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Burgwin-Wright Presents... explores the riveting stories of North Carolina's Cape Fear region through the history of one of its oldest Colonial historic sites – the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens in Wilmington. Focusing on history that spans the formation of the American Colonies to the modern day, Burgwin-Wright Presents... will explore the fact vs. fiction within the stories that have defined the Cape Fear region for three centuries.

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Burgwin-Wright Presents... explores the riveting stories of North Carolina's Cape Fear region through the history of one of its oldest Colonial historic sites – the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens in Wilmington. Focusing on history that spans the formation of the American Colonies to the modern day, Burgwin-Wright Presents... will explore the fact vs. fiction within the stories that have defined the Cape Fear region for three centuries.

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English


Episodes

S3E6: Outlander in the Cape Fear: What Outlander Missed

8/11/2023
For the mid-season finale episode, we are retracing our steps to Brunswick Town and the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge to talk about what audiences are missing when they don’t see these landmark Cape Fear Colonial sites depicted in the “Outlander” TV series. Joining the episode are two returning guests –– Jim McKee, site manager for Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, and Jason Howell with Moores Creek National Battlefield. This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company and Fraser's Ridge Homecoming, presented by Outlander North Carolina. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:31:41

S3E5: Outlander in the Cape Fear: Forging the American Identity

7/28/2023
The "Outlander" story travels up north in the thick of the American Revolution and witnesses fighting in places like New York. But would the war, the fighting and the experience of living through a revolution look differently in New York versus North Carolina? And how did 13 separate colonies come together to fight for the same cause when they did not yet have a shared identity? Hint: it wasn't easy. Joining the episode is Dr. David Houpt, an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company and Fraser's Ridge Homecoming, presented by Outlander North Carolina. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:38:44

S3E4: Outlander in the Cape Fear: The Great Dismal Swamp

7/14/2023
During the Colonial era, traveling between North Carolina and Virginia almost certainly required engagement with the Great Dismal Swamp, a million-acre natural wildlife habitat that remains a central part of the East Coast’s ecology today. A character in “Outlander” finds out firsthand the dangers of the thick wilderness during the American Revolution. But what is the history of this natural wonder and what is it like working with in it today? Joining the episode is Chris Lowie, who has served as the manager of the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge in Suffolk, Virginia for 17 years. This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company and Fraser's Ridge Homecoming, presented by Outlander North Carolina. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:35:50

S3E3: Outlander in The Cape Fear: A Visit to the Apothecary

6/30/2023
Healing is a core tenet of who Claire Fraser is in "Outlander," but what was medicine and healthcare really like in the Colonial era? From surgery to medicine to home remedies, surviving in a time before modern practices took work and the right knowledge. Joining this episode is Charles Brett, a volunteer medical interpreter at Tryon Palace in New Bern, who shares the challenges of medical care 200 years ago –– and what methods and instruments they pioneered that we still use today. This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company and Fraser's Ridge Homecoming, presented by Outlander North Carolina. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:52:26

S3E2: Outlander in the Cape Fear: The Attack on Fort Johnston

6/16/2023
In the Season 7 premiere of "Outlander," Claire Fraser finds herself in the crosshairs of Royal Governor Josiah Martin, who is battling for control of Fort Johnston on the Cape Fear River in the opening months of the American Revolution. Joining this week's podcast is local historian and author Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., who guides us through the intertwined history of Martin, the final royal-appointed governor of North Carolina, and Fort Johnston, the fiery fate of which will mark the beginning of the end of British control in the colony. "Outlander in the Cape Fear" will air new episodes every two weeks this summer! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:40:49

S3E1: Outlander in the Cape Fear: Uncharted Waters

6/1/2023
And we're back! The new season of "Outlander in the Cape Fear" begins with a single question: What would it have been like to travel on the Cape Fear River 250 years ago like Claire and Jamie Fraser? Joining the episode is Doug Springer, the co-founder and captain of Wilmington Water Tours, who talks about how the river has changed as development took hold in North Carolina and just how different an experience it would have been when the river was the only way in and out. Plus, he talks about the little pockets that still offer a glimpse into the past lives of the river. "Outlander in the Cape Fear" will air new episode every two weeks this summer! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:35:37

S2E10: Cape Fear Legends & Lore: The Mystery of the Suicide Club

4/14/2023
Have you ever heard of the Suicide Club in Colonial Wilmington? If you haven't, you aren't alone. According to Louis T. Moore, the bizarre and grim story would have sent shockwaves through a young Wilmington. But the strange tradition also reveals the intricacies of the culture of religion at the heart of the American Colonies. Joining the episode is Dr. Jamie Brummitt, an associate professor of philosophy and American religion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:38:31

