War for Empire set for April 14-15 at Fort Dobbs

Posted at 6:42 AM on Mar 30, 2018

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In the 1750s North Carolina found itself engaged in a global struggle for empire between England and France and neighboring native tribes such as the Cherokee.

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a window into that contentious time on April 14-15 during its annual War for Empire.

The event will allow visitors to meet soldiers, American Indians and civilians from the 18th Century French and Indian War. That North Carolina history is illustrated through encampments, trades and crafts, musical performances and weapons demonstrations.

The year 1756 will be highlighted. At that time the three-story log fort was under construction and the frontier was still relatively peaceful. Wood working will be a primary focus as re-enactors prepare timbers for the new fort as well as the furniture that will be used in the building upon its completion. Vendors of reproduction period items will also be on hand.

The programs will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, with highlighted activities throughout each day. Admission is $4 per person; children under age 5 are free.

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 N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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