Friends of
Sycamore Shoals
State Historic Park

Upcoming Events

    • 26 Jan 2020
    • 27 Dec 2020
    • 12 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    CANCELED FOR APRIL DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH CONCERNS

    Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month. Old time musicians of all levels are welcome. Don’t play an instrument? Come on over, kick back and enjoy the tunes!


    • 16 Apr 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH CONCERNS

    The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park sponsors many events at the park.  If you would like to be a part of what goes on behind the scenes, join us for our meetings.  The meetings are open to members, non-members, and prospective members alike.

    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH CONCERNS

    An exciting array of unusual ornamental and native perennials, trees, and shrubs will be auctioned during this event.  A great opportunity to add new species to your landscape!  Sponsored by the UT Extension Service, East TN Nursery Association, and the Elizabethton / Carter County Chamber of Commerce.

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH CONCERNS

    The front parking lot will be bustling this morning.  Bring cuttings and potted outdoor and indoor plants to exchange for species you don't have - a fun way to meet other gardeners and increase your collection.

    • 9 May 2020
    • 24 Oct 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Meet other birders and naturalists at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season.

    • 16 May 2020
    • 17 May 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    It is the summer of 1776 and the Watauga settlement is at war.  Join us as 200 colonial and Native reenactors present this dramatic retelling of the Cherokee attack brought on the settlers of the Watauga valley.  Visit the living history camps, shop with period vendors, and witness battle re-enactments both days.  Hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke, and see history come to life at the Siege of Fort Watauga.  Contact the park at (423) 543-5808 for a detailed schedule.

    • 21 May 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park sponsors many events at the park.  If you would like to be a part of what goes on behind the scenes, join us for our meetings.  The meetings are open to members, non-members, and prospective members alike.

    • 30 May 2020
    • 31 May 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    A two-day celebration of our Native American heritage.  Award-winning dancers, storytellers, artists, and scholars gather at the circle to share knowledge and demonstrate their skills.  Come and discover Native American arts, music, and legends, with an emphasis on the Cherokee culture.  Admission charge.

    • 27 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Experience the 4th of July, 18th century style.  What did colonists think about a new nation?  Be a guest in Fort Watauga as news of Independence arrives to the colonial frontier.  Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.

    • 9 Jul 2020
    • 26 Jul 2020
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    This multi-media exhibit is two art shows in one: "17th Annual Judged Show" and the "25th Annual Watauga Valley Art League Member Show."  Please join us for this popular summer event!

    Meet the Artists Awards Reception: Sunday, July 12, 2020 @ 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    • 9 Jul 2020
    • 25 Jul 2020
    • 9 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season July 9, 2020 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a three-weekend run – Thursdays through Saturdays – beginning each evening at 7:30 in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater.

    Tennessee’s official outdoor drama is presented by a cast of local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. Liberty! portrays the significant history of Sycamore Shoals during the late 18th century.

    The concept of outdoor drama offers a very unique format in which to present a theatrical performance.   Without a doubt, experiencing live theater, beside the cool waters of the Watauga River, with Fort Watauga as the backdrop to the play, is unlike any other.  Theatrical lighting, professional sound, and a host of unexpected effects completely immerse the audience in the lifestyles of the late 18th century.

    IMG_1099As the story unfolds, long hunters and settlers begin leaving the protection of the English Colonies, crossing the Appalachian Mountains in violation of the British Proclamation of 1763.  Historically, along the Watauga Old Fields, families soon made their homes, formed a new government, bought and traded land from the Cherokee, and ultimately, during the American Revolution, fought for the freedom we hold so dear today.

    The series of events that unfolded at Sycamore Shoals were critical to state and national history in the 18th century.  These dramatic chapters in America’s westward expansion set the tone for a number of events that helped propel the British colonies towards independence and a democratic form of government.   These stories are proudly shared with our guests during each performance of Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals.

    The 2020 season will also mark the 10th exciting year for Carter’s Trading Post, a venue named in honor of the original store opened by pioneers Carter and partner William Parker shortly after they arrived on the frontier in 1771.  A fine menu of mouth watering treats will be offered each evening for Liberty! guests.  During your visit to Sycamore Shoals, please plan the time to visit our new interpretive exhibit which opened in June of 2013.

    For ticket information: Liberty! Tickets

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs Thursdays-Saturdays in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    July 9 - 11, 2020
    July 16 – 18, 2020
    July 23 - 25, 2020


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.

    For more information, call SSSHP at (423) 543-5808.

    • 1 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this day-long winged adventure across town.  The morning is spent at Sycamore Shoals and the afternoon in other areas of Elizabethton.  Come for all or part of the day.  There is a small fee if you wish to have your name included on the official count list.  Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association and Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.  

    Rain date to be announced.

    • 1 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Cost: No charge - Registration is NOT necessary for this session.

    Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams! Each program meets in the park Community Room.


    • 20 Aug 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park sponsors many events at the park.  If you would like to be a part of what goes on behind the scenes, join us for our meetings.  The meetings are open to members, non-members, and prospective members alike.

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the "Gathering at Sycamore Shoals". This is a celebration of the Overmountain Men coming together to march to King’s Mountain and defeat Loyalist forces under Col. Patrick Ferguson. We will have a Memorial Service and a wreath laying service. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the wreath laying.

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 13 Sep 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Knapping—with a “K”—has nothing to do with sleep! Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the Knap-In at Fort Watauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week.

    Watch primitive skills craftsmen make arrowheads, spear points, and other survival tools.  There will be demonstrations of primitive tools such as the bow, arrow, and atlatl  throughout the day.

