Fort Dobbs Historic Site, Statesville

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.
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  • We thought we would learn about this Fort but instead, no one working talked to us nor did they explain the history. I grew up traveling around learning my history so I thought this would be interesti...  more »
  • Though the site is still under construction as of July 2017 (to build quality replicas, it appears), there is still lots of walk-able areas with informative plaques and the tour guide I had - Joseph -...  more »
  • I went here for the first time for a school filed trip when i was 12, and not much has changed sense then. Unlike other historic forts, there is nothing left of it, or anything connected to the fort s...  more »
  • A piece of history off the beaten path. Lots to see. Seasonal replica battles are reenacted. The staff at the lodge is very knowledgeable and helpful. Souvenirs can be purchased here. Civic groups help raise funds for this site along with some state funding (I think). A major project is under way to build a replica of the main building that was on this site, construction for replica as of 2016. Restrooms and water fountains available.
  • The community has begun renovation to this historic site. I am interested in seeing what they do. Many reenactment weekends happen every year.
  • Even thought the fort isn't finished we had a wonderful time. The guy we talked to really knew his stuff. We had a great conversation and learned a lot.
  • Incredible programming and events. Once the fort is open for visitors, this will be a destination historic site for the region.
  • My family and I spent the whole day here and it was the most amazing thing I ever seen. I learned so much, even our children 7 and 12 enjoyed it. Parking is very simple, for entrance it's just a very small donation. Being from a different state to learn about a piece of NC history, this place is a place you got to check out. The people here are very kind people. Very knowledgeable about the history. They are in costume and can teach you lots but not just talking, demonstrating. You can also get pics with them. All I did was walk up to them and ask if I could take a pic with them. I am not sure if everyone there will say yes I didn't ask every one. But don't be scared to like I said they are very nice people. They have regular bathrooms and not out houses incase anyone wants to know. I know I wanted to know at first lol. kids have so much room to run around and have fun. They have a mini park that is fenced in for little ones to play in. it's has to picnic tables. They also have a little pavilion near the little park area that has a detached restroom. Across from there is a hotdog stand which is so yummy! They also sell chips, soda and water. Fort Dobbs is very clean and taken care of. they have a little gift shop that has souvenirs. there is so much more. you just got to check it out... **oh I just want to let you know that that is a wooden toy our son got from the gift shop here. very durable may I add lol

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