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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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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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How can history be boring? Not!

I really enjoyed the tour of this mansion, it really has a huge amount of history. I would have liked to have gone through again, but no time. It is just ingredible to imagin how... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Southington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed the tour of this mansion, it really has a huge amount of history. I would have liked to have gone through again, but no time. It is just ingredible to imagin how life was so many years ago and what life is like today. Well wourth the time to visit this mansion and take the time to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My husband and I love going to places with history. When we found out that adults can purchase a passport to see The Latimer House, Bellamy Mansion, and Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens for $24 (each) we were on board. PLEASE NOTE: You will have to park on the street. The Bellamy Mansion is the only house on the passport that... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We had a wonderful tour guide on Friday, August 14th--a student from UNCW. I can't remember his name. He gave us so much information and really went above and beyond to help us transport back in time and appreciate the history of the mansion and city. He answered numerous questions and was very prepared. I appreciated the experience very much.

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Espoo, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Well preserved piece of American early history. Highly recommendable to visit. Our kids liked it too :)

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

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 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

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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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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