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Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

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Address: 224 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: +1 910-762-0570
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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 Historic House

Loved visiting this home. Has a very interesting history. Began as a jail for the town of Wilmington. Well I won't tell you the facts but I can say it is beautiful inside and out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Martha O
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Greeneville, Tennessee
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Greeneville, Tennessee
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved visiting this home. Has a very interesting history. Began as a jail for the town of Wilmington. Well I won't tell you the facts but I can say it is beautiful inside and out. Make a time to visit!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice way to spend an afternoon while learning about the history of Wilmington. Our tour guide was very informative and she made for an enjoyable afternoon. Even in January, the gardens were quite lovely.

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Thank AbbyCorrine
Athens, Georgia
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230 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We visited the gardens before our tour began and November does not show them in their best light. The tour of this old colonial house built on the site of the former Wilmington Jail was extensive and thorough. It is a pity that only a few original pieces of furniture have survived but bringing pieces from other places gives the... More 

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Thank Mike L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Well worth the visit. Beautifully maintained house and garden and a rare example of Georgian architecture.

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Thank Clif M
Wilmington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I have been to the Burgwin - Wright house a number times...Very historical building and love the architecture. always bring guests here when they come to visit..

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Thank Raymond F
Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Visited here as part of our three properties ticket. Very interesting and built on the site of a former jail, a couple of cells still in evidence, outside kitchen and gardens also available to view. Very informative guide, well worth a visit

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Thank jean m
Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Very interesting house built on the foundation of the cities first jail. The history of the time during the Revolutionary War is also very interesting.

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Thank HoJoCA
Roxboro, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We love historic homes, so we were excited to find such a beautiful example of this period's architecture. Our tour guide was full of information presented in a very entertaining style. Didn't sound memorized.

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Thank Roxqueen1558
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This was an interesting house to visit. It was originally a jail which was later purchased and the house built on its foundations. The tour guide Christine was extremely knowledgeable and made the visit very interesting. Well worth a visit

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Thank Rosemary J
Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

My brother's wedding was at this venue. It is quite gorgeous and was a lovely spot for the wedding and reception.

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