Release: Immediate                                                                                                    Contact: Scott Douglas

Date:     2/5/16                                                                                                                    Phone: 704-873-5882


Cherokee Attack on Fort Dobbs

February 27-28


STATESVILLE, N.C. – Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a glimpse of the harrowing days of the Anglo-Cherokee War on February 27-28.  The Cherokee had been allies of the British when the French and Indian War started in 1754, but tensions quickly spiraled into war.  The soldiers at the fort and local settlers were attacked by dozens of warriors in a confusing night time skirmish on Feb. 27. 1760.

The 256th anniversary program will feature living history interpreters portraying provincial soldiers and settlers.  Musket and cannon firing demonstrations, as well as ongoing demonstrations of 18th century military camp life will be featured.  The free program will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.  A special evening firing demonstration will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call (704) 873-5882 or visit

 About Fort Dobbs

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of Fort Dobbs and North Carolina’s role in the French and Indian War. It is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Special events and living history weekends are offered throughout the year. It is part of the Division of N.C. State Historic Sites within the NC 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. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, 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, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit ###