Colonial militia training re-enactment set for June 29 at Fort Dobbs
Special to SVLfreenews.com
Most able-bodied men were required by North Carolina law to serve in the colony’s militia in the 1750s. They gathered several times a year for military training and could be called away at any time, leaving homes and businesses to the defend the colony.
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will recreate that sense of place and time as living history interpreters participate in an 18th century militia muster on June 29.
Military training was part of life for the citizen soldiers, and the muster re-enactment will portray residents of “Fourth Creek Settlement,” as Statesville was then known. The presentation will feature scheduled musket-firing demonstrations, period cooking and military camp life.
Visitors also will see progress on the reconstructed fort, which will open this fall.
The free program will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For additional information, please call (704) 873-5882. Fort Dobbs is within the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
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. to 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 NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.