Thursday, November 30, 2023

Fort Dobbs to Host ‘Winter with the Western Company’ Living History Event Dec. 9

Nov 30, 2023

By December of 1756, Fort Dobbs was complete. Its garrison of North Carolina soldiers prepared to spend the first of many winters in the building as they guarded the western edge of settlement in the British colony during the French and Indian War.

On Dec. 9, the reconstructed Fort Dobbs will host a living history event, "Winter with the Western Company," so visitors can experience daily life as it was in the 18th century. Costumed re-enactors representing colonial soldiers and settlers will bring the fort to life with ongoing demonstrations including hearth cooking and woodworking, as well as musket firing.

Event hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

For additional information please call (704) 873-5882. Fort Dobbs is a replica of the fort completed in 1756. It is located at 438 Fort Dobbs Rd., Statesville, N.C. It is open Tuesday-Saturday for timed tours of the fort for an age-based fee of $1 or $2. Fort Dobbs State Historic Site is part of the Division of 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 (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.

The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the North Carolina Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit

Related Topics: