Burgwin-Wright Museum 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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  • We really enjoyed our tour of this historic home. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. She really seemed to enjoy recounted the history of the home and providing interesting information about why th...  more »
  • We were blessed with an excellent tour guide. He knew so much about the original owners and the role of the house in the community. I'll always remember the jail in the basement. At one point, he talk...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit here. This tour is not as long as the Bellamy, so you can easily squeeze in the two (of the three) mansions on the same day. History was very interesting, and the docent was excel...  more »
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  • Nice place if you like house tours. Guide was very knowledgeable.
  • Great historical outing for the young and old. Definitely enjoyable!!! I promise, you will be glad you went!
  • Beautiful 3 Lira Garden wonderful staff
  • Excellent example of colonial living
  • Wonderfully preserved period home

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