Special to Iredell Free News

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site in Statesville will offer a glimpse of the harrowing days of the Anglo-Cherokee War on Saturday, February 26.

The Cherokee and British had been allies when the French and Indian War started, but tensions quickly spiraled into hostilities. The fort was engaged by up to 70 Cherokee warriors in a confusing night-time skirmish on February 27, 1760.

The 262nd anniversary program will feature living history interpreters portraying provincial soldiers, settlers, and members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Musket and swivel cannon firing demonstrations, as well as on-going demonstrations of 18th century military camp life, including wood working and cooking, will be featured. All programming is outdoors, but limited tours of the fort will be offered through the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 per person to tour the fort.


For more information, contact Fort Dobbs at (704) 873-5882 or www.fortdobbs.org.

About Fort Dobbs

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of Fort Dobbs and North Carolina’s role in the French and Indian War. Fort Dobbs is located at 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville, and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special events and living history weekends are offered throughout the year. It is part of the Division of N.C. State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.