Brunswick Town State Historic Site is on the Cape Fear River at 8884 St. Phillips Rd. S.E. This was one of Colonial North Carolina's leading seaports until the outbreak of the American Revolution; residents fled, and few returned when the war ended.
The excavated foundations of Brunswick Town buildings are now archeological exhibits; the ruins of St. Philip's Anglican Church are noteworthy. Fort Anderson was built on top of the old townsite during the Confederacy. A visitor center offers museum exhibits and an introductory video. There also is an accessible walkway on the grounds.