Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Burgin-Wright House and Gardens to host annual open house and craft market

Burgwin-Wright House is decorated for the holidays. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington’s oldest and largest historic site will welcome visitors for a holiday tour and market on Dec. 10.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., visitors will be able to stroll through the Burgin-Wright House, which will be decorated with fresh fruits and greenery in the custom of colonial homes in the 1770’s, when the home was built.

Dressed interpreters will educate visitors on the house’s history, as well as the 1774 jail structures on site. Luminaries will light the grounds for guests to explore the kitchen house and gardens, and crafts and live music will be offered in the home’s parlor.

“The Holiday Open House and Craft Market is our largest and most exciting event of the year,” museum director Christine Lamberton said. “There’s something about seeing this house decked out in all its festive dressings, as it would have been 250 years ago, that makes it really feel like the holidays in Wilmington.”

This event is free to the public, though donations are encouraged to support the preservation of the home.

Earlier in the day, the public can accomplish some shopping at the Holiday Craft Market, featuring over 30 local vendors. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens is located at 224 Market Street in downtown Wilmington. Built in 1770 on the city’s first jail, circa 1744, it is the only Colonial-era structure in Wilmington open to the public. The museum is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina, which saved the house from the wrecking ball in 1937.

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