Friday, May 23, 2014 —
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- 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. Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a glimpse of life on the North Carolina frontier June 14-15. The lives of both the soldiers and settlers who lived on what was then the edge of civilization will be highlighted.
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 Indians.
This living history program will feature historic interpreters portraying American provincial soldiers and their Catawba Indian allies.Musket firing demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, cannon firings at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday and ongoing displays of 18th century military camp life on both Saturday and Sunday will be featured. The free program will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Visitors will be transported to a time without the creature comforts and conveniences taken for granted today. This educational program at a state historic site will give 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 www.fortdobbs.org. 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. Located at 438 Fort Dobbs Rd. in Statesville, 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.