The North Carolina Visitor Center





Burgaw, North Carolina

By: Donna Best-Klingel, Executive Director

Burgaw Area Chamber of Commerce



Nestled in the heart of Pender County, Burgaw is a quaint little town that exemplifies true southern charm. With a population of around 4,000, the town is notorious for friendly folks and picturesque surroundings. With easy access to Interstate 40, the town is located just 25 minutes west of Wilmington’s ILM International Airport and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Roads such as NC Highway 53 and US Highway 117 run directly through town, providing several avenues to a variety of shopping and dining destinations. Heavily bordered by farmlands and woods, Burgaw is a mere 30 minutes away from area beaches and just minutes from the Cape Fear River.


A nationally recognized historic district encompasses much of the downtown region. Fifty-four historic structures in the district are highlighted in the town’s Self-Guided Walking Tour Map. Area businesses capitalize on this heritage through thriving antique and vintage shops located throughout downtown. Cafés, pubs and coffee houses are interwoven comfortably amongst the 18th and 19th century buildings.


As the county seat for Pender, Burgaw is home to the Pender County Courthouse. Situated in the heart of the downtown business district, the three story H-shaped structure holds a mixture of Georgian Revival and Colonial Revival architectural features. Built in the early 1900’s, the courthouse is one of the most attractive historical buildings in Burgaw. Surrounded by period lighting, sidewalks and 100 year-old Oak trees, the “courthouse square” is a favorite walking spot for locals to enjoy.


Just one street over from the courthouse is the Burgaw Depot. Spanning 160 years of history, the Depot has miraculously survived through storms, war, neglect and well intentioned notions of civic progress. The Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trail. Built in 1850, the Depot may be the oldest surviving building relating to the original rail line from Wilmington to Weldon which was dubbed the “longest railroad in the world” when the first train made the inaugural journey in 1840. The Burgaw Depot is a rare antebellum railroad structure expanded, adapted and rehabilitated through the years to serve the changing economy of a small southern community. Tenants of the depot are the Burgaw Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pender County Arts Council, and the Burgaw Depot Historic Preservation Foundation.


If you’ve ever visited Burgaw, you may find yourself wondering why the town looks so familiar. Burgaw has been the destination for a number of movies, music videos, and documentaries, along with television specials. The town’s historical infrastructure and modern amenities have made Burgaw an attractive choice for film companies looking to shoot outside traditional locations like Los Angeles, California, and New York City. Paul Newman, John Travolta, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Maya Angelou, Ashley Judd Danny Glover and Mary Tyler Moore are a just a few of the famous faces to have visited Burgaw.


Burgaw is home to the North Carolina Blueberry Festival which attracts over 30,000 visitors from across the United States. Held on the third Saturday in June, the festival has become a premiere event for Southeastern North Carolina. This year, the festival will be held on Saturday, June 19 from 9 am until 9 pm. Visitors to the festival will enjoy live entertainment throughout the day, over one hundred arts and craft vendors, a 5K Run, BBQ cook-off, classic car show, food vendors from across the state, children’s activities, an antique show and sale and of course, plenty of fresh blueberries and blueberry baked goods. To show their blueberry spirit, area businesses will be offering blueberry themed specials throughout the month of the June. For more information on the festival, visit:


The town of Burgaw features all the benefits of a thriving community with a rich history. So whether you’re a visitor or long-term resident, Burgaw is sure to offer whatever it is you wish to find.


We look forward to seeing you!