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Brunswick Town is a colonial ghost town located beside the Cape Fear River, Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. It was the first successful settlement in the Cape Fear region, a major North Carolina port in the 18th century, and home to two colonial governors. Brunswick Town lasted 50 years (1726–76) until it was raided by the British Army during the American Revolutionary War and never rebuilt.
During the American Civil War, 86 years after the town was abandoned, a large portion of the town was covered by earthworks for the construction of Fort Anderson.
Brunswick Town became an excavation site for Cape Fear history during the 20th century. The Brunswick Town Historic District contains the ruins of 18th-century commercial and residential colonial homes, the St. Philip’s Church Ruins, Fort Anderson, and Russellborough, the former governor’s mansion. The town’s historic district and St. Philip’s Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Brunswick Town is also one of the settings in which the Sleepy Hollow television series has been filmed.
With the combination of Wilmington’s continued growth and Tryon moving to his new residence, Tryon Palace in New Bern, Brunswick Town continued to decline.