Thursday, February 16, 2023

Defense of Fort Dobbs Remembered

Feb 16, 2023

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a glimpse of the Anglo-Cherokee War on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The Cherokee and British had been allies when the French and Indian War started, but tensions quickly spiraled into hostilities. On Feb. 27, 1760, North Carolina soldiers and Cherokee clashed at Fort Dobbs.

The 263rd-anniversary program will feature living history interpreters representing both cultures.  Soldiers and refugees will provide ongoing demonstrations of life inside a blockhouse fort, including woodworking, cooking, and scheduled historic weapons firing.  Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will discuss how the war affected the lives of their ancestors.

The main program will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A special evening firing demonstration will take place at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. For more information, contact Fort Dobbs at (704) 873-5882 or

About Fort Dobbs
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of Fort Dobbs and North Carolina’s role in the French and Indian War. It is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Special events and living history weekends are offered throughout the year. It is part of the Division of N.C. State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, three science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 41 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the N.C. Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, and the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit

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