Old Fort getting a Revolutionary War fort (NC)

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OLD FORT - It has been a curiosity for decades: a town named for something that’s just not there.

Old Fort has been lacking one - new or old - since 1916. But that’s about to change.

A devoted group of volunteers is erecting a replica of the Revolutionary War-era fort that once stood as a gateway to the western frontier, an endeavor that organizers and local leaders say should give a boost to regional tourism and the small town’s sense of history.

“It could bring a lot of people to Old Fort, and of course we all want visitors and tourists,” said Bud Hogan, a 78-year-old native of McDowell County whose company, Arrowhead Inc., sold the land for the new fort. “It could be a big thing for Old Fort.”

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