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    • 15 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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.

    • 16 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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.

    • 4 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
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    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season June 4, 2021 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a four-weekend run 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.

    As 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 2021 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.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs every weekend in June in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    June 4 - 5, 2021
    June 11 – 12, 2021
    June 17 - 19, 2021
    June 24 - 26, 2021


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Pre-performance announcements start at 7:15 PM.

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

    • 5 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
                                                      BUY TICKETS NOW

    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season June 4, 2021 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a four-weekend run 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.

    As 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 2021 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.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs every weekend in June in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    June 4 - 5, 2021
    June 11 – 12, 2021
    June 17 - 19, 2021
    June 24 - 26, 2021


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Pre-performance announcements start at 7:15 PM.

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

    • 11 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
                                                      BUY TICKETS NOW

    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season June 4, 2021 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a four-weekend run 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.

    As 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 2021 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.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs every weekend in June in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    June 4 - 5, 2021
    June 11 – 12, 2021
    June 17 - 19, 2021
    June 24 - 26, 2021


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Pre-performance announcements start at 7:15 PM.

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

    • 12 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
                                                      BUY TICKETS NOW

    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season June 4, 2021 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a four-weekend run 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.

    As 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 2021 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.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs every weekend in June in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    June 4 - 5, 2021
    June 11 – 12, 2021
    June 17 - 19, 2021
    June 24 - 26, 2021


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Pre-performance announcements start at 7:15 PM.

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

    • 17 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
                                                      BUY TICKETS NOW

    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season June 4, 2021 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a four-weekend run 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.

    As 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 2021 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.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs every weekend in June in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    June 4 - 5, 2021
    June 11 – 12, 2021
    June 17 - 19, 2021
    June 24 - 26, 2021


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Pre-performance announcements start at 7:15 PM.

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

    • 18 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
                                                      BUY TICKETS NOW

    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season June 4, 2021 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a four-weekend run 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.

    As 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 2021 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.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs every weekend in June in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    June 4 - 5, 2021
    June 11 – 12, 2021
    June 17 - 19, 2021
    June 24 - 26, 2021


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Pre-performance announcements start at 7:15 PM.

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

    • 19 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
                                                      BUY TICKETS NOW

    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season June 4, 2021 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a four-weekend run 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.

    As 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 2021 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.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs every weekend in June in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    June 4 - 5, 2021
    June 11 – 12, 2021
    June 17 - 19, 2021
    June 24 - 26, 2021


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Pre-performance announcements start at 7:15 PM.

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

    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
                                                      BUY TICKETS NOW

    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season June 4, 2021 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a four-weekend run 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.

    As 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 2021 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.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs every weekend in June in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    June 4 - 5, 2021
    June 11 – 12, 2021
    June 17 - 19, 2021
    June 24 - 26, 2021


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Pre-performance announcements start at 7:15 PM.

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

    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
                                                      BUY TICKETS NOW

    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season June 4, 2021 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a four-weekend run 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.

    As 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 2021 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.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs every weekend in June in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    June 4 - 5, 2021
    June 11 – 12, 2021
    June 17 - 19, 2021
    June 24 - 26, 2021


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Pre-performance announcements start at 7:15 PM.

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

    • 26 Jun 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
                                                      BUY TICKETS NOW

    The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 42nd season June 4, 2021 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a four-weekend run 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.

    As 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 2021 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.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs every weekend in June in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    June 4 - 5, 2021
    June 11 – 12, 2021
    June 17 - 19, 2021
    June 24 - 26, 2021


    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Pre-performance announcements start at 7:15 PM.

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

    • 24 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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.

    • 28 Aug 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643

    Schedule and times to be announced.

    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 for a detailed schedule.  Admission charge.

Past events

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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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
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