Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, Wilmington

#6 of 12 in Museums in Wilmington
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • One of the older Historic homes in the downtown area. A great home to tour (especially at Christmas).  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit on a rainy afternoon. The azaleas were in full bloom in the beautiful garden area. On street parking.  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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