On March 9, 1764, the Governor of North Carolina signed the legislative act that created Brunswick County out of New Hanover and Bladen Counties. It was named after the Town of Brunswick, which was named in honor of King George I, who was the Duke of Brunswick and Lunenberg. The County Seat was first located at Brunswick Town, a town founded by Maurice Moore, son of Governor James Moore, located on the west bank of the Cape Fear River. In 1779, the County Seat was moved to Lockwood Folly and in 1808, the County Seat was moved to Smithville, known today as Southport, where it would remain for 167 years. On July 19, 1975, a referendum passed moving the County Seat from Southport to its present location just below the Town of Bolivia.
" Brunswick Crest "
" Old County Seal "
" Current County Seal "
“ The current County Seal, designating the four primary industries in Brunswick County, was adopted on December 15, 1975 by the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. ”