We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Must See”

Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens
Ranked #20 of 119 things to do in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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 18 June 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.

1  Thank LuxeWestie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (81)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

74 - 78 of 81 reviews

Reviewed 20 February 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 August 2012 via mobile

Great piece of Colonial history. This pre-revolutionary home started as a jail, was occupied by Cornwallis, and was left to ruin. Restored by the Colonial Dames starting in 1937, this Georgian Styled Mansion is well worth the visit.

1  Thank Dan S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 31 January 2012

Went to the holiday open house in December. Surprised that there were so few folks there, but it was a great program. The docents are very knowledgeable and the home itself was beautiful. Want to go back in the spring to see the gardens.

3  Thank maxcat1996
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 November 2009

Although this house only rated a brief mention in Frommers, we decided to pay it a visit and we're really glad that we did. Our guide, Al was extremely knowledgeable and hospitable. The house is very nicely restored and the grounds are still attractive in spite of the time of the year.

3  Thank Diadiva
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens also viewed

Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
 
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
 

Been to Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing