In 1754, Englishman Arthur Dobbs arrived in America to take over as governor of North Carolina in the midst of the French and Indian War. To protect the state, Dobbs had Fort Dobbs built near present-day Statesville and made Hugh Waddell commander of it. On the night of February 23, 1760, the Cherokee Indians orchestrated an attack on the fort, but the defenders fought fiercely and the Indians backed down. By 1766, Fort Dobbs lay in ruins. In 1970, the fort was recorded on the National Register of Historic Places and restoration of it began. Today, the fully restored fort sits on a thirty-three-acre plot of land complete with a visitors center and playground.