Quality of Life

Nestled in the heart of Pender County, Burgaw is a charming small town known for its friendly people and picturesque surroundings.  However, it also boasts ample economic opportunities and has convenient access to the amenities of an urban center.  It is located 25 minutes west of Wilmington’s ILM International Airport and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Interstate 40, NC Highway 53, and US Highway 117 run through town, providing convenient access to three airports, two urban centers, and several small towns.  While bordered by abundant forests and bountiful farmlands, Burgaw is a mere 25 minutes away from area beaches.  Along with a rich history, the town possesses modern facilities for education, industry, medical care, and Pender County’s government offices. 

While originally formed as a railroad community, its rich farmlands, festivals, and historic architecture currently shape the town’s identity and future.  The fertile soils of nearby fields have produced plentiful crops of corn, tobacco, soybeans, cotton, and several types of berries for generations.  Blueberries have made up one of Pender County’s largest crops since first cultivated in the 1930s.  Burgaw is now home of the annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival which attracts nearby residents along with the visitors from across the United States to the heart of downtown.   The festival continues to increase in size each year and has become a destination event; an estimated 30,000 visitors attended in 2009.  Burgaw is also the home of the Pender County Spring Festival.  This annual May event showcases local entertainment and business and provides fun for the whole family.  Booths offering handmade crafts and homegrown foods and plants dot Courthouse Square. 

Burgaw is definitely a town that has retained its small town charm.  A variety of shopping opportunities, town and county offices, schools, nine parks, and the local library are all within walking or biking distance of the town’s residential neighborhoods.  Here in Burgaw, we still shop at local stores, know the farmer who grows our food, and join our neighbors for a walk along Osgood Canal Trail or meet them at the coffee shop on Saturday mornings.  Spend your weekends at the Pender Memorial ball park or take a short drive to boat, fish, or kayak on the Black River or Northeast Cape Fear.  Come to Burgaw for its tight-knit community, close friends, and leisurely pace, and have the kind of life you always dreamed of.