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

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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 Nick Monroe at or (910) 371-6613 for details and pricing.

Upcoming Events

  • February 18 and 19:
    Plunging Shot and Screaming Shell

    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Begin 2017 with a literal "bang"! Come out and experience the sounds of artillery, and feel the ground quake beneath your feet. Take the "rammer" or "worm" in your hand and try to master an artillery drill. Or try to tackle the physics behind landing the perfect shot with our marble launching activity. Guided tours atop Fort Anderson will be offered both Saturday and Sunday for a $10 fee (tickets to be purchased inside the visitor center on the day of the event). All proceeds from tours go to the Gun Emplacement Fund, an effort by the Friends of Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson to install a working seacoast gun into the Southern Battery of Fort Anderson.

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

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