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    • 23 Jan 2022
    • 27 Nov 2022
    • 11 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    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.

    Contact the park at (423) 543-5808 for more information.


    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Meeting.


    • 23 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643

    By today's standards, information traveled slowly in the 18th century.  Be a guest in Fort Watauga as news of Independence finally arrives on the colonial frontier.  What did the early settlers think about the new nation?  From fear of war to the hope of a brighter future, walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration.

    • 6 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Meet naturalist Don Hold 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.  (Rain Date to be announced if needed.)

    • 6 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    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's Visitor Center Gathering Room.  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.


    • 18 Aug 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Meeting.


    • 27 Aug 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Sycamore Shoals is forever linked with the rich traditions and influence of the Native Cherokee.  Join us for a day devoted to sharing Cherokee history and culture through traditional arts and historical presentations.  Activities include traditional Cherokee dance, music, language, cooking demonstrations, and skills such as basketmaking, finger weaving, beadwork, and woodcarving.  Contact the park at (423) 543-5808 for a detailed schedule.  Admission charge at the door.

    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Join the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution at Fort Watauga in honor of the Overmountain Men and their victory over loyalist forces at the Battle of Kings Mountain.  The 242nd anniversary of the "Gathering at Sycamore Shoals" will be celebrated with a memorial service and a ceremonial wreath laying.

    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 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.  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.

    • 15 Sep 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Meeting.


    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Join us for a weekend of living history demonstrations at the encampment of the Overmountain militia before the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780.  Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution.

    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to Kings Mountain since 1975.  On September 25, marchers will cross the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 242 years ago.

    • 1 Oct 2022
    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 4 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.

    • 7 Oct 2022
    • 9 Oct 2022
    • 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 demonstrations by local quilters.  Bed quilts, wall hangings, holiday and baby quilts, miniatures and antique quilts will be on display.

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    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's Visitor Center Gathering Room.  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.


    • 20 Oct 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Meeting.


    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 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.  But don't be afraid.  Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn't haunted....  Or is it???  Join us for an evening of family friendly stories, songs, and tales that are sure to send a shiver down your spine and tickle your funny bone.

    • 12 Nov 2022
    • 13 Nov 2022
    • 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 the bountiful harvest.  Enjoy demonstrations of 18th century life and living history presentations.

    • 12 Nov 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 Nov 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 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 region's finest fiber producers and artists.  The day will include workshops, vendors with handmade items for sale, raw fiber, and demonstrations of spinning, weaving and more.

    • 17 Nov 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Annual Membership Meeting.


    • 3 Dec 2022
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Tennessee's oldest frame house takes on a special atmosphere during the holiday season.  Step back in time and enjoy learning about the Christmas traditions of Colonial America as you visit the beautiful and historic John and Landon Carter Mansion, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays.  Tours are by reservation only and space is limited.  Contact the park at (423) 543-5808 for more information.  Admission charge.

Past events

23 Jun 2022 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
18 Jun 2022 Flint Knapping - Making Stone Tools Workshop
16 Jun 2022 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
10 Jun 2022 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
3 Jun 2022 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
21 May 2022 27th Annual Siege at Fort Watauga
21 May 2022 Spring Knap-In at Fort Watauga
7 May 2022 Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter
23 Apr 2022 ***Canceled*** Annual Plant Auction
21 Apr 2022 Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Meeting
9 Apr 2022 The Watauga Association 250th Anniversary Celebration
20 Mar 2022 First Day of Spring Hike
20 Mar 2022 Fellowship English Country Dancing
19 Mar 2022 Irish Recipes on the Open Hearth
19 Mar 2022 Vegetable Gardening with Ben Hunter
18 Mar 2022 Full Moon Hike - Watauga Purchase 247th Anniversary
17 Mar 2022 Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Meeting
12 Mar 2022 Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show and Sale
6 Mar 2022 Watauga Valley Art League & Guest Speaker
5 Mar 2022 Weed Wrangle 2022
17 Feb 2022 Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Meeting
13 Feb 2022 19th Century Dancing
5 Feb 2022 Raised Bed Gardening with Ben Hunter
23 Jan 2022 Auditions for Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
20 Jan 2022 Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Meeting
16 Jan 2022 Fellowship English Country Dancing
15 Jan 2022 Auditions for Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
8 Jan 2022 Old Christmas at Fort Watauga
28 Aug 2021 Cherokee Heritage Day
24 Jul 2021 Independence on the Frontier: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga
26 Jun 2021 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
25 Jun 2021 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
24 Jun 2021 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
19 Jun 2021 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
18 Jun 2021 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
17 Jun 2021 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
12 Jun 2021 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
11 Jun 2021 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
5 Jun 2021 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
4 Jun 2021 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
16 May 2021 27th Annual Siege at Fort Watauga
15 May 2021 27th Annual Siege at Fort Watauga
10 Apr 2021 Carter Mansion Celebration and Militia Muster
28 Feb 2021 Liberty! Auditions
27 Feb 2021 Liberty! Auditions
19 Nov 2020 Friends of Sycamore Shoals Annual Membership Meeting
15 Oct 2020 Friends of Sycamore Shoals Board Meeting
17 Sep 2020 Friends of Sycamore Shoals Board Meeting
20 Aug 2020 Friends of Sycamore Shoals Board Meeting
9 Jul 2020 Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals - Canceled for the 2020 Season
18 Jun 2020 Friends of Sycamore Shoals Board Meeting
30 May 2020 30th Annual Native American Festival - Canceled for 2020
21 May 2020 Friends of Sycamore Shoals Board Meeting
16 May 2020 26th Annual Siege at Fort Watauga - Postponed until November 2020
25 Apr 2020 Community Plant Exchange
18 Apr 2020 Annual Plant Auction
16 Apr 2020 Friends of Sycamore Shoals Board Meeting
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 Sabine Hill Tour
8 Jan 2020 Workshop: Hello Sewing Machine
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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