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

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Upcoming Events

  • October 21 - 22:
    Port Brunswick Days

    Saturday and Sumday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Join us at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site on October 21 and 22, 2017 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, take a turn in the stocks and pillory, dip their own beeswax candle, and much more. Free and fun for all ages!

  • November 4:
    The Great Pumkin Blowout

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Has that jack-o-lantern on your front porch outlived his usefulness? Dispose of him in an unique and rather explosive way implementing the same technology used to detonate Civil War era torpedoes! $10 fee per pumpkin and BYOP (Bring your own pumpkin). It is free to watch, but YOU get to press the button to detonate if you bring your own! Pumpkins with minimum carving offer the best explosions, but we can work with all types. We will be detonating on the 30 minute mark, and can detonate up to three pumpkins during each session. If there is a specific time that you would like to participate, please call the site to reserve your time. Otherwise, this event is first come, first served.

  • December 10:
    An 18th Century Christmas

    Sunday, 1 - 5:50 pm
    Join us once again this holiday season, as we explore how the American colonists celebrated Christmas. Costumed interpreters will provide guided tours of St. Philips Anglican Church on the hour. During the program, you can enjoy Colonial refreshments in the Visitor Center, participate in traditional games, or try your hand at Moravian paper stars and other 18th century crafts. The highlight of the evening will be an authentic period candlelit service in the ruins of St. Philips Church. The service will begin at 5:00pm and will conclude by 5:30pm. Parking for this event will be $5 per car.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

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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.
Note: From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, we are open on Sundays from noon to 5pm.

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