Colonial Militia Training at Fort Dobbs June 29

Military drills and 1700s camp life will be examined at Fort Dobbs.

Most able-bodied men were required by North Carolina law to serve in the colony’s militia in the 1750s. They gathered several times a year for military training and could be called away at any time, leaving homes and businesses to defend the colony. Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will feature living history interpreters recreating an 18th century militia muster June 29.

Military training was part of life for the citizen soldiers, and the muster re-enactment will portray residents of “Fourth Creek Settlement,” as Statesville then was known. The presentation will feature scheduled musket firing demonstrations, period cooking and military camp life. 

Visitors also will see progress on the reconstructed fort, which will open this fall.

The free program will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  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.

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