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

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Upcoming Events

  • Month of July
    Special Saturday Guided Tours

    During the month of July, we will be offering special guided tours every Saturday. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to enter areas of the site that are not normally accessible to the public. Explore the ruins of an 18th century home, or view the Cape Fear River from atop Fort Anderson! Site historians dressed in period attire will conduct tours each Saturday at 11:00am and 1:00pm, and tours will last approximately 45 minutes. The morning tour will focus on the 18th century town, while the afternoon will focus on the Civil War fort. Prices for tours will be $5.00 each for ages 13 and up. Attend both tours and receive a $2 discount. All tours take place outdoors, and will not be held in the event of inclement weather. For more information or to reserve a spot call (910) 371-6613, or e-mail

  • August 2 – September 13:
    Queen Anne's Revenge Exhibit

    This is your chance to see artifacts recovered from the wreck of pirate Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge. Come out for the exhibit opening on August 2nd and participate in a "treasure hunt", make your own pirate flag, and visit with a few "scurvy dogs"! The exhibit is free, and open to the public. Donations are always appreciated.

  • August 9:
    Mine Games: Torpedo Warfare in the Cape Fear River

    Saturday, 10 am - 4pm
    Visitors will learn about the role torpedoes played in the Cape Fear Defense System during the Civil War. These deadly water mines were more feared by the Union Navy than most of the forts. Demonstrations will be held on the hour. The event is free, and open to the public.

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.

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