BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Today’s building history might be a little light on building, but there is plenty of history in Brunswick Town.
“Brunswick Town started in 1726 by Col. Maurice Moor, his brother Roger started Orton plantation in 1725, “ Jim McKee explained. “The town would grow to be probably the most important port in North Carolina, one of the more important ports that you’ve never heard of in the American colonies due to the naval store trade.”
Some things never change and rivalry as well as political gain was at work in colonial times as now.
“Wilmington and Brunswick were always at odds with one another, trying to become the political center, the shipping center and politics and the emergence of Wilmington after the revolution is what did the town in.” McKee said.
In 1748 two Spanish ships sailed the Cape Fear and attacked Brunswick Town, residents rallied and sunk the ships salvaging this picture of Jesus which still hangs at St James in Wilmington. Brunswick Town was instrumental in two American wars.
“During the Civil war we had Fort Anderson it was the prototype what would become Ft. Fisher and it was the largest interior fortification in the Cape Fear system second in scale to Ft Fisher.” McKee described.
St Philips church was once thought of as the largest brick structure in North Carolina.
“St Philips Anglican church was started about 1754 in 1758 when Arthor Dobbs became governor he visited the church and about what you’re seeing right now is about what the governor would have seen, “ McKee pointed out.
The church was the center of the community it was a target for attack, burned by the British in 1776.
Some well know local families have left their mark on St Phillip’s church.
“We’ve got a couple of De Rosset graffiti’s in the church this one and we have another on the opposite side.” McKee showed us the markings.
Brunswick Town isn’t just about the past, the visitor center welcome people here today and Jim and the staff are proud of their contribution.
“We have a lot going on we entertain about 35 thousand people a year we entertain numerous school groups we do programs for all the 4th and 8th graders in brunswick county and we are generally trying to learn as much as we can about the site. “
If you want to learn more, Brunswick Town is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 to 5, and you can enjoy the grounds and exhibits.
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