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

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

Upcoming Events

  • April 28:
    Bartram Day

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Become an 18th century naturalist like John and William Bartram! This father/son duo visited the area in the 1760s and documented the unique environment of southeastern North Carolina. Learn about some of the creatures who once inhabited the colonial Cape Fear (and many that still do!) Use a compass to find your way around the ruins of Brunswick. Test your artistic skills and create your own journal detailing your "travels" through the wilds of Carolina, and more! This special event is free, and open to the public.

  • 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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