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Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

Colonial Period – Civil War

A major pre-Revolutionary port on North Carolina's Cape Fear River, Brunswick was razed by British troops in 1776 and never rebuilt. During the Civil War, Fort Anderson was constructed atop the old village site, and served as part of the Cape Fear River defenses below Wilmington before the fall of the Confederacy. Colonial foundations dot the present-day tour trail, which crosses the earthworks of the Confederate fort.

The Site

Read the complete overview.


Brunswick Belle newsletter

Other Websites

Eastern Regional Map

From Port to Fort: The history of Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson

American Indians

Building a Colonial Port


St. Philips Church

Spanish Attack

Early Revolutionaries

The End of Brunswick Town

Building a Confederate Fort

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

What's New

  • Starting July 12 through Labor Day weekend we will be open Sundays from noon to 5pm.

  • Looking for a memorable venue for your wedding? Select locations at Brunswick Town are available for that special occasion. Contact Shannon Walker at (910) 371-6613 for details and pricing.

Upcoming Events

  • July 3:
    The museum will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3rd. The museum will re-open to the public on Saturday, July 4th.

  • October 24:
    Port Brunswick Day

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Join us for Port Brunswick Day. Living historians, dressed in 18th century attire, will demonstrate what life was once like in this early port town on the lower Cape Fear. Visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at the militia drill, visit with the colonial dentist, take a turn in the stocks and pillory, dip their own beeswax candle, and much, much more!

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Information

Contact Us

Brunswick Town
8884 St. Philip's Rd. SE
Winnabow, NC 28479
Phone: (910) 371-6613
Email: brunswick@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Starting July 12 through Labor Day weekend we will be open Sundays from noon to 5pm.

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