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Fort Dobbs Historic Site, Statesville

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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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  • The fort reconstruction is just starting to take shape but exhibits and a very personal one- on- one with a period costumed guide made this a worthwhile stop. No other visitors were there so I could a...  more »
  • 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  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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.