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The Burgwin-Wright House was built by merchant, planter, and treasurer, John Burgwin, in 1770. Known as ?the most considerable house in town,? the house was inhabited by Lord Cornwallis in 1781. Cornwallis used it as a headquarters right after his defeat and surrender at Yorktown, Virginia. Joshua Grainger Wright bought the house in 1799 for 3,500 Spanish milled dollars. It became his home until 1937, when he sold it to the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in North Carolina.

Today, the house has been beautifully restored, making it the oldest museum house in Southern North Carolina. Visitors to the house will be able to view its fine details as well as its architecture exuding the Georgian style. The museum house also features the 18th and early 19th century furnishings and stories about the people who lived in the house. Another feature of the site is the formal or parterre garden, the terraced garden as well as an orchard that boats of appropriate plants and trees.

The house is one of the finest examples of a colonial gentleman?s town residence. Behind it, a free-standing building can be seen as it houses the kitchen and craft room. The Museum offers colonial cooking demonstrations in these areas.
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