Jerry Blackwelder

During the French and Indian War, Fort Dobbs was constructed near present-day Statesville as a base of operations for a company of soldiers designed to defend settlers from French-Allied American Indians.

All men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to serve in the militia during the War.

The War for Empire, Fort Dobbs’ largest event of the year, features soldier and civilian reenacts to remember the French and Indian War history of North Carolina through period trades, vendors, music and weapons demonstrations. On June 29, Fort Dobbs hosts Militia Muster, with historic interpreters representing the Militia with on-going displays of camp life, historic cooking and musket demonstrations.

Since 2003 Fort Dobbs has been working to once again have a restored fort guarding the western North Carolina frontier with a three-story, 800 square-foot replica of the blockhouse. Completion is expected this spring.

For more information visit www.nchistoricsites.org/dobbs/.

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