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.


Other Websites

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

  • Brunswick Town Site to Remain Closed Through Mid-November

    Due to damage from Hurricane Florence, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will remain closed until at least mid-November. The site grounds sustained heavy damage that has made conditions unsafe for the public.
    According to site manager Jim McKee, the site "lost at least 52 trees, 137 heavy limbs, and had 18 trees topped out. In addition, the causeway at Orton Pond burst and 450 feet of the newly paved road was lost."
    It was reported to McKee that it will be at least another month before the causeway road will be available to general traffic. The Visitor Center sustained some damage and staff is waiting for the building to be inspected and evaluated. All artifacts and exhibits have been evaluated and secured.

  • Upcoming Events

    • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

    View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Information

Contact Us

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

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Note: From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, we are open on Sundays from noon to 5pm.

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