STATESVILLE, N.C. -– Fifty soldiers of the Royal Colony of North Carolina arrived on a hilltop near present-day Statesville in the summer of 1755. By the next spring, they had completed a three-story log barracks that would become known as Fort Dobbs.
On May 28-29, 2011, visit the site of Fort Dobbs for a glimpse into the daily lives of the provincial soldiers as they settle into their new post. Living history interpreters will present musket and cannon firing demonstrations, as well as on-going demonstrations of 18th-century military camp life. Interpreters will be working to complete a replica of a mud bread-baking oven of the sort the soldiers used 250 years ago.
Free programs run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (704) 873-5882 or visit www.fortdobbs.org.
Fort Dobbs’ mission is to preserve and interpret the history of North Carolina’s only French and Indian War fort. It is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., offering living history programs daily. Special events and living history weekends are offered throughout the year. It is located at 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
Fort Dobbs is part of the Division of N.C. Historic Sites and Properties 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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