Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson State Historic Site, Winnabow

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.

Today Brunswick is one of North Carolina's State Historic Sites. Situated on over 100 acres of land located directly on the Cape Fear River, the site and Visitor Center/Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm. While at Brunswick you can visit the site’s Museum to learn more about the Spanish Attack of 1748, in which a small group of citizens defended the town against the onslaught of Spanish Privateers; the Stamp Act Resistance of 1766, the first successful armed rebellion against British authority in the American Colonies; and the fall of Ft. Anderson in 1865, a structure which is today one of the best preserved earthen fortifications in the United States. Fully ADA accessible and rich in Colonial and Civil War history, this serene riverside setting makes for a memorable outing.
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  • Interesting colonial and civil war history paired with a lovely walk. Made for a pleasant stop on the way home from the beach. Dedicated staff has kept site running while hurricane damage from 2018 is...  more »
  • Came here looking for the historic sites of the area and it did not disappoint. The bearded gentleman in the museum is extremely knowledgeable and his info was worth more than the items in the gift sh...  more »
  • Had an enjoyable visit recently. The exhibit hall of nicely renovated which covers the history of the area from the Native Americans through the Civil War. There were many artifacts with excellent descriptions. Aside from the exhibit hall, most of the site is outside. The remains of the church were beautiful and well marked with artistic renderings of what it would have looked like and also details of the citizens buried on the church grounds. Some feedback I would offer is some signage to indicate that part of the walking path is closed. We thought we could walk all the way around the perimeter of the fort but after getting 3/4 of the way around there was yellow tape and we had to turn around. In the middle of summer this was a bummer.
  • This State historical site is a dream. At the town/ fort the history is awesome. The museum at the site is probably the best in the State. Early Spanish, Colonial to Civil War history is yours. The people inside the museum are some of the best you will find working in North Carolina.

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