Fort Dobbs hosting War for Empire this weekend

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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:18 pm

Fort Dobbs will commemorate its role in the French and Indian War during this weekend’s annual War for Empire event.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission will cost $2 for anybody 5 and older.

There will be a variety of demonstrations every half-hour, including stone carving, art of cookery, artillery, skirmish, women of the army, 18th century music, Cherokee people and more.

“War for Empire is the largest French and Indian War re-enactment in North Carolina,” said Scott Douglas, historical interpreter at the fort. “We’re very excited to try a new battle scenario this year. It will be an experience that draws visitors into the forest and will allow them a glimpse of the wilderness warfare that was often a feature of the French and Indian War.”

Aside from the demonstrations, Friends of Fort Dobbs will raffle off a musket, powder horn, and sword as three separate prizes at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the raffle may be purchased until then. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds will go toward supporting Fort Dobbs’ educational programming and the reconstruction of the fort.

While the usual living history events at Fort Dobbs focus on the daily lives of 17th century soldiers, War for Empire focuses on the lives of settlers, Native Americans and soldiers during the time of the war.