"I've been waiting for this weekend for months!" — War for Empire Visitor

Militia Muster, June 30-July 1

All males ages 16-60 were required by law to serve in North Carolina’s militia during the French and Indian War. These civilians would gather at appointed times during the year to practice military drill and could be used to quickly form an army for defense at times of invasion. Historic interpreters representing the Rowan County militia will offer on-going displays of military camp life, as well as featured musket and cannon firing demonstrations.

Free ($2 donation suggested.)  Saturday 9-5. Sunday 10-3.
Saturday
10:30-Inspection and Drill Demonstration
11:30-Reading of the Militia Act and Pay Call
1:00-Musket Demonstration
2:00-Drill Demonstration
3:30-Musket Demonstration

Sunday
10:30-Divine Service
11:30-Inspection and Drill Demonstration
1:00-Musket Demonstration
2:00-Drill Demonstration

 

Archaeology Day, July 28

Archaeology is vital to our understanding of life at Fort Dobbs during the French and Indian War.
Visitors will be able to view some recently discovered artifacts and even assist site staff in the recovery of more as we sift soil displaced by the fort reconstruction.
Get your hands dirty and help us find items no person has seen in 260 years!

General admission is free. A fee of $1 per person is required to participate in the hands-on part of the program.  Saturday 10-2.

 

Fall School day, September 28

School groups are invited to the site for a special program featuring a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations highlighting the lives of the soldiers, settlers, and native peoples who lived on the NC frontier in the mid-18th Century. 
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 
$6 per student.
 

Fall living history, September 29

This living history will give visitors a glimpse of what daily life was like for the garrison of Fort Dobbs through on-going displays of camp life, historic cooking, and scheduled musket and cannon firing demonstrations.

Free ($2 donation suggested.)  9am-5pm.

 

Military Timeline, November 10-11

 Visit with soldiers and support personnel from hundreds of years of North Carolina history. The experiences of veterans of the Revolution, Civil War, World Wars and other conflicts will be shared through living history displays and weapons firing demonstrations.

$2 admission (children under 5 free.)  Saturday 9-5. Sunday 10-3.

 

Winter on the Western Frontier, December 15

This living history will give visitors a glimpse of what daily life was like for the garrison of Fort Dobbs as they prepared to spend their first winter on the site in 1755. On-going displays of camp life and historic cooking will be offered, as well as scheduled musket and cannon firing demonstrations.

Free ($2 donation suggested.)  9am-5pm.

 

     

 

 


Special events and living history weekends are made possible by the generosity of the Friends of Fort Dobbs,
who support the mission of Fort Dobbs State Historic Site —
“To preserve and interpret the history of Fort Dobbs and North Carolina's role in the French and Indian War."