Tuesday, February 7, 2023

'Plunging Shot and Screaming Shells' to Mark the 158th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson

Feb 7, 2023

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will commemorate the 158th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson Saturday, Feb. 18. Free activities from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., will include infantry demonstrations, medical and embalming interpretations, and more.

Several presenters during the day will explain and demonstrate what life was like for soldiers and civilians during the American Civil War.

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 at Upcoming Events | Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site (square.site) and $15 if purchased at the gate. Children 15 and under will be admitted free. Tickets purchased in advance online should be shown at the gate to be admitted for the program. Please visit our Facebook event page at https://friends-of-brunswick-townfort-anderson.square.site/upcoming-events for a link to our Square website to purchase a ticket.

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.

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 N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, three science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 41 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, and the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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