Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site Located on the western banks of the lower Cape Fear, the history of Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson spans over two centuries... A major pre-Revolutionary port on North Carolina's Cape Fear River, Brunswick was razed by British troops in 1776 and never rebuilt.
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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 di

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 di

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It’s that time again! Round Two of “Summer Thunder” is this Friday night. Be sure to check our Events section for more i...
06/23/2021

It’s that time again! Round Two of “Summer Thunder” is this Friday night. Be sure to check our Events section for more information!

It’s that time again! Round Two of “Summer Thunder” is this Friday night. Be sure to check our Events section for more information!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the site last night! Our next night firing will be June 25th.
05/29/2021

Thank you to everyone who came out to the site last night! Our next night firing will be June 25th.

Last night’s first “Summer Thunder” nighttime cannon firing event was awesome! The next is June 25. We recommend bug spray.

Our sister site, Alamance Battleground State Historic Site, has a lot going on this weekend! Be sure to check out their ...
05/15/2021

Our sister site, Alamance Battleground State Historic Site, has a lot going on this weekend! Be sure to check out their Facebook and YouTube pages for all of their virtual offerings.

Stay tuned to Facebook and YouTube this weekend for our #BattleofAlamance250 virtual event! We have a weekend worth of videos, interviews, online exhibits, and more!

And if you are in the Burlington area, be sure to visit the site Saturday evening for the Alamance Battleground Illumination - 250th Anniversary!

This May, BT/FA is privileged and honored to have the opportunity to participate in the YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s “Missing ...
05/07/2021

This May, BT/FA is privileged and honored to have the opportunity to participate in the YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Red Dress Exhibit”.

“In the United States, Indigenous Women are 10x more likely to be murdered than the national average. These staggering statistics, along with the importance of Native women's role in tribal communities, has sparked the MMIWG movement across North America. In North Carolina there are 600+ cases of MMIWG, in 2019, there were 266 reported cases of human trafficking, and North Carolina ranks in the top 10 for reports of human trafficking to the National Hotline. This exhibit raises awareness to the epidemic and pushes a local and state-wide effort to bring the missing women home.”

For more information on this important project: https://gsn033.wixsite.com/thereddressexhibit?fbclid=IwAR00qMOh-vSLsEmZgm2cXbtGURSlzsZmvScHZp3e-9yQElHJ_6mrHGph02E

This May, BT/FA is privileged and honored to have the opportunity to participate in the YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Red Dress Exhibit”.

“In the United States, Indigenous Women are 10x more likely to be murdered than the national average. These staggering statistics, along with the importance of Native women's role in tribal communities, has sparked the MMIWG movement across North America. In North Carolina there are 600+ cases of MMIWG, in 2019, there were 266 reported cases of human trafficking, and North Carolina ranks in the top 10 for reports of human trafficking to the National Hotline. This exhibit raises awareness to the epidemic and pushes a local and state-wide effort to bring the missing women home.”

For more information on this important project: https://gsn033.wixsite.com/thereddressexhibit?fbclid=IwAR00qMOh-vSLsEmZgm2cXbtGURSlzsZmvScHZp3e-9yQElHJ_6mrHGph02E

04/30/2021

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!! Phase I of our new Cushing’s Cove Trail System is open to the public! This short (.33 of a mile to and back) mostly flat walking trail is the first in a series of nature trails that will allow the visitor to explore the area between the main site and Russellborough. This first phase, called “Bonnie’s Way” in memory of long time volunteer Bonnie Thomas, culminates in a beautiful overlook of the Cape Fear River.

Here’s a quick (and vertigo inducing) peek at Bonnie’s Way! And expect the next trail phases to begin opening in the winter.

If you’ve visited the site recently, you may have noticed that a number of prescribed burns have been conducted to clear...
03/14/2021

If you’ve visited the site recently, you may have noticed that a number of prescribed burns have been conducted to clear yaupon and other scrub from natural areas on the site. This is all in preparation for a special surprise we will be unveiling in April. Stay tuned!

If you’ve visited the site recently, you may have noticed that a number of prescribed burns have been conducted to clear yaupon and other scrub from natural areas on the site. This is all in preparation for a special surprise we will be unveiling in April. Stay tuned!

02/20/2021

Yes, it feels like an eternity since 2020’s “Plunging Shot and Screaming Shell” event... but we can assure you that it’s only been a year. We hope that we’ll be able to once again have a blast together in February 2022... until then, here’s a little artillery power from last year’s event to help lessen the sting.

