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

Lherokee Attack Anniversary
February 28 to March 1

Join us as we commemorate the 255th anniversary of the Cherokee attack on Fort Dobbs.  Musket and cannon firing demonstrations will be featured and a special evening tour will be offered at 6:30 pm Saturday.

10-4 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday

War for Empire
April 18-19

During Fort Dobbs’ largest event of the year, experience life on the North Carolina frontier during the French and Indian War through battle re-enactments and living history encampments, as well as historical vignettes and lectures.


96 Fabrics
Authentic Native Arts
Blue Cat Buttonworks
Carolina Woodcrafters
Clothes by Marcia Whaley
Hand Made Powder Horns by Cory Stewart
Musket Shop of NC
Pumpkintown Primitives

War for Empire poster

A special school day will be offered on Friday, April 17 for which advance reservations are required.

10-4 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday
Admission $3 (incl. tax), Children under 5 free

Living History Homeschool Weekend
June 6 -7

Homeschooling families are invited to visit Fort Dobbs to learn about the daily lives of the garrison through musket and cannon firing demonstrations as well as other hands-on activities.  The site will also be open to the general public.

10-4 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday
Donation of $5 per student suggested

18th Century Fair
September 26 and 27

Celebrate the arrival of fall as merchants, soldiers, craftsmen and American Indians of North Carolina’s frontier gather at Fort Dobbs to highlight a wide range of 18th Century life.

10-4 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday
Admission $3 (incl. tax), Children under 5 free

Military Timeline
November 14-15

In honor of Veteran's Day, learn about more than 300 years of NC military history through camp and uniform displays as well as weapons firing demonstrations.

10-4 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday
Donation of $2 per person suggested

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

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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