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Experience history at Fort Dobbs

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site

438 Fort Dobbs Road., Statesville. 704-873-5882.

Hours: Fort Dobbs is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. During these days interpretive programming is offered to visitors.

Activities: Fort Dobbs State Historic Site provides visitors with a look into the history of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), or Seven Years War. Fort Dobbs was the only frontier provincial fort in the colony of North Carolina and served as the military headquarters for the frontier company, as well as a safe-haven for settlers. Visitors at the fort will have the opportunity to view the archeological site of Fort Dobbs, as well as venture through a log cabin built in 1940 by the Daughters of the American Revolution, which now serves as the Visitor Center and Petit Sutler gift shop. In the Visitor Center, guests can view artifacts found on the site of Fort Dobbs, as well as a scaled replica of the 1756 fort. Throughout the year, there are also about eight living history reenactments scheduled, but on a daily basis visitors can find soldiers dressed in period attire. On site, there are also picnic tables, a playground and nature trails.

Cost: Free.

Target Audience: All ages.

Directions: I-77 N. toward Statesville. Take exit 51B to merge onto I-40 W. toward Hickory. Take exit 150 for N.C. 115 toward Statesville/N. Wilkesboro/Downtown. Turn right at N.C. 115 N./Wilkesboro Hwy. Take the third right onto South Chipley Ford Road. Turn right at Fort Dobbs Road.

Distance from Charlotte: About 50 minutes.