Thursday, March 7, 2024

Fort Dobbs Announces New Temporary Exhibit

Mar 7, 2024

A new exhibit has been installed in the visitor center at Fort Dobbs State Historic Site.

Using a mix of authentic relics and replica items, the exhibit explains the importance of trade between colonists and American Indians in the Carolina backcountry in the 1750s, calling particular attention to occasions when American Indians visited the fort, both as friends and as enemies.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a rare example of a brass trade ring. Kevin Andersen loaned the ring to the historic site, having recovered it with permission on an adjoining piece of property. The ring is of a style consistent with European-produced rings that were traded to American Indians.

The temporary exhibit will run until June 2024.

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. The fort is located at 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville. 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 (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 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

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