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Posted: 07.21.2015

The area around Southport is rich in history as well as natural beauty. When you're ready to take a break from the beach, consider a visit to Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson.  Brunswick Town was originally settled in 1726, and was a major port and thriving small town on the Cape Fear River during the years before the American Revolution. It was burned to the ground by the British in 1776, and left largely forgotten until the Civil War, when the Confederate army built a large fort on the same site.  They named it Fort Anderson and used it as part of their river defense of the city of Wilmington until it fell to Federal forces in 1865.  The site once again fell into disrepair until the late 1950's when archaeologists began excavating and uncovering foundations dating to Brunswick's earliest days.  Today's visitors can see the Colonial-era foundations as well as the surviving walls of St. Philips Anglican church dating from 1754.  The fortifications and battlements of the Civil War fort are also visible as one explores this beautiful setting on the Cape Fear. There is also an excellent museum which explains and illustrates the long and interesting history of the area.  Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson is located at 8884 St. Philips Rd SE, Winnabow, NC 28479, and is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00.  During the summer, until Labor Day, it is also open on Sundays from noon until 5:00.  Call 910-371-6613 for more information.

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