front of the Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens.
Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens Private Outlander-Themed Tour
EXCLUSIVE private Outlander-themed tour of the house & gardens. Built in 1770, the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens is the only structure in Wilmington from the colonial era open to the public. Operated as a museum house, it offers visitors a unique opportunity to view a fine example of Georgian architecture and experience what life was like during pre-revolutionary Wilmington. All rooms are furnished with 18th and 19th century antiques and showcase hundreds of objects.

Occupying an acre, the colonial style gardens consist of seven distinct areas, including an orchard with pomegranate and fig trees, a kitchen garden and a rose garden. Constructed on the ballast stone walls of the former city jail, circa 1744, the house retains many vestiges of its previous incarnation, such as outdoor and sub-basement jail cells and a freestanding kitchen house with a massive hearth replete with period cooking utensils.

After touring the home where Governor Tryon was known to visit, you will have time to wander around the lovely gardens plus visit the gift shop. You will also receive a complimentary souvenir from the Burgwin-Wright House during your visit.
Walking In Jamie & Claire's Footsteps
Hunter Ingram, the assistant museum director of the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, will take you around downtown Wilmington on a first-of-its-kind, 90-minute walking tour to talk about the city as it would have been seen by Claire and Jamie Fraser, including the mysterious tunnels underneath the city, the city’s first jail and the all-consuming arrival of the American Revolution. An EXCLUSIVE Outlander-inspired walking tour developed for NC Sassenach Tours!
Lunch in the Burgwin-Wright Gardens
We’ll rest up with a special Lunch & Learn hosted by Dawn Woo in the beautiful gardens of the Burgwin-Wright House.
Cape Fear River History Cruise
Step aboard “The Wilmington” for this EXCLUSIVE private, chartered Outlander-themed tour of the Cape Fear River. We will be joined by local historian, Jack Fryar, who assisted Diana Gabaldon with her research of Wilmington and the Cape Fear area. He will share the Cape Fear’s notorious past and its ties to Scotland while we pass by and learn about the sites of today. A full cash bar is on board PLUS you’ll receive a complimentary Rum Punch and a souvenir cup!
Free Time OR Self-Guided Tour of Bellamy Mansion
If you saw something on the Walking Tour you would like to revisit, here’s your chance to spend a little time on your own to do that or to visit one of the many shops located in the Historic District.


OPT-IN: If you would rather get a taste of the life Auntie Jocasta might have lived on River Run, then join us on a self-guided tour of Bellamy Mansion. a 10,000-square-foot, twenty-two room mansion which was constructed primarily by skilled, enslaved workers and local, free black artisans between 1859 and 1861. This mansion is also located within walking distance in the historic distance. (NOTE: You will be able to opt-in to the Bellamy Mansion self-guided tour when booking.)
Dinner at The Pilot House Restaurant
William Craig constructed the original restaurant building as a residence in 1870. Mr. Craig was a cooper, or a maker of wooden barrels. Many of Mr. Craig’s barrels were almost certainly used for the storage and transport of naval stores. The house was moved to its present grounds in 1977 from a location on Wooster Street.

In May 1978, The Pilot House Restaurant was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wright Jr. as the first dining establishment in the newly restored historic Chandler’s Wharf. In our many years of service, we have endeavored to maintain a tradition of Southern regional cuisine. All our dishes are made from scratch using the freshest ingredients, as well as seafood and fowl, indigenous to our area. Our menu ranges from “down home cooking”, to Cajun, as well as fused traditional Southern fare with a contemporary twist.
OPT-IN: Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
Named “Top 5 Ghost Walk” by USA Today! We will end our tour with what started the whole Outlander story – a ghost! On this 90-minute walking tour we will journey into the depths of old Wilmington to the city’s most actively haunted homes & burial grounds. We will walk cryptic alleyways and discover haunted nooks unavailable anywhere else. Get up close and personal with the spirits and hear eerie tales of ghostly occurrences, including actual encounters during recent tours.

