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Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

224 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4444
+1 910-762-0570
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A Moving and Memorable Experience

We were blessed with an excellent tour guide. He knew so much about the original owners and the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Wilmington, North Carolina
Interesting home

We enjoyed our visit here. This tour is not as long as the Bellamy, so you can easily squeeze in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Victoria L
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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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224 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4444
+1 910-762-0570
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were blessed with an excellent tour guide. He knew so much about the original owners and the role of the house in the community. I'll always remember the jail in the basement. At one point, he talked about the long-leaf pine and had us...More

Thank jaw9845
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit here. This tour is not as long as the Bellamy, so you can easily squeeze in the two (of the three) mansions on the same day. History was very interesting, and the docent was excellent.

Thank Victoria L
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This was our first tour of the tri-ticket purchase and we loved it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and knew the history and items of the house really well. I would visit this home home here in historic Wilmington if you want to gain...More

Thank Robin G
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We had a great guide, the tour was really interesting. We love historic homes and this one didn't disappoint.

Thank dino2mom
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed re-visiting this beautiful 18th Century home with someone who had not seen it before. The house has been carefully restored and maintained with lovely period furniture, paintings, and household items. The guide was excellent, and his background as an archaeologist made the tour...More

1  Thank BeachMartie
Reviewed 29 April 2017

The tour was wonderful. The home has been beautifully restored. The history of the home and gardens are fascinating. The base of the home was once a jail. The gallows were held in the gardens. But that bit of history doesn't take away from the...More

2  Thank arbeebe
Reviewed 3 April 2017

It's a small place with a history that goes back to Revolutionary times. As it happens my wife and I were the only ones to be taken around with the docent so we got a great tour. The property does not allow you to roam...More

Thank Jay M
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens is surprisingly locate in downtown Wilmington. While the house has been partially restored, it presents an authentic depiction of how the "1%" lived in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. The tour guide was particularly knowledgeable about the history of...More

Thank 231philipw
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Excellently maintained home. The fact that it sits where the old jail used to sit adds to the uniqueness of this fine old home. Take the guided tour. The docents add all of the little facts that add to your experience. My wife and I...More

1  Thank William M
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Our guide retired from the Navy after 32 years and settled in the Wilmington area. He was very passionate about the history of the House and the City. His tour was professional and informative and made the tour most interesting. We would recommend it to...More

1  Thank Stephen J
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Tabitha F
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Response from John B | Property representative |
George is correct. Admission is $12 per adult, $6 per student, free for active military and children 3 and under. With a rackcard, you get a dollar off. Thank you for your interest!