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.

We Now Have Fans for the Upstairs. We still encourage you to come in the mornings when it is cooler. 

 We are open for tours April through October

Thursday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, last tour at 4:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, last tour at 4:00 PM


November – March

Weekends only or by appointment.


 Admission: $7.00 adults. $5.00 children (school age), children under 5 free


Upcoming Events:

 July 30 & 31st, 2016  Laura Lenoir Norwood Commemoration: A Southern Belle of the Civil War In Lenoir NC.  

Special Gate admission $5 per person

 Please visit our events page for more detailed information




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. I notice you do not have Jeff Stepp’s July 30/31 event on your calendar. to get more public, you need to announce this.

    • Brenda,

      I’ve been waiting to get a list of the speakers and schedule of activities for the day. But I’m going to go ahead and post ASAP. We’ve been having problems with our word press lately and couldn’t get things to upload recently. Think we have it fixed now. As soon as Jeff send the schedule I’ll post that as well.

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