Wilmington boasts the largest National Register Historic District in the state of North Carolina. Within those 200 square blocks are hundreds of historic buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, but a scant three homes survive from the colonial era. Only one of these, the Burgwin-Wright House, circa 1770 is open to the public. Operated as a museum house, it provides the only local venue where the public can view an example of Georgian architecture – and a splendid one, at that!
In addition to the architecture, numerous other distinguishing features contribute to a truly unique experience for visitors.
- All rooms are fully furnished with antiques from the 18th and 19th century and showcase hundreds of rare objects, large and small.
- The gardens offer a lush and serene oasis in the city’s urban core. Occupying two-thirds of an acre, the terraced gardens consist of seven distinct areas, including an orchard with pomegranate and fig trees, a kitchen garden and a rose garden.
- The property contains a freestanding kitchen house with a massive hearth and replete with period cooking utensils.
- Built on the foundation of a former city jail, the house retains many vestiges of its previous incarnation.
- Last but not least, are the stories of:
- the Burgwins and the Wrights
- the women’s organization that saved this landmark from the wrecking ball