The 158th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson will be commemorated Saturday, Feb. 18, at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.
The free activities showing what life was like for soldiers and civilians during the American Civil War are scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors will be able to see infantry demonstrations, medical and embalming interpretations, and presentations throughout the day.
From 6-7:30 p.m., visitors can witness a reenactment of the final hours of Fort Anderson during the “Plunging Shot and Screaming Shells” program.
Admission for the evening event is $10 for ages 16 and up when bought in advance online or $15 if purchased at the gate. Ages 15 and under will be admitted free. Tickets purchased in advance online should be shown at the gate to be admitted for the program.
A major pre-Revolutionary port on North Carolina’s Cape Fear River, Brunswick was partially burned during the war and never fully recovered. During the Civil War, Fort Anderson was constructed atop part of the ruins of the town 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, according to the the Division of State Historic Sites, which oversees Fort Anderson.
Today, visitors to the site can see the archaeological ruins of the foundations of the colonial kitchens, home sites and various outbuildings that once stood as a colonial port town, along with the shell of St. Philip’s Anglican Church.
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site is administered by the Division of State Historic Sites in the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.