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Wilmington boasts the largest National Register Historic District in the state of North Carolina. Within those 200 square blocks are hundreds of historic buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, but a scant three homes survive from the colonial era. Only one of these, the Burgwin-Wright House, circa 1770 is open to the public. Operated as a museum house, it provides the only local venue where the public can view an example of Georgian architecture – and a splendid one, at that!For Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens and beyond, use our Wilmington trip planning app to get the most from your Wilmington vacation.
In addition to the architecture, numerous other distinguishing features contribute to a truly unique experience for visitors.
•All rooms are fully furnished with antiques from the 18th and 19th century and showcase hundreds of rare objects, large and small.
•The gardens offer a lush and serene oasis in the city’s urban core. Occupying two-thirds of an acre, the terraced gardens consist of seven distinct areas, including an orchard with pomegranate and fig trees, a kitchen garden and a rose garden.
•The property contains a freestanding kitchen house with a massive hearth and replete with period cooking utensils.
•Built on the foundation of a former city jail, the house retains many vestiges of its previous incarnation.
•Last but not least, are the stories of:
◦the Burgwins and the Wrights
◦the women’s organization that saved this landmark from the wrecking ball
Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens Reviews
Interesting visit and tour. enjoyed. guide was nice and informative. I wish we had been able to see the basement or "Dungeon". more »
My granddaughters got to see how people lived in the 1800's, how hard life was for the servants and how you were treated when you broke the law. Our hostess was very knowledgeable. more »
I recently took the candlelight tour at Burgwin Wright. I am just giving it 3 stars because you could not see anything inside the house. The tour was too dark to enjoy the architecture and decor of the home. The docent gave very interesting facts, etc. about the home and the history was very interesting. A few more candles or some other type of lighting would be helpful.
My mom and I very much enjoyed taking a tour with Erica recently. The price was $12 a piece and included the guided tour. Ours was just ourselves and one other guest so it was very nice and small. Erica was very informative and spent a good amount of time in each room explaining the history of the family, area, furniture, etc. The tour took about 50 minutes and included the house, a brief overview of the gardens, and the old kitchen. This is definitely worth the money if you are interested in history.
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