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2019 Fort Dobbs North Carolina Military Timeline

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Celebrate Veteran’s Day at the annual Fort Dobbs North Carolina Military Timeline on November 9-10, 2019 at the Fort Dobbs State Historic Site in Statesville, North Carolina. 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.

Fort Dobbs North Carolina Military Timeline

In honour of Veteran’s Day, the fort hosts its annual Fort Dobbs North Carolina Military Timeline. This free public program is open to any impression related to NC history (i.e. soliders who either came from, fought in, or were imprisioned in the State of North Carolina.) The event will feature on-going displays of camp life, restored military vehicles, and firing demonstrations.

Situated in the Piedmont region of North Carolina near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ft. Dobbs State Historic Site provides a window into the tumultuous period of history known as the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War. As the only state historic site associated with the period, Fort Dobbs represents North Carolina’s link with a global war for empire that crossed five continents, lasted nearly a decade and sowed the seeds for independence.

Admission: $2.00 (children under 5 free)

Hours: Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC 28625

Directions: From Interstate 40, take either US 21 North (exit 151) or NC 115 North (exit. 150). From US 21, turn left onto Fort Dobbs Road. From NC 115, veer right onto S. Chipley Ford Road, then turn right onto Fort Dobbs Road.

For More Information: Call 704-873-5882; Email: info@fortdobbs.org

Fort Dobbs North Carolina Military Timeline Mini-Gallery

Fort Dobbs Military Timeline Schedule
Saturday
10:00 a.m. Black Powder Arms
11:00 a.m. Bolt Action to Full Auto
1:00 p.m. Artillery Demonstration
2:00 p.m. Black Powder Arms
3:00 p.m. Bolt Action to Full Auto
4:00 p.m. Artillery Demonstration

Sunday
11:00 a.m. WWI Armistice Moment of Silence
12:00 p.m. Black Powder Arms
1:00 p.m. Bolt Action to Full Auto
2:00 p.m. Artillery Demonstration

History of Fort Dobbs
Fort Dobbs was the only permanent frontier provincial fort in the colony of North Carolina. Construction began in late 1755 and was completed one year later. It served as the military headquarters for the frontier company (approximately fifty men) as well as a safe-haven for settlers. The fort was attacked on the night of February 27, 1760 when more than 70 Cherokees were repelled. The garrison suffered two men wounded, as well as having one colonial boy killed. The Cherokee were reported to have lost 10-12 men killed and wounded. By the end of 1761, the British had essentially won the war and only thirty troops remained at the fort. Colonial leaders disbanded the troops and removed all the supplies of the garrison as settlement moved far west of the fort. The neglected fort was in ruins by 1766.

Fort Dobbs North Carolina Military Timeline

Reconstruction of Fort Dobbs
Soon after protecting the site of Fort Dobbs in 1909, the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized the need to reconstruct the blockhouse. Following initial archaeological investigations in the 1960’s and ’70’s the site became a State Historic Site, but with several key questions about the original structure still unanswered, no immediate reconstruction effort was planned.

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In 2003, the reincorporated non-profit Friends of Fort Dobbs took up the vision of then-site manager Beth Hill to begin an effort to rebuild. More than a decade of hard work ensued. The Friends undertook a fundraising campaign to fund the effort and co-operated with State officials, historians, historic building specialists, architects, and noted archaeologist Dr. Larry Babits to develop feasible, historically sound plans and the capital needed to make Fort Dobbs stand on the banks of Fourth Creek once again.

Following several other facility improvements to the site, ground was broken for the new fort in August of 2016. A mix of modern and 18th Century construction techniques have been employed to meet the challenge of building a structure that must simultaneously meet modern building standards while also approximating an entirely hand-build piece of military engineering from 260 years ago. We hope, with your support, to have Fort Dobbs open as a living history exhibit on a grand scale by early 2019!

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