All guests can enjoy learning more about the Burgwin-Wright House and colonial North Carolina by visiting our exhibit hall inside the visitor center, free-of-charge. There, you will learn about:

  • The property's previous incarnation as the first city gaol (jail), built in 1744, and how the abusive criminal justice system under King George inspired our country's Bill of Rights. 
  • The importance of the long-leaf pine to the economy of colonial North Carolina and its use in the construction of the Burgwin-Wright House.
  • The history of the free and enslaved people who lived and worked in the house.
  • The true story behind Wilmington's infamous underground tunnels. 
  • Exploitive labor practices of the Cape Fear region
  • Women in the colonial era.