S2E9: Cape Fear Legends & Lore: The Timeless Tune of Thalian Hall

3/23/2023
Wilmington is known for many things, but perhaps one of its most unique features is its historic performing arts center that doubles as city hall. The harmonious convergence of entertainment and government inside an iconic building has been among the Cape Fear's most impressive traits over the past century and a half. But how did it happen? And how is it all connected to what some say is the oldest theater association in the United States? Joining the episode is Travis Gilbert, the executive director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation and a member of The Board of Trustees for Thalian Hall. Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:35:01

S2E8: Cape Fear Legends & Lore: A Colonial Con Artist

3/9/2023
Do you think you could spot a con artist in the Colonial era? It might have been harder than you think in the days before lightning-fast technology. In 1771, Sarah Wilson was certainly counting on it when she impersonated a member of King George III's family in the American Colonies. She traveled through Wilmington and New Bern in her march south, scamming unsuspecting colonists who jumped at the surprise opportunity to host royalty. But what do we really know about this Colonial con woman? And how did her scheme fall apart? Joining the episode is Matt Arthur, a former staff member at Tryon Palace in New Bern and currently the professional development manager with the American Association for State and Local History. Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:37:27

S2E7: Cape Fear Legends & Lore: The Midnight Ride of Polly Slocumb

2/16/2023
The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge is a storied moment in American history, but many people learn about the lesser-known battle through the heroic feat of a woman who didn’t fight in it. Polly Slocumb is said to have rode her horse into the night of February 26, 1776 to save her husband from dying in the battle after dreaming of his demise. Her legend is iconic, but it’s also littered with details that don’t line up with fact. Who was Polly Slocumb and can we chase down her legend 200 years later? Joining the episode is Chris E. Fonvielle Jr, a local historian and author of books such as “More Curious Tales from Old Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear,” which features a chapter on Polly’s story. Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:24

S2E6: Cape Fear Legends & Lore: A Duel of Passion

2/2/2023
In Colonial America, a duel at ten paces could defend something the law couldn't – a man's honor. But history doesn't look fondly on those who chose to serve justice with a bullet. Especially in the case of two young men in the British Navy in 1765, who fought a vicious and bloody duel at Brunswick Town over a woman – during a moment of growing unrest for the Cape Fear. Joining the episode to talk about the Simpson/Whitehurst duel is Jim McKee, the manager of Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow. Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:37:37

S2E5: Cape Fear Legends & Lore: The Old Dram Tree

1/19/2023
When it comes to icons of the Cape Fear, few stand as sturdy as the Old Dram Tree. Although it has long since been lost to progress, the story of the Dram Tree is one that charts the entire developed history of the Wilmington area. The bald cypress tree served as a "a grim sentinel," as it has been called, for mariners traveling the Cape Fear River all the way back to the pre-Colonial period. But how did it get its name and what happened to it? This episode, we are joined by Jack Fryar, a local historian and publisher of Dram Tree Books, to talk about the facts and fate of the Old Dram Tree. Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:28

S2E4: Cape Fear Legends & Lore: What Lies Beneath Wilmington

1/5/2023
Have you heard of the tunnels underneath Wilmington, where pirates supposedly smuggled their treasure and slaves escaped on the Underground Railroad? Perhaps the most enduring legend in Wilmington's history is ripe with salacious and fictitious stories, the passages under the city have a far more practical and not-so-flashy origin. On this week's episode, we dispel some of the legends that wind through the tunnels and ponder why they are so popular (and potentially dangerous) centuries later. Joining the episode is Jon Schleier, executive director of the Public Archaeology Corps, which excavated one of the passages named Rock Spring in 2017. Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:56:43

S2E3: Cape Fear Legends & Lore: A John Canoe Christmas

12/8/2022
What did Christmas look like for the enslaved people of Colonial Wilmington? While no holiday celebration was guaranteed, the port city's streets were often a stage granted to enslaved communities for a display of their culture known as John Kuners or John Canoe. With the help of special guest Dr. Tara White, an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, this episode looks at why slave owners allowed these traditions to take place and how the enslaved used them to assert their individuality and power within an institution that didn’t give them much of either. In the episode, we explore why the holidays were a time of negotiation between slave and enslaver, and how the John Canoe celebrations became so associated with Wilmington. Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this new season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:45:34