We’re not sure if we will spot Jamie, as he did roam the streets of Wilmington, but we will surely be keeping a close eye out! (NOTE: You will be able to opt-in to the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington when booking.)
All-Inclusive One-Day Tour

ALL admission prices, meals, tips, souvenir glasses, and non-alcoholic beverages (except as indicated) are included in your one-day ticket price.

Your Guides

Beth & Carolyn are honored to be your guides as we discover Jamie and Claire's North Carolina. They'll be more than happy to discuss all things Outlander with you as we travel together through the NC stones. Read more about their Outlandish story by clicking on the "Your Guides" title above.


Motorized transportation is not necessary for this tour as all sites are within a few blocks of each other. We will be on foot or on water the entire day. Put on your best walking shoes for a real adventure in North Carolina's historic old port city! No car is necessary unless you'd like to drive youself from one location to another. *Please note that parking in downtown Wilmington is extremely limited. Click the word "Transportation" above to see public parking options.

What To Bring

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Rain gear. This is a rain or shine tour. Bug Spray and sunscreen. In the event you would like to make incidental purchases throughout the day or additional alcoholic beverages, please bring a method of payment. Camera or cellphone for photo taking. Your excitement!

What To Not To Bring

NO children under 13 years of age. The ringer on your cellphone (please silence cellphones when with the group). Besides, cellphone service is unavailable in many areas on the Ridge. NO Tips of any kind!


If you would like to extend your visit in Wilmington, we suggest that you book accommodations in the River Walk area of historic Wilmington. Click the "Accommodations" title above for links to places to stay. *Accommodations are NOT included in the ticket price.*

Safety Precautions

We want YOU to stay healthy & well! Masks are totally optional at this point (yay!) but of course, don't hesitate to wear one if you'd feel more comfortable. Locations on this tour have mild uneven terrain (cobblestones) and some locations require climbing stairs.

Tour Pricing

All Day Tour
$379/person includes
  • Welcome Gift
  • Private Tour of Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens
  • Private Walking Tour of Historic Wilmington
  • Lunch & Learn at the Burgwin-Wright House Gardens
  • Private Cape Fear River History Cruise with complimentary Rum Punch
  • Bellamy Mansion Self-Guided Tour (Must Opt-In During Checkout)
  • Private Dining at Historic Pilot House Restaurant
  • Ghost Walk of Haunted Wilmington (Must Opt-in During Checkout)
  • Souvenirs from Burgwin-Wright House & Wilmington Water Tours
  • Snacks
  • *Tour Itinerary Subject To Change Without Notice*
  • **We must have at least 15 people to sign up for the tour in order to proceed. If 15 people do not sign up, your money will be refunded to you (less a $25.00 booking fee) or you may transfer to another tour.**

Our Other Outlander-Inspired Tours

Check out our other Outlander-inspired one-day tours below! We can’t wait to show you around!



Fraser's Coolest Corner Encounter

Jamie would love to travel along with us as we explore North Carolina's "Coolest Corner", Ashe County, NC, where we'll visit the Churches of the Frescoes, meander through local museums and learn all about Fraser Fir Christmas Trees! He'd enjoy sipping wine and dining on fine cuisine. And, wouldn't we enjoy having him around for what we're calling "fun times on the lawn"? You'll have to join us to find out just exactly what that is! And of course...the company he'd be in would be outstanding!



Claire's Journey To Yesteryear

A History Lover's Tour! We'll begin with a guided tour of the home of Major General William Lenoir, built in 1792. From there, we'll learn about the Overmountain Men at beautiful Leatherwood Mountains where we'll also participate in a Native American Wilderness Walk. Stardust Cellars will be our next stop where we will engage in a hands-on mead making workshop, taking our finished product home to continue to enjoy later. We'll have a feast of an Italian dinner at the quaint Roselli's on 10th. We'll end the day with an exciting ghost tour as we meander through the streets of Wilkesboro.

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