Interpretive Tours Daily
9:00 - 5:00

French & Indian War Commemoration 250 Years



"We drove down from Ohio to meet our friends from Florida who drove up for the weekend.
This is a beautiful location. Are you doing this again next year?" — Great Wagon Festival Visitor

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

Winter on the Western Frontier
December 12

Experience life in an 18th Century winter camp. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations will be featured as well as ongoing displays of camp life and cooking.

9-5 Saturday

256th Anniversary of the Attack on Fort Dobbs
February 27-28

Re-enactors representing the provincial garrison and Cherokee warriors will offer on-going interpretation of 18th Century camp life, as well as featured musket and cannon firing demonstrations.

9-5 Saturday (Saturday evening firing demonstration at 6:30)
10-3 Sunday

Free ($2 donation suggested) 

War for Empire
April 16-17

During Fort Dobbs’ largest event of the year, join the soldiers, settlers, and American Indians who inhabited North Carolina’s colonial frontier and learn about their lives and struggles through encampments, trades demonstrations and battle re-enactments.

9-5 Saturday
10-3 Sunday 

Admission is $3 per person including tax (children under 5 free)

Life on the Carolina Frontier Summer Camp
July 12-15

At Fort Dobbs we combine history with fun!  Kids will learn about 18th century frontier life through hands- on activities like gardening, hiking, period cooking and authentic military drill.  The four half-day summer camp culminates with an awesome 18th century inspired water balloon “battle” as an opportunity to put into practice newly acquired soldiering skills.

Space is limited.  Please contact staff for details.

Fee and pre-registration required. Please contact staff for details.

Militia Muster
July 23-24

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.

9-5 Saturday
10-3 Sunday

Free ($2 donation suggested)

Military Timeline
November 12-13

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.

9-5 Saturday
10-3 Sunday

Free ($2 donation suggested)

Homeschool Day
December 9

Homeschooling families are invited to engage with interpreters in hands-on activities which will bring the 18th century to life.


Fee and pre-registration required.  Please contact staff for details.

Winter Living History and Foodways Workshop
December 10-11

During the weekend, historic interpreters will discuss winter life in a French and Indian War camp through living history demonstrations.  Historic foodways and beer brewing will be highlighted.

9-5 Saturday
10-3 Sunday

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."


Fort Dobbs • 438 Fort Dobbs Road • Statesville, NC 28625 • 704-873-5882

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