Street Address
Hwy 268
Lenior, NC 28645
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 686
Lenior, NC 28645
phone: 828-758-1671
April - October:
Thursday - Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

November - March:
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
or by appointment
Adults $6.00
Children $4.00
under 5 free
Call for group rates
Becky Phillips, Executive Director
phone: 828-758-1671
Ike Forester, President
phone: 336-838-7322




This exquisite 18th century home was build by Revolutionary War hero, General William Lenoir and named for a frontier fort that stood nearby. The home has been fully restored to its late 18th, early 19th century splendor and houses over 300 original furnishings and historic household items.

Enjoy a costumed guided tour and step back into the lives of our forefathers. Imagine a winter's night spent nestled under handmade quilts. Experience frontier life in an authentic 18th century setting.

Stroll the grounds and discover remnants of a two hundred plus year-old English boxwood garden, a smokehouse and a reconstructed kitchen. Encounter plant life unique to this site: a 200 year old hybrid Chestnut tree, a Bald Cypress and the state certified largest American Beech tree in North Carolina. Walk through the family cemetery and let the oldest grave (1785), that of daughter Elizabeth Lenoir, evoke the struggles and triumphs of frontier life.

Artifacts Collections

Collections include numerous items of furniture, utensils, pottery and china, textiles, family portraits and paintings, books, farm implements and personal items which belonged to General William Lenoir.

Educational Programs

School groups are encouraged to tour the site. Currently school groups from several area counties visit the Fort annually. The site regularly entertains teachers and students with guided tours and demonstrations of colonial skills and games. The largest program for students occurs the last week of September each year when the site hosts it's "living history days". In addition to the house/museum various individuals are on the grounds demonstrating such things as driving oxen, fire starting, frontier cooking, spinning and weaving, soap making, etc. This event draws over 1,000 students and their teachers from the area.


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