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Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site
8884 St. Philips Rd. SE
off N.C. Hwy. 133
Winnabow, NC 28479

(910) 371-6613

At this site stood the first successful, permanent European settlement between Charleston and New Bern. It was founded in 1726, by Roger and Maurice Moore, who recognized an unprecedented real estate opportunity in the wake of the Tuscarora War, 1711-13. The site served as port and political center. Russelborough, home of two royal governors, once stood nearby. In 1748, the settlement was attacked by Spanish privateers, who were soundly defeated in a surprise counterattack by the Brunswick settlers. A painting of Christ (Ecce Homo), reputedly 400 years old, was among the Spanish ship's plunder and now hangs in St. James Episcopal Church in Wilmington. At Brunswick Town one of the first instances of armed resistance to the British crown occurred in response to the Stamp Act and in retribution, the British burned Brunswick in 1776.

In 1862 Fort Anderson was built upon the site, by the Confederacy to help defend the Port of Wilmington from Union attack. The earthworks construction of the fort withstood cannon shelling. The sand, shell and other organic materials are able to absorb impact and 95 percent of the fort is intact; making it one of the best examples of earthwork forts that exist today.

Admission to the historic site is free and open to the public all year, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 AM until 5 PM. The site is closed on most major holidays. From Wilmington, take N.C. 133 about 18 miles to Plantation Road. Signs will direct you to the site (exit left) that lies close to Orton Plantation. The site's visitors center offers a gift shop, a research library, an exhibit hall, a 14-minute video presentation on the history of Old Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson, staff offices and handicapped accessibility. A new paved ADA walkway has been installed to give visitors a full-circle, handicapped accessible trail to explore the site as well as Russellborough. There is also a handicapped accessible picnic area.


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