Sharing on behalf of our sister site, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, in Statesville, NC.
02/14/2021

Sharing on behalf of our sister site, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, in Statesville, NC.

Happy Birthday to Stanley South: the father of historical archaeology and the only self proclaimed “groundhog” to call B...
02/03/2021

Happy Birthday to Stanley South: the father of historical archaeology and the only self proclaimed “groundhog” to call Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson home.

Happy Birthday to Stanley South: the father of historical archaeology and the only self proclaimed “groundhog” to call Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson home.

The second batch of our limited edition "Stamp Act Resistance" tees are now available for purchase! These will only be o...
01/02/2021
The Stamp Act Resistance | Bonfire

The second batch of our limited edition "Stamp Act Resistance" tees are now available for purchase! These will only be on sale between January 2nd and 17th, and once they are gone, they are gone! If you missed your chance to get in on the first batch, be sure to order yours today!

Benefit maintenance and education at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.. February 2021 marks the 255th Anniversary of the Stamp Act Resistance at Port ...

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will be CLOSED to the public starting Thursday, December 24th through M...
12/23/2020

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will be CLOSED to the public starting Thursday, December 24th through Monday, December 28th. Our gates will reopen on Tuesday, December 29th.

In addition, the site will be closed to the public on Friday, January 1st in observance of New Years Day.

The staff at BT/FA sends happy and healthy holiday wishes to you and yours!

~ Jim, Shannon, Nick, Chris, and Drew

12/19/2020
A Quick Visit With America's First Santa

A Quick Visit with America's First Santa

A fifteen minute exploration into the origins of Santa Claus as we know him today.

*Closed Captioning Available*

A few peaceful shots of St. Philips in her holiday greenery. And a huge thank you to everyone who visited over the cours...
12/14/2020

A few peaceful shots of St. Philips in her holiday greenery. And a huge thank you to everyone who visited over the course of our two evening “A Light in the Darkest of Nights”.

Miss Saturday’s “A Light in the Darkest of Nights?” Our gates reopen today, Sunday, December 13, from 4pm-7pm for your c...
12/13/2020

Miss Saturday’s “A Light in the Darkest of Nights?” Our gates reopen today, Sunday, December 13, from 4pm-7pm for your chance to see St. Philips by candlelight, hear cannon fire (the Christmas gun), or walk the site at sunset or after dark. For those who choose to walk the site once the sun goes down, we do recommend bringing a flashlight.

While there is no charge, we ask that visitors remember and follow the “Three W’s” as outlined by the NC Department of Health and Human Services:
-WEAR a cloth mask over your nose and mouth
-WAIT in line at least six feet away from others
-WASH your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.

BT/FA will be completely closed to the public on Thursday, November 26th, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.For those that wi...
11/25/2020

BT/FA will be completely closed to the public on Thursday, November 26th, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

For those that wish to burn off a few post-Thanksgiving calories, our grounds and restrooms will be open to the public on Friday, November 27th, from 9am-5pm.

We will resume our normal operations and our Visitor Center will reopen to the public on Saturday, November 28th, at 9am.

Have a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!

11/21/2020
Moores Creek National Battlefield

Join Moores Creek National Battlefield for their Virtual Candlelight Tour and journey back to 1776.

And just maybe you’ll spot a few familiar faces...

Grab a cup of hot chocolate, cider, or your favorite hot beverage, and join Moores Creek National Battlefield, on a journey back to 1776. Living historians will share the stories of the men and women who played a pivotal part in the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge.

BT/FA will be closed to the public on Wednesday, November 11th due to the Veterans Day state holiday. Our gates will reo...
11/10/2020

BT/FA will be closed to the public on Wednesday, November 11th due to the Veterans Day state holiday. Our gates will reopen and we will resume our normal operating hours on Thursday, November 12th.

11/06/2020

It’s been a few days, and we may still be cleaning up the pumpkin “shrapnel”. 🎃💥
A big thank you to everyone who attended this past Sunday’s “Great Pumpkin Blowout”! This event is always such a blast!

Next year’s program is scheduled to take place on November 6, 2021 - so mark those calendars!

(A huge thank you to Phoenix Myles for this awesome footage)

11/04/2020
Singing on the Land featuring Andrea Edith Moore and Shana Tucker at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

In this installment of Singing on the Land soprano Andrea Edith Moore and cellist Shana Tucker deliver a beautifully sparse arrangement of Samuel Barber’s art song “Sure on This Shining Night.” The lyrics, which are borrowed from novelist James Agee’s work Description of Elysium, tell of a narrator dreaming of the healing that summer will bring while staring at the stars on a cold winter’s night, a theme that Moore said, "Felt right… during this time where we’re all very concerned with sickness and health.”

