Each of Brunswick’s 14 original squares in the Old Town Historic District has a story to tell. Hanover Square was the first part of the city that arriving colonists encountered as they walked off of their ships into this new world. The squares along Newcastle Street, the main thoroughfare, were bordered by numerous city landmark structures. These houses of government and businesses shaped the cultural and economic destiny of the port city. Other squares in strictly residential areas still play host to neighborhood gatherings and outdoor enjoyment today.
The preservation of each square is preceded by intensive research into the architectural, horticultural and cultural heritage of the space. The relevance of each structure, past and present, and location of the square are carefully considered before the first brick, shrub or bench is installed. Several of Brunswick’s original squares have been fully restored; there are many left to go. To learn more about the squares’ heritage and history, please click on the links, below.