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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
Tours to Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens
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Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens reviews
The tour guide was great. I'm not a huge history fan, but I actually really enjoyed it and learned a lot. It was a neat place with a lot of history. I love that everything was kept original along...
The tour guide was great. I'm not a huge history fan, but I actually really enjoyed it and learned a lot. It was a neat place with a lot of history. I love that everything was kept original along... more »
Great tour guide! Interesting history of a jail to a home. Our guide was very informative and engaging. The history of the area is fascinating.
Great tour guide! Interesting history of a jail to a home. Our guide was very informative and engaging. The history of the area is fascinating. more »
A beautiful mansion right in the downtown/ river walk area of Wilmington. Our guide, Connor, gave a lot of detailed historical information about the home and grounds. I would highly recommend seeing..... more
A beautiful mansion right in the downtown/ river walk area of Wilmington. Our guide, Connor, gave a lot of detailed historical information about the home and grounds. I would highly recommend seeing..... more »
We had a wonderful time at this museum. Our tour guide was excellent and told us so many stories and details about the history, property and the people. We are both historic architecture enthusiasts- so this is our cup of tea☕️. I’m also visiting from abroad and recommend this to anyone for a wonderful time and learning experience while enjoying downtown Wilmington.
Yesterday 9.28.21 we toured the historic property, Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens in Wilmington NC. The tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. If you are interested in the roots of America in its formative years you will learn a good deal about Colonial America, the significance of the house, who were the original owners and how business was conducted in those rough and rugged times. Fascinating stuff! We learned how to “read” a portrait and that debtors prison was no joke.
The tour was informative. I liked that not only did I learn about the house and it's occupants, but they also talked about the social and cultural behavior during the time periods.
Beautiful estate. The tour guide was very informative and interesting! The gardens were very well taken care of. So interesting to learn about the history of the house and family.
The guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and answered questions well. The restorations are authentic and the storylines convey well.
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