    • 17 Sep 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park sponsors many events at the park.  If you would like to be a part of what goes on behind the scenes, join us for our meetings.  The meetings are open to members, non-members, and prospective members alike.

    • 25 Sep 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    On September 25, 1780, the Overmountain Men gathered at Sycamore Shoals on their march to victory at King’s Mountain.  Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated this historic journey since 1975, following the same route and timetable as their legendary forebears.  Marchers will cross the Watauga River at the Sycamore Shoals, as the frontiersmen would have done 240 years ago.

    Approximate time of crossing the river is 2:00 PM.


    • 26 Sep 2020
    • 27 Sep 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Join us for an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780.  Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution.

    • 2 Oct 2020
    • 4 Oct 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    This three-day exhibition, sponsored by the Sycamore Shoals Stitchers, features a show and demonstration by local quilters.  Bed quilts, wall hangings, holiday and baby quilts, miniatures and antique quilts will be on display.


    • 15 Oct 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park sponsors many events at the park.  If you would like to be a part of what goes on behind the scenes, join us for our meetings.  The meetings are open to members, non-members, and prospective members alike.

    • 17 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Cost: No charge - Registration is NOT necessary for this session.

    Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams! Each program meets in the park Community Room.


    • 18 Oct 2020
    • 1 Nov 2020
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Displays of 8 X 10 or smaller works by members of the Watauga Valley Art League are featured during this art event.

    Reception: Sunday, October 18, 2020 @ 1:30 PM

    • 29 Oct 2020
    • 7:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river. Bring the family and join us for tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre, with a touch of wit thrown in for good measure. Don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted… we think!

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 15 Nov 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Join the festivities at Fort Watauga as the Washington County Militia gather to celebrate recent victories in the War for Independence and give thanks for a bountiful harvest.  Enjoy demonstrations of 18th Century life and living history presentations.




    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 15 Nov 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Fall is the time we plan our winter projects and our handmade holiday gifts.  Spend a day visiting our regions finest fiber producers and artists.  The day will include workshops, vendors with handmade items for sale, raw fibers, and demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and more.

    • 19 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Friends of Sycamore Shoals Annual Membership Meeting

    Dinner will be provided.  Please make reservations so we can order the correct amount of food.

    • 4 Dec 2020
    • 5 Dec 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Carter Mansion, 1031 Broad St., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays.  Enjoy music, refreshments, and historic interpreters acting out scenes from the 18th Century Christmas.  This Christmas celebration is by reservation only and space is limited.  Contact the Park at regular operating hours for more information.

    • 6 Dec 2020
    • 1:30 PM
    • 16 Dec 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Kick off the holidays at Sycamore Shoals.  The Watauga Valley Art League exhibition and sale begins with at reception on December 6 at 1:30 PM with great opportunities for holiday shopping.  Artwork from the Watauga Valley Art League will remain on display during regular Park hours through December 16.

Past events

4 Apr 2020 Carter Mansion Celebration and Militia Muster
28 Mar 2020 Workshop: Watermedia Painting Class
25 Mar 2020 Sabine Hill Guided Tour
21 Mar 2020 Spring Hike
21 Mar 2020 Vegetable Gardening with Ben Hunter
19 Mar 2020 Friends of Sycamore Shoals Board Meeting
18 Mar 2020 Carter Mansion Tour
14 Mar 2020 Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show and Sale
11 Mar 2020 Sabine Hill Guided Tour
6 Mar 2020 The Overmountain Institute
4 Mar 2020 Carter Mansion Tour
1 Mar 2020 Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program
29 Feb 2020 Auditions for Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
26 Feb 2020 Carter Mansion Tour
23 Feb 2020 Auditions for Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
20 Feb 2020 Friends of Sycamore Shoals Board Meeting
19 Feb 2020 Sabine Hill Guided Tour
19 Feb 2020 Workshop: Late 18th - mid 19th Century Women's Reticule
16 Feb 2020 An Early 19th Century Formal Sweetheart Tea
14 Feb 2020 Colonial Valentine
12 Feb 2020 Carter Mansion Tour
9 Feb 2020 Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program
5 Feb 2020 Sabine Hill Guided Tour
5 Feb 2020 Workshop: Zipper Magic
1 Feb 2020 Workshop: Quill Pens, Writing, and Letter Posting in the early 19th Century
1 Feb 2020 Raised Bed Gardening with Ben Hunter
29 Jan 2020 Carter Mansion Tour
22 Jan 2020 Sabine Hill Tour
22 Jan 2020 Workshop: Basic Sewing - Potholders / Ovenmitt
19 Jan 2020 An Afternoon of Early 19th Century Dance with the Sabine Hill Social Society
16 Jan 2020 Friends of Sycamore Shoals Board Meeting
15 Jan 2020 Carter Mansion Tour
12 Jan 2020 Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program
8 Jan 2020 Workshop: Hello Sewing Machine
8 Jan 2020 Sabine Hill Tour
4 Jan 2020 Old Christmas at Fort Watauga
1 Jan 2020 "First Footing" at the Historic John & Landon Carter House
14 Jul 2019 Meet-the-Artist Awards Reception
12 Jul 2019 Summer Art Show at Sycamore Shoals
11 Jul 2019 Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals – Our 41st Year!
29 Jun 2019 Independence on the Frontier: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga
1 Jun 2019 29th Annual Native American Festival
18 May 2019 25th Annual Siege at Fort Watauga
11 May 2019 Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter
27 Apr 2019 Community Plant Exchange
13 Apr 2019 Annual Plant Auction
6 Apr 2019 Carter Mansion Celebration & Militia Muster
8 Mar 2019 The Overmountain Institute
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Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 1772, Elizabethton TN 37644-1772
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
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