Fort Defiance hosts living-history demonstrations

Oct. 21, 2013 @ 06:48 PM

Fort Defiance, Gen. William Lenoir’s 1792 home in the Yadkin Valley, hosts its annual Living History Days event this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The public will have the opportunity to tour the general’s 1792 home and see numerous items used by the Lenoir family throughout their six generations of occupying the house. Fort Defiance is considered to be one of the most unique restorations in the country and boasts of more than 300 pieces of original furnishings and artifacts, making the home unlike any other in western North Carolina.

Activities focus on reliving history to tell the story of the Lenoir family and this area's forefathers. Demonstrations will include farming techniques with a brace of oxen, open-hearth cooking, building primitive shelters, dyeing and weaving, candle making, primitive and woodland living skills, children’s work and flintlock firing demonstrations. This year will also feature a traditional crafters area with a flintlock gun maker, powder horn maker and a fiddle maker. There also will be an entertainer in period garb demonstrating feats of juggling and dexterity. Concessions will be available, and costumed tours of the historic house will be included in the admission fee.

“As usual area school children will be visiting all during the week prior to the public days and will get a chance to experience firsthand what life would have been like on the North Carolina frontier through hands-on history and activities,” executive director Becky Phillips said.

The public will have the opportunity to participate in these same hands-on activities during the weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.

A small admission fee is charged for this event, with all proceeds going to the continued preservation of Fort Defiance, which is organized as a private non-profit that receives no state or federal funds.

Fort Defiance is on N.C. 268 just 5.5 miles east of U.S. 321. For more information call 828-758-1671 or email