The Fort Dobbs State Historic Site in Statesville, N.C., will be the site of free historical activities related to the French and Indian War on Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, as cannons roar and muskets thunder during the fifth annual "War for Empire" program. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, visitors can learn from presentations including battle reenactments, military drills, artillery demonstrations, an 18th-century medical presentation, period music and dances, a religious service and the sale of goods by a sutler (vendor).
Each day at 1:30 p.m. Cherokee reenactors will attack the fort's provincial soldiers. Historical interpreters will recreate the Indian war councils of the Cherokee as they decide whether to side with the French against the British.
Fort Dobbs is the only North Carolina site dedicated to the French and Indian War (1754-1763), a struggle between France and Great Britian for control of North America, which set the stage for the American Revolution. The fort was garrisoned from 1756-1761, sheltering frontier settlers during the war and serving as colonial headquarters.
For information, call the fort at (704) 873-5882 or visit its Web site at www.fortdobbs.org.
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