Learn about Frontier Foodways at library program

Published 9:21 am Thursday, April 21, 2016

Join the Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society on April 28 at 7  pm at the Davie County Public Library on North Main Street in Mocksville.

The Subject of 18th Century Military Foodways on the Carolina Frontier will be presented by Frank M. McMahon. This presentation explores Anglo-American military foodways during the last half of the 18th Century, roughly corresponding with the Seven Years War in North America. The talk will focus on the interpretation of military foodways at Fort Dobbs State Historic Site in Statesville.

Fort Dobbs was a frontier base of operations for North Carolina provincial soldiers between 1755 and 1764.  Archaeological excavations at the site in the 1960s and 1970s have revealed much about the subsistence of the soldiers that were once stationed there.

Today, Fort Dobb is the only North Carolina State Historic Site that tells the story of the Seven Years War. Presenter Frank McMahon will use a combination of archaeological and primary text research to shed some light on the lives of the soldiers that once protected the North Carolina frontier 250 years ago.

McMahon is the lead historical interpreter at Fort Dobbs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology/archaeology from Indian University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in park and resource management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.  He has served with the National Park Service and Forest Service including Valley Forge National Historical park.