About Brunswick, Georgia
It's is the largest small town, urban National Register Historic District in Georgia. Downtown Brunswick is undergoing a carefully nurtured revitalization that, through participation in the National Mainstreet program, is preserving and showcasing its distinctive historic fabric. Ancient oaks and towering palms line the wide streets and numerous squares that were laid out at the City's founding in 1771.
The city is named for Braunsweig, Germany, the ancestral home of King George II, grantor of Georgia's original land charter. Brunswick's pre-Revolutionary town-plan, patterned after that of Savannah, Georgia, and laid out under the direction of General James Oglethorpe, honors English royalty and geography in many of its street names -- Prince, George, Newcastle, Gloucester. But unlike virtually every other colonial town in America, Brunswick did not change these street names after the war. And while our street names hold a decidedly English flavor, be sure to sample the unmistakable flavor of the South, too, in a bowl of authentic Brunswick Stew, named for the place where this time-honored recipe originated over 100 years ago.
Very much a thriving seaport (famous as the western-most harbor on the eastern seaboard), as well as Shrimp Capitol of the World, Brunswick's waterfront bustles with activity. A favorite sight is catching a golden sunset over the fleet of shrimp boats that dock there.
Southern hospitality and mild year-round weather combine to make it a delight to explore on foot. Antique shops, interesting stores, restaurants and restored buildings can be discovered around most any corner. Old Town Brunswick boasts several bed and breakfast establishments amid rows of splendid examples of fine Victorian architecture. The Mahoney-McGarvey House, near the Old Courthouse, is considered the finest example of "carpenter gothic" architecture in Georgia.
To the east lie the vast and breathtaking marshlands that inspired poet Sidney Lanier to pen his hauntingly beautiful Marshes of Glynn. Across these marshes and rivers lie the beaches and recreation of the famed Golden Isles of Georgia.
Numerous cultural acvtivities, including those held downtown at the historic Ritz Theatre, and annual events, like the Seafood Festival, the Tour of Homes, and The Blessing of the Fleet are popular celebrations of our City's heritage.
You are warmly invited to come discover all the treasures awaiting you here.
This text donated by the Downtown Development Authority.
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