Wednesday, June 5, 2013 —
STATESVILLE -- Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a glimpse of life on the North Carolina frontier on June 8-9. In the summer of 1755, 50 soldiers arrived on a remote hilltop near present-day Statesville with orders to build a fort to guard local settlers and mark the edge of the British Empire. Named for royal governor Arthur Dobbs and commanded by Hugh Waddell, the fort was the base of operations for Waddell's troops during the French and Indian War, which had been the climax of centuries of tension between England and France. The western frontier was considered dangerous, and on occasion colonists would stay close to the fort's fortifications to remain protected from attacks by French-allied Cherokee Indians.
The living history program will feature historic interpreters portraying provincial soldiers and their Catawba Indian allies. They will present musket firing demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as cannon firings at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day, besides ongoing displays of 18th century military and American Indian camp life. The free programs will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.
The educational program at this state historic site gives life to North Carolina's past experiences and traditions and demonstrates the value of living history to students and adults.
For more information call (704) 873-5882 or visit http://www.nchistoricsites.org/dobbs. Fort Dobbs is the only state historic site dedicated to the period of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), also known as the Seven Years War. It is North Carolina's only link to a war for empire that crossed five continents and lasted nearly 10 years, and is part of the Division of State Historic Sites.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.