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Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site

8884 Saint Phillips Road Southeast, Winnabow, NC 28479, USA

Fort Anderson, an earthen fortification, was constructed in March 1862 as part of the overall Cape Fear defense system. This system protected the Cape Fear River channel to the port of Wilmington, which was a major supply line to the Confederate forces. On February 19, 1865, a month after Fort Fisher's fall, a severe bombardment by the Union navy and an encircling movement by Union land forces caused the abandonment of Fort Anderson by Confederates who fled northward to Wilmington.


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Take Interstate 40 east to Wilmington. The interstate ends and becomes College Road. Take U.S. 17/74 south/west through Wilmington. Remain on this highway to the Southport/Leland exit. Take this exit and follow N.C. 133 south. Go approximately seventeen miles and follow the signs to Brunswick Town. From Southport take N.C. 133 north approximately 15 miles to the site.

Visitor Services

Museum, gift shop, information, rest rooms, handicapped access, trails, visitor center, picnic facilities, guided and self-guided tours

Regular Events

February, Civil War encampment; Late fall, Heritage Days.

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Admission Fee

Free, donations accepted


Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Closed Sunday and Monday.



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