Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, Wilmington

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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!

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

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  • I was interested in learning more about the history of Wilmington so toured the house and gardens. I had an excellent guide who shared many facts about the home and the families who have lived... 
    I was interested in learning more about the history of Wilmington so toured the house and gardens. I had an excellent guide who shared many facts about the home and the families who have lived...  more »
  • Anna gave a great tour of the house and grounds. She was very informative and described life in Wilmington during the 1700-1800’s. Would highly recommend. 
    Anna gave a great tour of the house and grounds. She was very informative and described life in Wilmington during the 1700-1800’s. Would highly recommend.  more »
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  • The Burgwin-Wright house is wonderful! When visiting the house, make sure to take the tour with John! John is amazing! While on the tour, as he explained the house and the history of colonial times, he made the history come to life! John weaved an incredible story from the history of colonial times and the house’s rich history as well! As John expertly explained what each room in the house meant I could envision what the hustle and bustle of colonial people must have looked like way back in time! An amazing experience for sure!
  • The Burgwin-Wright House and Garden was a very informative tour. Connor, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable, answered all our questions, and was engaging. The house is very well preserved along with the historical furnishings. The garden was beautiful and it was delightful to walk around in.

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