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

 

Cherokee Attack Anniversary, February 24-25, 2018

On February 27, 1760, the 30-man garrison of Fort Dobbs engaged in a bloody, confusing, night-time skirmish with as many as 70 Cherokee warriors. This living history will give visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the soldiers and settlers seeking protection through on-going displays of camp life, as well as scheduled musket and cannon firing demonstrations.

$2 admission.  Saturday 9-5, with 6:30pm evening program. Sunday 10-3.

 

War for Empire, April 14-15

During Fort Dobbs’ largest event of the year, join the soldiers, settlers, and American Indians from the 18th century as we look at the French and Indian War history of North Carolina. Witness the on-going reconstruction of Fort Dobbs first hand!

(Please note there is no battle reenactment this year as we focus on the 1756 construction of the fort.)

$4 admission (children under 5 free.)   Saturday, 9-5. Sunday 10-3.

Schedule of highlighted activites:

Saturday

  • 10:00-Infantry Drill Demonstration
  • 11:00-Attakullakulla: Cherokee Peace Chief
  • 12:00-Artillery Demonstration
  • 1:00-Medical Practices
  • 2:00-Infantry Drill Demonstration
  • 3:00-Colonial Music
  • 4:00-Stone Carving

Sunday

  • 10:00-Divine Service
  • 11:00-Infantry Drill Demonstration
  • 12:00- The Art of Cookery
  • 1:00-Infantry Drill Demonstration
  • 2:00-Artillery Demonstration
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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.

 

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."