Fort Dobbs Ready to Begin Construction
The Friends of Fort Dobbs announced that the reconstruction of the French and Indian War fort is about to begin. After several years of planning and a grassroots fundraising campaign, the organization has achieved their goal to begin the first phase of the project.
Fort Dobbs was a three-story log building that housed 50 soldiers during the 1750s and helped to guard the new settlement on North Carolina's frontier. The original structure disappeared into farmland centuries ago, but research and archaeology have fueled efforts to preserve the site and to re-built the 8,000 square foot structure. As a State Historic Site, Fort Dobbs is the only site in North Carolina at which the public can learn about the state's role in the first global war.
At Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony, Secretary Susan Kluttz of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources thanked the Friends of Fort Dobbs for their tireless fundraising efforts and acknowledged the benefits of the public-private partnership between the non-profit group and the State. Senator Andrew Brock and Representative Rena Turner received thanks on behalf of the legislature for that body's recent appropriation of $150,000 toward the total construction cost.
The first phase of the reconstruction will include the building's foundation, chimney and the first three courses of wall logs.
For additional information, please call (704) 873-5882. Fort Dobbs is within the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
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 NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.
- 438 Fort Dobbs Rd
- Statesville, NC 28625
- (704) 873-5882