In the 18th Century, a petit sutler or “petty sutler” was a merchant who sold goods to soldiers at military encampments. 

The Petit Sutler shop, located in the Visitor Center, is open during regular hours and special event weekends. It offers a wide variety of books, colonial toys and games, reproduction pottery and glassware, limited edition prints and other products for purchase.

When you choose an item from the Petit Sutler, you are not merely shopping. You are helping to preserve a legacy. The items offered for sale are often inspired by — or reproductions of — irreplaceable artifacts in historical collections. 

Payable by cash, check, MasterCard or Visa, your purchases support Fort Dobbs' preservation, research and educational programs. Thank you, on behalf of generations to come!

Interested in the items featured on this page or have another purchase in mind?  Contact us today. Shipping is available.


Depicting North Carolina Provincial Soldiers at Fort Dobbs, the painting "Fort Dobbs 1756" was a gracious gift to the Statesville community from artist Robert Gantt Steele. A Statesville native, Steele worked extensively with Fort Dobbs staff to create the image based on archaeological and written documentation of the fort and the soldiers who served there.

Only 200 copies of the limited edition canvas prints are available, at a cost of $150 each.

Prints may be purchased directly through Fort Dobbs or at GG's, 110 W. Broad Street, in historic downtown Statesville.

Call today to reserve your edition.