Local Spotlight: Fort Dobbs Historic Site

Fort Dobbs Historic Site

Over the past couple of months, many local spots have closed to help keep our community safe. Whether you’re still social distancing or you’re providing essential services, you can entertain yourself in your downtime with our latest local spotlight. We’re taking a virtual visit to Fort Dobbs Historic Site. Read on to learn more!

What is Fort Dobbs Historic Site?

Fort Dobbs Historic Site has been around for quite some time. It was built back in 1755—before America even officially became a country. Named after then-governor of North Carolina, Arthur Dobbs, it operated as a military headquarters. One of its main objectives involved protecting settlers on the frontier. Troops also benefited from having a stronghold there during the French and Indian War.

Still, the fort itself—and the 50 military men inside—didn’t last for too long. With the war over in 1761, soldiers were sent away to other places, and the fort fell completely out of use.

Even though it was abandoned, however, it has served a great purpose in modern times! Dr. Stanley South and his team of archeologists located the fort in 1968, more than 200 years after it was left alone. Archeologists have been able to learn a lot about the past, finding artifacts and architecture, thanks to this discovery.

What can I do at Fort Dobbs Historic Site?

Though current programs, areas, and exhibits may undergo changes in response to COVID-19, here are some of the features the fort has displayed over the years:

  • Historical reenactments;
  • A log cabin visitor center;
  • A nature trail;
  • A picnic area;
  • A gift shop;
  • Guided tours; and
  • The remains of Fort Dobbs.

Visiting Details

Fort Dobbs Historic Site has spent the better part of the last two months closed. As of May 12, the fort has officially opened again. You can visit it on Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please remember that all guests must follow social distancing! Find the fort at 438 Fort Dobbs Road.

Finally, admission is free for all. You are welcome to give a modest voluntary donation if you wish.


Fort Dobbs Historical Site offers visitors a chance to step back in time. History fans, budding archeologists, casual visitors, and more can all find something interesting to see!

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