History talks opens with Fort Dobbs discussion


By Eva Queen - equeen@civitasmedia.com



The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History kicked off its Fall History Talk Saturday with Fort Dobbs site manager Scott Douglas as guest speaker.

‘We feel like this a great way to get bring a part of our state history to the community,” said Matt Edwards, executive director for the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.

Douglas talked about the history of Fort Dobbs and North Carolina’s role in the French and Indian War. Fort Dobbs is located in Statesville.

The fort served as an early back country outpost in the 1780s for maintaining the safety of the people that lived in the surrounding regions. Mount Airy was a part of that region.

Fort Dobbs is the only site in North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites that is dedicated to the period of the French and Indian War (1754-1763.) It is North Carolina’s only link to a war for empire that crossed five continents and lasted nearly 10 yearz, according to Douglas.

The fort was completed in 1756 and served as a barracks for provincial soldiers charged with defending the frontier from American Indian raids. During its occupation the fort was attacked at least once by Cherokee warriors. With England’s victory, the North Carolina frontier moved west and the fort was abandoned. The structure quickly rotted and was dismantled. Archaeological efforts had located the site of the fort, restored some of its earthen features, and recovered thousands of artifacts. A campaign to re-build Fort Dobbs is under way, funded by the Friends of Fort Dobbs, explained Douglas.

Originally from Ontario, Canada, “I’ve lived in the States for most of my life. I studied history at UNC-Greensboro.” said Douglas.

Having worked in the museum field for 17 years at federal, state, and private sites covering a wide range of history. Douglas started working at Fort Dobbs eight years ago, first as the site’s historic interpreter and since 2014 as the site manager.

“This is a great way to get to get people talking about parts of our history that don’t get discussed,” said Edwards.

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will have history talks every second Saturday of the month through December.

By Eva Queen

equeen@civitasmedia.com

Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or equeen@civitasmedia.com

Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or equeen@civitasmedia.com

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