Tour the restored 1792 home of General William Lenoir and step back into the lives of our forefathers. Fort Defiance, the 18th century home of Revolutionary War hero William Lenoir, is a fort in name only. Six generations of the Lenoir family lived there until January 1961. When the family left in 1961, the home was restored to its original state using William Lenoir’s extensive notes. Fort Defiance boasts more than 300 original pieces of furniture and artifacts. It is very unusual to have it all in one place. The grounds of the property feature a 200-year-old English boxwood garden, a 200-year-old oriental chestnut tree, and the largest beech tree in North Carolina.