STATESVILLE – Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a glimpse of the harrowing days of the 18th century Cherokee War on Feb. 23 and 24. The Cherokee had been allies of the British when the French and Indian War started in 1754, but tensions quickly spiraled into war and the allegiance of the Cherokee was uncertain. The 30 member garrison at Fort Dobbs was attacked by more than twice its number in a confusing night time skirmish on Feb. 27, 1760.
The 253rd anniversary program will feature living history interpreters who will portray provincial soldiers and Cherokee warriors, present musket and cannon firing demonstrations, and ongoing demonstrations of 18th century military and American Indian camp life. The free programs will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. A special evening firing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The educational program at this state historic site gives 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 Fort Dobbs online. 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. 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.