S2E2: Cape Fear Legends & Lore: Wilmington in the Time of Cornwallis

11/22/2022
The new season, "Burgwin-Wright Presents... Cape Fear Legends & Lore," begins with a story right in our backyard – the myth of Cornwallis Headquarters in Wilmington. During the American Revolution, did Lord Cornwallis, commander of the British army, stay at the Burgwin-Wright House will he was in Wilmington in 1781? The house has been known for centuries as "Cornwallis Headquarters," but is it true? We explore the fact and fiction of the legend with guest Bert Dunkerly, historian and author of such books as "Redcoats on the Cape Fear." Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this new season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today! This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:37:55

S2E1: Cape Fear Legends & Lore: Prologue

11/10/2022
For the new season of "Burgwin-Wright Presents...," we are cracking open the chapters of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region" for a season titled "Cape Fear Legends & Lore." First published in 1956, the seminal local history book is a collection of legends and traditions that have defined the Cape Fear region since the Colonial period. Each episode this season, we will revisit a chapter in Moore's book to examine what's fact and what's fiction. Before we launch the new season on Nov. 22, we wanted to introduce our listeners to Louis and why we are doing this season in this special Prologue episode. New episodes of "Cape Fear Legends & Lore" will premiere every other week through the spring of 2023. We hope you'll join us for this new journey through local history, guided by the work of one of its greatest storytellers. Louis T. Moore biographical information courtesy of LouisTMoore.com by Susan Taylor Block. This podcast is sponsored by Durable Restoration Company. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:11:45

S1E11: Outlander in the Cape Fear: A Highlander Haunting

10/19/2022
"Burgwin-Wright Presents... Outlander in the Cape Fear" explores the history of Colonial North Carolina through its depiction in the book and TV series "Outlander." For this special Halloween episode, host Hunter Ingram reads a compelling and chilling ghost story written in 1898 by noted Cape Fear historian James Sprunt entitled "A Colonial Apparition." Pulling from the true history of Scottish Highlanders who immigrated to North Carolina in the Colonial period, the story tells of the Steamer Wilmington's snowy encounter with the supposed ghosts of two Highlanders killed along the Cape Fear River during the Revolutionary War. Initially read before The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina (NSCDA-NC) in 1898, this special reading was coordinated by the Burgwin-Wright House, which is owned and operated by the NSCDA-NC. This podcast is produced by Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, Wilmington's largest and oldest historic site. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House and to learn how to support the house, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:58:25

S1E10: Outlander in the Cape Fear: King George and Broadswords

5/5/2022
"Burgwin-Wright Presents... Outlander in the Cape Fear" explores the history of Colonial North Carolina through its depiction in the book and TV series "Outlander." On this week's season finale, we look to the future of the "Outlander" story with a visit to Moores Creek National Battlefield, the site of an early American Revolution battle defined by the involvement and sacrifice of Scottish Highlanders on the Loyalist side. How did the Scottish brand of war translate to the American fight for freedom? And how did the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge forever change North Carolina history? This week's guest is Jason Howell, park historian and historic weapons supervisor for Moores Creek National Battlefield in Currie, NC. This podcast is produced by Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, Wilmington's largest and oldest historic site. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:26

S1E9: Outlander in the Cape Fear: The American Indian and the Revolution

4/28/2022
"Burgwin-Wright Presents... Outlander in the Cape Fear" explores the history of Colonial North Carolina through its depiction in the book and TV series "Outlander." On this week's episode, we look at the involvement of American Indian tribes in the Revolutionary War. In the "Outlander" story, characters have long interacted with tribes like the Cherokee and Mohawk, but what is the true history of Indigenous Americans in North Carolina before the war and how involved were they in the war that would give birth to an independent America? This week's guest is David La Vere, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of such books as "The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies." This podcast is produced by Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, Wilmington's largest and oldest historic site. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:54:23

S1E8: Outlander in the Cape Fear: Scottish Forever

4/21/2022
"Burgwin-Wright Presents... Outlander in the Cape Fear" explores the history of Colonial North Carolina through its depiction in the book and TV series "Outlander." On this week's episode, we are jumping into the future for a look at the current culture of Scottish heritage in North Carolina. The story of the Scots in America begins in the early 1700s, before Claire and Jamie Fraser arrive in 1767 in the "Outlander" story. The immigration of those Highlanders put down roots that have flourished into a thriving present-day community that celebrates its ancestors through Scottish Societies and events like the Port City Highland Games on May 14. This week's guest is Bob McLeod, a board member and former co-president of the Scottish Society of Wilmington. For more information about the Scottish Society of Wilmington, including how to join, visit WilmingtonScots.org. This podcast is produced by Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, Wilmington's largest and oldest historic site. For more information about the Burgwin-Wright House, visit BurgwinWrightHouse.com. Cover art design by Rachel Ross. Support the podcast and donate!: https://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com/donate1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:38:05