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site is layered with North Carolina colonial and confederate history.

Founded in 1726, Brunswick Town was created to provide the British government a new port in North Carolina. Located on the southern banks of the Cape Fear River near its entry into the Atlantic Ocean, Brunswick Town grew to become an international port. It became a site of societal change during the Stamp Act crisis of 1765 with one of the first successful armed rebellions against British authority in America. But by the end of the Revolutionary War, the community had disbanded as political, economic and trade forces had shifted commerce away from the town.

Nearly a century later, Fort Anderson was constructed on top of Brunswick Town as one of a chain of forts that defended Wilmington during the Civil War. Upon the Confederate’s defeat, the fort was used as a refugee camp by the Freedmen’s Bureau, housing as many as 3,500 newly freed African Americans.

Many of the physical buildings that would tell the story of this place are now gone, but a number of key structures still stand today. Remnants of homes and businesses bear witness to the story of Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, an official state historic site that offers North Carolinians a window into the complex history of our country.

The walls of St. Philips Church, which serves as the final resting place of Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs, provide a fitting visual and sonic backdrop for this performance, and Moore and Tucker’s rendition of this song fill the space wonderfully.

11/02/2020
Come Hear North Carolina

A sneak peek at Wednesday’s “Singing on the Land”. We can’t wait to share it with you!!

This week Singing on the Land visits Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site! Wednesday we will be premiering a video performance from Soprano Andrea Edith Moore and cellist Shana Tucker.

Singing on the Land is a virtual music project that celebrates the stories of historic sites across North Carolina through the voices of North Carolina musicians.

Today’s the day! “The Great Pumpkin Blowout” begins at noon and runs until 5pm. Remember that this is a BYOP event (brin...
11/01/2020

Today’s the day! “The Great Pumpkin Blowout” begins at noon and runs until 5pm. Remember that this is a BYOP event (bring your own pumpkin) and the $10 fee serves as a fundraiser for the site. This year due to shortages, we are sad to say that we are unable to offer pumpkins for purchase...
As an alternative we will offer folks without a pumpkin a chance to detonate torpedoes in water for the same fee as a pumpkin detonation.

Today 255 years ago...
10/31/2020

Today 255 years ago...

Have you ever heard of the phrase "Read between the lines?”

Royal Officials in Wilmington, North Carolina should have heeded that question in October of 1765.

From our earlier post on October 19, Wilmington residents, in protest of the Stamp Act, burned in effigy a local man who supported the Stamp Act on October 19, 1765. On October 31, that same year, the residents of Wilmington took to the streets again in protest on All Hallows Eve. A line of mourners filled the streets of Wilmington led by the beat of a drum and a wooden casket. Inside the wooden casket was an effigy of Liberty; Liberty was dead and headed to the grave. Before the casket lowered into the ground, one of the mourners ran over, tore open the lid, reached in, and took the pulse of Liberty one last time. A wave of enthusiasm rushed over the man’s face as he exclaimed Liberty had “life yet to live.” The excitement from the protesters led to a festive gathering with plenty of drink, highlighted by a huge bonfire.

Although the protest on October 31, 1765 took on a theatrical vibe, the inhabitants of Wilmington, North Carolina had drawn the proverbial line in the sand when it came to the Stamp Act. Liberty would prevail and would not go quietly to the grave. It was in essence a warning; to all who would try to enforce the Stamp Act in the colony, it would be met with resistance.
To learn more about the events leading up to the Stamp Act Crises in North Carolina, look for our future post on November 16, when a Royal Official gets a few unexpected visitors at his front door, or stop by the visitor center and ask a ranger.

In addition, you can visit Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site for more information regarding this unique event in North Carolina Colonial History.

Photo shows several re-enactors portraying this protest with a bonfire behind them and a wooden casket in front of them at dusk.

Image is courtesy of Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site. https://www.facebook.com/BrunswickTownFortAnderson/

Learn more about Moores Creek National Battlefield checkout our website: https://www.nps.gov/mocr/index.htm
#AllHallowsEve #Halloween #StampActCrisis #BrunswickTown #CorneliusHarnett #WilliamTryon #Liberty #FindYourPark #MooresCreekNationalBattlefield

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who ordered an anti-Stamp Act shirt and contributed to our Bonfire campaign! You raised $35...
10/30/2020

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who ordered an anti-Stamp Act shirt and contributed to our Bonfire campaign! You raised $358.33 towards educational programming and maintenance here at BT/FA!

