Staff

Museum Director 

Christine E. Lamberton
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 910-762-0570

Originally from France, Christine Lamberton moved to the US to attend college in North Carolina. She is a UNCW alumna with a master’s degree in history with a concentration in museum education and historic houses. She has worked in various local museums, including the USS North Carolina battleship and Wrightsville Beach Museum. Today, in addition to serving as Director of the Burgwin-Wright House, she teaches part-time at UNCW in the history department.

Museum Interpreters

One of the ways the Burgwin-Wright House fulfills its educational mission is through the hiring of students in the field of history, museum studies, and education. This opportunity provides them with hands-on, real-life experiences that help build their resumes. In return, the Burgwin-Wright House is staffed with people who have a shared love of colonial history and preservation, and are always coming up with new ways to engage the public! 

Rick Morrison is a retired naval officer and a recent UNCW graduate with a bachelor of history. Rick holds additional degrees in health care administration, management, and national security and strategic studies. He has a strong interest in the history of the Lower Cape Fear region of North Carolina and currently works as an interpreter at the Burgwin-Wright House and the Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

Allayna Dail’s interest in history was fostered by growing up in Oriental, N.C. near Tryon Palace. While enrolled at UNCW as a history major, Allayna completed an internship at the Burgwin-Wright House setting up the archives. After completing her internship in June 2016, she was hired as an interpreter. Upon her graduation with a bachelor’s in history in May 2017, Allayna was the first recipient of the Mary Bason Broadfoot Summer Internship at the Burgwin-Wright House, where she digitized irreplaceable primary documents.

Darrien Bailey is a graduate student at UNCW in the history department focusing on public history. He has had a vested interest in history since his childhood when his mother interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and showed him how interesting history could be. Darrien received his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in art from St. Andrews University and conveys his love for both at the Burgwin-Wright House since the summer of 2017. 

Mary Cooper, originally from Sanford, NC, received her B.A. in both history and archaeology from UNC Chapel Hill and is currently a history graduate student at UNCW. Mary has always enjoyed history, and decided to pursue what she loved as a career. She is passionate about colonial history and is working on her public history master’s thesis that focusses on the witch trials in Salem Massachusetts. She began working as an interpreter at the Burgwin-Wright House and an educator for the children’s tour in June 2018.

Erica Weis was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where her love for history quickly developed and flourished. While pursuing her B.A. in Anthropology and History with a concentration in Public History at Mercyhurst University in Erie Pennsylvania, Erica spent one of her summers interning at the Bellamy Mansion Museum. During this time she fell in love with the city and decided that she wanted to pursue her master’s in Public History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Erica was a practicum student at the Burgwin-Wright house in the fall of 2018 and began working as an interpreter in January of 2019.