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

  • November 1:
    Colonial Day at Brunswick

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    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, visit with the colonial dentist, take a turn in the stocks and pillory, dip their own beeswax candle, and much more! Admission is free, and open to the public.

  • November 11:
    Site Closed

    We will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day (state holiday) on Tuesday, November 11th, reopening Wednesday, November 12th on our regular schedule. "Thank You" to all veterans for your service.

  • December 14:
    An 18th Century Christmas

    Sunday, 1 - 5:30 pm
    Explore how the American colonists celebrated Christmas. Costumed interpreters will provide guided tours of St. Philips Anglican Church and historic Brunswick 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 Anglican Church. The service will begin at 5:00pm and will conclude by 5:30pm.

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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