For those who placed an order, your shirts shipped TODAY - so be on the lookout. And for those who did not order, we hope to have a second campaign in January 2021.

Did you join us on Saturday evening for “Things That Go BOOM in the Night”? Would you like to see more opportunities to ...
10/26/2020

Did you join us on Saturday evening for “Things That Go BOOM in the Night”? Would you like to see more opportunities to visit BTFA after dark? Let us know!

PS: Our next event, “The Great Pumpkin Blowout” is THIS coming Sunday from noon-5pm! Check out our events section for more information.

We’ve heard from a number of folks over the last few weeks asking about our “Port Brunswick Days” program. Sadly, due to...
10/21/2020

We’ve heard from a number of folks over the last few weeks asking about our “Port Brunswick Days” program. Sadly, due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions we will NOT be able to hold this program in 2020.

However, we are holding an alternate, social distancing friendly mini-event the evening of October 24th: “Things That Go Boom in the Night” (Please see our Events section for more information). Additionally, during the day on October 24th, we will be conducting naval stores demonstrations at 10:30am and 1:30pm.

On this day 255 years ago... a group of nearly 500 individuals gathered in the city of Wilmington in protest of the soon...
10/20/2020

On this day 255 years ago... a group of nearly 500 individuals gathered in the city of Wilmington in protest of the soon to be instated Stamp Act. This rowdy group made a large bonfire from the ever present tar barrels, and in protest, hanged and burned an effigy of a “certain Honorable Gentleman”. Lots of drinking and yelling in the streets followed thereafter, but the assemblage made sure to disperse and head home by midnight.

Who was this man that this effigy represented? It may have been the “Lord Bute” that the colonists were wishing confusion upon in their rallying cries. John Stuart, Third Earl of Bute, was a royal favorite and tutor/close confidant of King George III. He briefly served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and negotiated the end of the Seven Years War (French and Indian War). But, he was a Scotsman, and greatly disliked by many in England. He proposed the Cider Tax in Great Britain in an effort to relieve debt from the war, however, this was met with great outrage, and hastened Bute’s departure from politics in 1763. His successor, George Grenville, would be the one to bring about the Stamp Act in the colonies, but much of the blame for the act fell on Bute due to his close connections to the King, as well as a smear campaign by John Wilkes.

A Bute effigy was also burned in Charleston, SC on October 19, 1765. This may have been in the form of the “Jackboot” as seen in the accompanying cartoon.

Less than 14 hours left to order your "This is the Place to Affix the STAMP" shirt! Remember that these are NOT availabl...
10/17/2020
The Stamp Act Resistance | Bonfire

Less than 14 hours left to order your "This is the Place to Affix the STAMP" shirt! Remember that these are NOT available onsite. Once this campaign wraps up we will not offer another one until January 2021. Orders will ship October 26th.
https://www.bonfire.com/the-stamp-act-resistance/

Benefit maintenance and education at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.. February 2021 marks the 255th Anniversary of the Stamp Act Resistance at Port ...

The clock is ticking... only SIX days left to order your limited edition Stamp Act shirt.
10/11/2020
The Stamp Act Resistance | Bonfire

The clock is ticking... only SIX days left to order your limited edition Stamp Act shirt.

Benefit maintenance and education at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.. February 2020 marks the 255th Anniversary of the Stamp Act Resistance at Port ...

Address

8884 Saint Philips Rd SE
Winnabow, NC
28479

General information

There is no admission price to visit Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson. Dogs are allowed on the site, however, leashes are required. We ask you to please respect the historic nature of the site; it is illegal to deface, climb on, take, or otherwise desecrate any structure or object found on site.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(910) 371-6613

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Join us for fun, prizes and HISTORY on Tuesday night.
Is the site open yet after the storm?
One of many from the 155th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson.
CLOSED today and ongoing it appears with construction. Was able to walk the Town.
IT'S OFFICIAL - "The Flag That Killed Lincoln" was honored in three categories - production, editing and music. Available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD72PDBeTq4
Can you bring a dog ?
Might have been the most popular place at the old colonial site!
wind, rain, river flooding, 'gators. hurricane florence brought it all to brunswick town.
Really enjoyed our visit on Wednesday.