WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Burns-Huggins House on North 7th Street has had its share of ups and downs. After suffering a devastating fire last February, homeowner Suzanne Stanley has it restored and ready for this year’s Azalea Festival Historic Home Tour.
Built in 1832, the Burns-Huggins House is a Wilmington Plain home. Now a part of historic downtown, it was once considered to be in a rural part of town.
“The end of the city was at 4th Street, so this was country,” Stanley said. “So this is a country house. This is a farm house.”
Owen Burns purchased the property in 1853 for $600. From there, it went through two more owners, one of whom was a Civil War soldier and watchmaker, Mr. Whitney. He was known to be a creature of habit.
“Dinner was noon. Supper was evening,” Stanley said. “And he would come out at exactly 4:45 and shut all of the shutters. ”
Stanley added her own touches with her affection for Gen. George. In the front hallway, vibrant colors dance across the wall in a mural a friend painted for her. Each Civil War soldier has the face of one of her family members. Despite the few changes, Stanley embraces the history of the home.
“When I opened up the front door and walked in for the first time, I cried, because all my life I’ve been going to historic places,” she said.
More than four walls and a foundation, this place represents “Tradition, heritage, historic and safe,” Stanley said. “I love living downtown.”
Even an old home like this can offer some fresh fun to Stanley’s granddaughter, Cora.
“I like to slide down the railing,” Cora said.
The Home Tour runs Saturday 1-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information visit http://www.historicwilmington.org/.