Named for Royal Gov. Arthur Dobbs, who authorized the fort's construction in 1756, Ft. Dobbs provides a window into the tumultuous period of history known as the French and Indian War (1754-1763), or Seven Years War. As the only state historic site associated with the period, it represents North Carolina's link with a global war for empire that crossed five continents, lasted nearly a decade and sowed the seeds for independence. Tour the full-scale replica of Fort Dobbs. Self-guided tours of the grounds and Visitor Center are free. Guided tours $1-2/person.

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