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Address: 224 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: +1 910-762-0570
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Description: Built in 1771, the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens is the only structure...
Built in 1771, the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens is the only structure in Wilmington from the colonial era open to the public. Operated as a museum house, it offers visitors a unique opportunity to view a fine example of Georgian architecture and experience what life was like during pre-revolutionary Wilmington. All rooms are furnished with 18th and 19th century antiques and showcase hundreds of objects. Occupying two-thirds of an acre, the colonial style gardens consist of seven distinct areas, including an orchard with pomegranate and fig trees, a kitchen garden and a rose garden. Built on the foundation of a former city jail, circa 1744, the house retains many vestiges of its previous incarnation such as outdoor and sub-basement jail cells and a freestanding kitchen house with a massive hearth complete with period cooking utensils. Guided tours include the stories about the people who lived and worked here and the women's organization that saved this landmark from the wrecking ball. Tours are Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Tours are on the hour with the last departing at 3pm. Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens is a Blue Star
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great tour guide! Very informative and educational. Would highly recommend! Jim and Joni Williams Myrtle Beach Sc

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

great tour guide! Very informative and educational. Would highly recommend! Jim and Joni Williams Myrtle Beach Sc

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We appreciated the very thorough tour of the home and the self-guided tour of the gardens, even on a very chilly and windy day. The house has quite a colorful history and some unique features that set it apart from many historic homes. The docent was very knowledgable and we enjoyed the experience very much.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

We stopped at this home after going to another home tour. This one was encouraged. And we are glad we went. It was interesting to see how different they laid out and used their homes 250 years ago. It is a marvel the wooden structure is still standing. Part of that is upkeep. Our guide was very knowledgeable and tried... More 

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Leland, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Most people know Wilmington N.C. for its Civil War history, but this house goes back to the Revolutionary War with it being taken as headquarters by British generals. The house is in excellent condition and the docents are very knowledgeable and eager to share their information. The gardens are very nice with some nice surprises. A great way to spend... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Interesting history of the property from being a jail to being a townhouse for a businessman then a family. Lots of period furnishings.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Buy the ticket to go to all 3 houses, you save that way. I'm not a big history buff so it's just a house to me.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This was part of the three house ticket we bought at Bellamy Mansion (basically buy two tours get one free) That made this tour a little better since it was discounted. Our guide didn't know much about what she talking about. When opening the floor to questions we were met with a blank stare. No pictures were allowed so we... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We just wanted a little thing to do one morning and I had read that you can walk around the gardens without paying to go thru the house so that's what we did. They were very nice.

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is the oldest home of the 3 homes open to tours in Wilmington. Built near the middle 1700's. Many or possibly most if the furnishings they believe original to the house. The tour they give is very good. I was lucky to have a tour guide that not only was well versed on the families that occupied the homes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

The house was beautiful and the Tour Guide very informative. The gardens were beautiful . Enjoyed the history of house.

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Address: Address: 224 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: +1 910-762-0570
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington

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