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Fort Dobbs Historic Site
Fort Dobbs was an 18th-century fort near Statesville in Iredell County. The fort was built to protect the British settlers of the western portion of what was then Rowan County, and served as a vital outpost for soldiers, traders, and colonial officials. Fort Dobbs' was intended to provide protection from French-allied Native Americans such as the Shawnee and Delaware, and French raids into North Carolina.
The fort is named for Arthur Dobbs, the colonial Governor of North Carolina from 1755 to 1765, . On February 27, 1760, the fort was the site of an engagement between Cherokee warriors and Provincial soldiers that ended in a victory for the Provincials. Fort Dobbs was abandoned after 1761.
Fort Dobbs • 438 Fort Dobbs Road • Statesville, NC 28625
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The State of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural History maintains and operates the area as Fort Dobbs State Historic Site. The fully rebuilt Fort Dobbs officially opened September 21, 2019. This 3D model is based on photographs taken in August 2019.
3D model of Fort Dobbs reconstruction.