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“Living history”
Review of Fort Dobbs

Fort Dobbs
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Statesville
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Owner description: The only state historic site in North Carolina which interprets the French and Indian War.
Salisbury, North Carolina
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92 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Living history”
Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

Went to an event and enjoyed myself. The actors were informative and were very helpful. Will come back for the next event

1 Thank Lashonna_G
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“One of the State's best kept secrets - regretably!”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

Fort Dobbs is a fascinating site that deserves a lot more attention than it currently gets. It's well interpreted given the state of reconstruction and limited staff. They do a LOT with a little to educated those who find the place on the significance of it. It deserves a greater share of the available resources than what it gets.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Jay C
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Durham, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A One-of-A-Kind Historic Site”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

I had the good fortune to visit Fort Dobbs during one of their reenactment weekends, and had a great time! I learned a great deal about North Carolina's history during the French & Indian War, and enjoyed some excellent demonstrations of 18th century cooking and musket firing demos. Some other reviewers mention that this site would be better with the actual fort, but its the staff and volunteers that really make this place memorable. This site has LOTS of potential and I am excited to see how Fort Dobbs progresses in the near future!

Visited November 2013
1 Thank JerDG
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Ticonderoga, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“NC's best historic interpretation!”
Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Fort Dobbs has an amazing and widely unknown story to share. As the only French and Indian War (1754-1763) historic site today in NC it not only interprets the global war known as the Seven Years War in Europe and NC's role in it, Dobbs also highlights the very personal story if 18th century settlement history. This story connects the struggles, sacrifices, hopes and dreams of the very people that made America. Today Fort Dobbs is primarily an archeological site with some visitor amenities. With that said, a guest would be hard pressed to find a more authentically interpreted site in a very intimate setting. At Fort Dobbs guests interact with passionate and knowledgeable staff who have set the bar for historical interpretation in NC. Future plans include the reconstruction of the fort as funding allows, but the real story is about the people who made this history. That story is brought to life every day. Fort Dobbs is easy to access close to I-77 and I-40 in Statesville. The town has a great little historic town with cafes and shops. Makes a great day trip!

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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great For Field Trips, But...”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

...probably ought to skip unless you're a diehard history buff. I have a feeling it's much, much better when seen as part of re-enactment. It's not that it's bad, it's good, but it's small. Ultimately, I'd agree that it needs to have a replica built to make it worthwhile to the general public.

Visited June 2013
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