FORTDOBBS

 
 

Interpretive Tours Daily
Tuesday-Saturday
9:00 - 5:00

French & Indian War Commemoration 250 Years

 

LIVING HISTORY SPECIAL EVENTS

"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
Free

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.

Sutlers

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

Summer Camp Session I
June 23-26

Fort Dobbs will offer our first-ever series of day camps this summer! Kids will get to enlist in a North Carolina Provincial Company and learn about the lives of the soldiers who built Fort Dobbs, the settlers they protected and the Cherokee warriors they fought. Hands-on activities like gardening, hiking, 18th century cooking and authentic military drill will bring history to life.

The four-day summer camp culminates with an 18th century inspired water balloon battle giving campers an opportunity to put their newly acquired soldiering skills to the test!

Reservation deadline - June 1

Ages: 8-12. Times: 9:30am-12:30pm. 
Cost: $75 per child. (Price includes sales tax, a snack each day and a t-shirt.)
Contact us today to reserve a space for your young historian!

Summer Camp Session II
July 28-31

Fort Dobbs will offer our first-ever series of day camps this summer! Kids will get to enlist in a North Carolina Provincial Company and learn about the lives of the soldiers who built Fort Dobbs, the settlers they protected and the Cherokee warriors they fought. Hands-on activities like gardening, hiking, 18th century cooking and authentic military drill will bring history to life.

The four-day summer camp culminates with an 18th century inspired water balloon battle giving campers an opportunity to put their newly acquired soldiering skills to the test!

Reservation deadline - July 6

Ages: 8-12. Times: 9:30am-12:30pm. 
Cost: $75 per child. (Price includes sales tax, a snack each day and a t-shirt.)
Contact us today to reserve a space for your young historian!

Animals of Western North Carolina
August 8

Staff from Chimney Rock State Park will present a family-friendly program to introduce visitors to some of the species of animals that inhabit western North Carolina; the same wildlife species which were encountered by early explorers and native peoples in the 18th century.

The program will include tactile objects such as turtle shells and animal skins as well as live mammal, reptile, amphibian and bird of prey animal ambassadors.  The animals presented can vary from program to program, but may include groundhogs, Virginia Opossums, great horned owls and red-tailed hawks, among others.

10-3 Saturday (formal presentations at 11:00 and 1:00)
Free Admission

Colonial Fair18th 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
Free


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."

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

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