Trip Planner:   USA  /  North Carolina  /  Statesville  /  Historic Sites  /  Fort Dobbs
Fort Dobbs, Statesville
(3.9/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
Fort Dobbs was an 18th-century fort in the Yadkin–Pee Dee River Basin region of the Province of North Carolina, near what is now Statesville in Iredell County. Used for frontier defense during and after the French and Indian War, the fort was built to protect the British settlers of the western portion of what was then Rowan County, and served as a vital outpost for soldiers, traders, and colonial officials. Fort Dobbs' primary structure was a blockhouse with log walls, surrounded by a palisade and moat. It was intended to provide protection against Cherokee, Catawba, Shawnee, Delaware and French raids into North Carolina.The fort's name honored Arthur Dobbs, the colonial Governor of North Carolina from 1754 to 1765, who played a role in designing the fort and authorized its construction. When in use, it was the only fort on the frontier between South Carolina and Virginia. Between 1756 and 1760, the blockhouse was garrisoned by a variable number of soldiers, many of whom were sent to fight in Pennsylvania and the Ohio River Valley during the French and Indian War. On February 27, 1760, the fort was the site of an engagement between Cherokee warriors and provincial soldiers that ended in a victory for the provincials. After this battle and other attacks by Cherokee warriors on British forts and settlements in the Anglo-Cherokee War, the southern British colonies launched a devastating counterattack against the Cherokee in 1760.
To visit Fort Dobbs on your trip to Statesville, use our Statesville vacation generator.
Source
Create a full Statesville itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Statesville

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in North Carolina by other users

2 days in Brevard BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Montrose & Charlotte BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Montrose & Charlotte BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Charlotte & Washington DC BY A USER FROM GUATEMALA December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Asheville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Carrboro BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Oak Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Asheville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Asheville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Asheville & Savannah BY A USER FROM BRAZIL January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • A work in progress. This state park does not have to much to show now, but is in the process of expanding greatly. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly 
  • There is not a lot to see at this historic site. There is a small reconstruction of an early log cabin, a tent, a raised garden bed, embers from a camp fire & little else. There is a small visitor cen...  more »
  • My husband and I stopped here out of curiosity. It was really a good and informative visit with the young man working there, dressed in period clothing and cooking. We saw the little garden, and also ...  more »
Google
  • Me and my daughter had a great time here and learned a lot love this can't wait to go back again
  • A unique piece of local history. Helpful staff will gladly explain the site's significance.
  • It's fun to see when the volunteers are there and they can show you how things were when the fort was still there like how people grew or made food. They can show you how people used to shoot the musket and all of the people are very knowledgable.
  • It is small really really really small
  • Much fun, kind of small place. Takes less than 1 hr to go through all the exhibits.