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How WWII Impacted Wilmington and The Burgwin-Wright House
Tuesday, June 06, 2023, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
Category: Events

On June 6, the 79th anniversary of D-Day, the Burgwin-Wright House will step back in time to 1944 when the house served as the Cornwallis Lounge for Officers of the Armed Forces.

Beginning at 9am, guests will be able to enjoy refreshments in the visitor’s center and walk through the house to see historical photos of how the rooms were staged as the officers’ lounge during the war.

At 10am, guests are invited to the visitors’ center for a special lecture by Wilmington’s premiere WWII historian Wilbur Jones detailing the many roles of Wartime Wilmington, including the resounding impact of the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company and what the downtown area would have looked like for the visiting soldiers and officers.

Admission is $10- all proceeds benefit the preservation of the house and gardens. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Please call 910-762-0570 and ask for Christine or Hunter. Please do not email or PM.

About the Speaker 

Image courtesy of Wrightsville Beach Magazine

Jones, a Wilmington native and University of North Carolina graduate, is a nationally known military historian and author of 19 books, seven on World War II. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, and the chairman of the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission. Most recently, he conceived, organized, and led the 12-1/2 year national history preservation project leading to the city’s 2020 designation as “America’s First World War II Heritage City.”

For more information, on Wilbur Jones, visit