Release: Immediate                                                                                                    Contact: Scott Douglas

Date:     3/26/16                                                                                                                 Phone: 704-873-5882


“War for Empire” Brought to Life


STATESVILLE, N.C. – Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a window to the past April 16-17; back to the 1750’s when North Carolina found itself engaged in a global struggle for empire between England and France and neighboring native tribes such as the Cherokee.

The April “War for Empire” event will allow visitors to meet soldiers, American Indians and civilians from the 18th Century as the French and Indian War history of North Carolina is illustrated through encampments, trades demonstrations, musical performances, and battle reenactments.  Vendors of reproduction period items will also be on hand. 

 The programs will run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday with highlighted activities throughout each day, including a battle re-enactment at 1:30 Saturday and 1:00 Sunday.  Admission is $3.00 per person, though children under 5 years old are free.

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 ###