STATESVILLE, N.C. — Hundreds of soldiers, American Indians and civilians from the 18th Century will come to life as costumed interpreters at camp and battle during the free Fort Dobbs State Historic Site “War for Empire 1761” Living History weekend April 9-10, with a school preview day April 8.
Each day’s events will offer visitors a glimpse into military operations and camp life during the harrowing Cherokee War that pitted native warriors against provincial soldiers during this crucial time in the Colonial Carolinas. Major battle re-enactments with musket and cannon firings are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and again on Sunday.
“This will be a powerful experience for the whole family,” said Acting Site Manager Scott Douglas. “Visitors can get a feel for the great struggle for America that took place between Cherokee, provincial soldiers and settlers. It is stirring!”
Music, on-going demonstrations of 18th-century military and American-Indian life, a peek at the period merchants, and scholarly lectures are planned. The free public programs are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.
A special school day is offered on April 8 by reservation. For more information, call (704) 873-5882 or visit the Web site at www.fortdobbs.org.
By 1761, all-out war had raged between the English and their former allies, the Cherokee, for more than a year. As blood continued to be shed along the colonial frontier, two massive British armies of regulars and provincials moved against the Cherokee’s homeland from both South Carolina and Virginia, causing destruction and starvation that would finally lead to a renewed peace.
As costumed interpreters portraying American Indian warriors, civilians and provincial soldiers come to camp at Fort Dobbs State Historic Site on Friday, April 8, in preparation for a living history weekend, school groups are invited to view demonstrations of muskets, cooking on the home front, traders and camp life.
“This will be an exciting learning experience for school groups,” said Acting Site Manager Scott Douglas. “Students can get a much better understanding of the struggles of 18th-century fort life here in the Piedmont.”
The harrowing Cherokee War pitted native warriors against provincial soldiers during this crucial time in the Colonial Carolinas.
Fort Dobbs is part of the Division of N.C. Historic Sites and Properties (http://www.nchistoricsites.org/) within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
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