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Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

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Address: 224 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4444
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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So glad we visited the house

What a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon. The house is lovely. Beautifully restored and maintained. The gardens are so peaceful. I especially want to give our tour guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
carolineboyce
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon. The house is lovely. Beautifully restored and maintained. The gardens are so peaceful. I especially want to give our tour guide a shout out. She was enthusiastic about the subject matter, and was so knowledgeable. I can't wait to come back for one of the evening tours.

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Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A jewel of a museum for Revolutionary War buffs. Beautiful house and gardens. General Cornwallis' commandeered this home for his Wilmington headquarters

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Thank man44a
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully brought back to days gone by. The 2 young ladies are history majors and what an awesome job they do at making you feel like you lived in that time. Gardens blooms were gone but we were able to do senior pictures in the garden.

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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered this house by perusing the travel literature for Wilmington. We are glad we stopped. We parked at a metered space directly in front of the house. The next tour began shortly after our arrival and we had a wonderful guide who was clearly fascinated with her work. She added greatly to our tour. The history of the home,... More 

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Thank Milthill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

We toured the house today. Our guide was Josh, who had incomparable knowledge and provided a fantastic tour. He obviously was passionate about history and gave a very in depth view of the house and it's story. He answered any of our stupid questions with thought out and reasoned responses. I highly recommend this tour, particularly with Josh.

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Martinez, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Fantastic home. Very knowledgable guide that explained the history of the house and the mind set of those who lived there and the politics of the day. Wise investment of time!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Colonial era Burgwin-Wright House, circa 1770, will give even amateur historic preservationists goose-bumps. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina saw the historic value of this priceless house and saved it from an ill-conceived demolition for a parking lot! The Dames craftily restored this former jail, turned wealthy gentleman's townhouse and gardens... More 

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Warren OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This mansion is one of the three mansions in the area, along with the Bellamy and the Latimer. All are within a few minutes walking distance from downtown Wilmington, and are within close proximity to each other. A discounted ticket can be purchased if planning to visit all three. There are also coupons for $1 off admission in the travel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Colonial Period and a must see. Staff is highly educated on the history of this house and we learned a few things we did not know about this period. We both love history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Our tour guide was a wealth of information. Tour takes about an hour or longer if you do the self guided garden tour. The garden is spectacular and a must see.

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