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


 Grand opening of fort, SEPTEMBER 21-22

After a three-year reconstruction project, the full-size replica of Fort Dobbs will officially open to the public! Be one of the first to enter the structure and experience what life was like 260 years ago..
A detailed schedule is TBD, but will include living history displays, historic cooking, weapons firing demonstrations, and tours of the fort.

10am-4pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday. Free ($2 donation suggested.)

Saturday 10am-4pm
10:00 – Opening Ceremony (fort open for tours at conclusion*)
11:30 – 18th Century Country Dancing
1:30 – Fort Closes for Infantry Drill Demonstration
2:00 – Fort Re-opens for Tours
3:00 – Artillery Demonstration

Sunday 10am-3pm
10:30 – Divine Service
12:30 – Infantry Drill Demonstration
1:30 –Artillery Demonstration


*Please note that entry to the fort will be as space allows.  Please be prepared to wait a few minutes.  Thank you for your understanding.



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. 

10am-4pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday. $2 admission (children under 5 free.)


End-of-year Homeschool Day, December 13

Homeschooling families are invited to Fort Dobbs to interact with interpreters in hands-on activities which will bring the 18th century to life!

10am-2pm. $6 per student. Pre-registration required.


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 winter in the fort in 1756.  On-going displays of camp life and historic cooking will be offered, as well as musket and cannon firing demonstrations.

10am-4pm. Free ($2 donation suggested.)















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."