Special to Iredell Free News

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a glimpse of the harrowing days of the Anglo-Cherokee War on Saturday, February 24.

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 264th anniversary program will feature living history interpreters portraying colonial soldiers and settlers, as well as Cherokee. Musket and swivel cannon firing demonstrations, as well as on-going demonstrations of life inside a blockhouse fort including woodworking and cooking, will be featured.

The program will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but a $2 donation is suggested.

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site is located at 438 Fort Dobbs Road in Statesville.

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. It is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-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. For more information, contact Fort Dobbs at (704) 873-5882 or www.fortdobbs.org.