STATESVILLE -- An 18th Century battle between British soldiers and the Cherokees in Iredell County will be commemorated with a two-day event this weekend at Fort Dobbs State Historic Site.
The anniversary of the battle, which took place on Feb. 27, 1760, will be observed with events Saturday and Sunday.
The program will include living history interpreters, portraying soldiers and Cherokee warriors; musket and cannon-firing demonstrations; and portrayals of camp life at the time for soldiers and the Cherokees.
Events are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. A special evening firing is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Cherokees and British were allies when the French and Indian War began in 1754, but the two sides became adversaries. In the 1760 battle, the 30-member garrison at Fort Dobbs was attacked by a Cherokee party of more than 60.
Fort Dobbs is the only North Carolina historic site dedicated to the French and Indian War, which was fought from 1754 to 1763.
The historic site is on Fort Dobbs Road, off N.C. 115 a short distance north of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 77. For details, check the site’s website.
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