STATESVILLE – Learn how North Carolina survived numerous invading military forces and sent tens of thousands of her sons and daughters off to war over the past three centuries at the Fort Dobbs State Historic Site.

Experience a "Military Timeline at Fort Dobbs" at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at the historic site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road.

Re-enactors portraying Cherokee warriors, Johnny Reb and Billy Yank, World War II G.I.s and grunts from Vietnam, among others, will be there to share how their uniforms, equipment and experience have changed during that time.

In summer 1755, 50 soldiers arrived on a remote hilltop near present-day Statesville with orders to build a fort to mark the edge of the British Empire.

Fort Dobbs protected colonists from attacks by the French-allied Cherokee Indians during the French and Indian War (1754-1763), also known as the Seven Years War.

Fort Dobbs now serves as the only state historic site dedicated to the war, even though it spanned five continents. The historic site offers musket and cannon firings, as well as other living history displays. Details: 704-873-5882 or