Fort Defiance

Thank you for visiting Fort Defiance: Home of William Lenoir.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which works to preserve and share the life and times of William Lenoir and his 1792 historic home.

Closed April 15th and 16th for Easter Holidays

 We are open for tours:

April through October

Thursday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Last tour is usually 1 hour before closing


New Winter Hours

November – March

Saturday and Sunday 12- 4

Weekends only or by appointment.


 Admission: $7.00 adults. $5.00 children (5 – 15), children under 5 free





Photography is strictly prohibited inside the historic house museum. Relic hunting and/or the use of a metal detector is prohibited on the grounds of Fort Defiance.  Removal of any artifacts from the grounds will result in prosecution.





Address and Directions
Physical Address:
1792 Fort Defiance Drive
Lenoir, NC 28645

We look forward to your visit!


  1. We looked for over an hour trying to locate Fort Defiance with no luck, this site is poorly marked to say the least.

    • David,

      I’m not sure where you were coming from. We have a brown historic highway sign on 321, another at the bridge at the turn for 268 and a sign stating Fort defiance half mile ahead. We also have a sign at the entrance on 268. Were you coming from the Wilkes county side or the caldwell side?

  2. General William Lenoir is my great × 4 grandfather. I would love to visit this site some day! My son’s middle name is Lenoir, as is the tradition of the Church branch of the Lenoir family, and we’re often asked how he got such a unique name. (The Church branch or the Lenoir family descended from Julia Lenoir, daughter of Walter Raleigh, son of Gen. William Lenoir – Julia married my great ×3 grandpa, Rev Samuel Church)

  3. I sent request for two tickets to the oyster roast last Sunday. I have had no reply. I also called and left a message with no reply. I assume that I do not have tickets to the Oyster Roast on October 8th and that you have not made a credit on my Visa account?
    Sandra W. Leopard
    828 754 0626
    reservation in the name Woodrow W. Leopard,Jr.

  4. Do you do homeschool field trips during the week? If so, please email me so we can see if we can coordinate something. Thank you.

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