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Creating A Historically Accurate Roof For A North Carolina Landmark.

Photo by Logan Burris for Carolina Heritage Guide.

The Reconstruction Of Historic Fort Dobbs

A historical landmark from the French and Indian War is now guarding the frontier once more.  Fort Dobbs dates back to 1755, 21 years before 13 British colonies declared their independence.  It was named for Arthur Dobbs, North Carolina’s royal governor from 1754 to 1764, the fort was meant to be a haven for Carolina settlers and was the only military post on the Colonial frontier between South Carolina and Virginia.

Recreating the historical fort required great attention to detail.  The general contractor of the project, G.L. Wilson Building Co. of Statesville, selected Statesville Roofing & Building Restoration to install the cedar shake roof on the structure.

"This was a great project for us," said Dan Pope, Vice President of SR&BR. "The challenge was to build a roof that was historically accurate in look but utilized modern roof technology to be weather resistant."  Another interesting fact is that some of the logs used to build the fort were harvested from Pope family land.

Photo Courtesy of G.L. Wilson Building Co.

Fort Dobbs is now open for visitors 9 am - 5 pm, Monday through Saturday at 438 Fort Dobbs Rd, Statesville, NC 28625.  We invite you to come visit the first fort built in over 200 years.


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