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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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Fabulous home, great gardens, great tour

An overall fantastic early- American home. Our tour guide, although new to her job, was very informed and had so many interesting stories to tell about the home. She also made... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Floyd, Virginia
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Floyd, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

An overall fantastic early- American home. Our tour guide, although new to her job, was very informed and had so many interesting stories to tell about the home. She also made fantastic recommendations on what to see and do in Downtown Wilmington. The gardens were lovely and provided a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a mid-summer afternoon. The home's... More 

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Dover, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I totally enjoyed this tour of this beautiful old house. Our tour guide was wonderful and it was well worth the money to see this home. Also loved the scented soaps in the little gift shop....cheaper there any in stores at other places. Also got a jar of their spiced figs which are wonderful and made with figs right from... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The old house is well maintained and nicely furnished. Its not a large house near downtown very close and within distance of the riverfront. Well worth the effort.

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Hampstead, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very memorable and educational. The tour guides were great. Fascinating! I learned so much about the culture and history of Wilmington.

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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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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