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“Best House Tour”

Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens
Ranked #22 of 121 things to do in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed September 27, 2013

This was an amazing house tour. The docent was dressed in costume and was incredibly knowledgeable. I appreciated that the staff warned us that they were inundated with 4th graders every day until 1:00. We came back later - but we think it's great that every 4th grader in the area gets a day of history here. As a retired teacher, I observed a little of the program, and I was impressed. I loved the gardens and will return in the Spring.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

So much history in this house! Our wonderful tour guide Bobby was a true southern gentleman and gave us a lot of facts and information about this lovely old home.

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the house and gardens and our guide was excellent. The only problem I can see with visiting the house is it is not easily accessible to anyone with limited walking or climbing abilities. There is no elevator to the upper levels and there are several sets of stairs to climb.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Very interesting house. Furnished, and you can enter the rooms and get up close to the furnishings and artifacts from the family that lived there.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

The tour guide was excellent , allowing me to see everything up close as I was the only tourist. Not rushing and giving great information in lively presentation.

2  Thank Crikey64
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