A Walk In Their Boots

A Timeline of American Military History

A Walk in Their Boots - Poster

Come out on this weekend before Veteran’s Day and step back in time. Experience life on the front lines as an American military soldier and follow his footsteps through the earliest frontier days, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, America’s Civil War, World War I, World War II and beyond. See firsthand, how the uniforms, equipment and weapons developed over the years. Follow the path of America’s proudest tradition, that of its military veterans.

As a timeline event, re-enactors and historical interpreters will walk you through each period, displaying artifacts and conducting interactive demonstrations that will show you how these men and women contributed to securing American freedom and how they have protected it to this day. Tour the period encampments, see how soldiers lived in the field and what resources they had to survive!

Plus, do not miss the battle skirmish presentations for three specific time periods. At 11 am you can watch a Revolutionary battle assault on the historic Fort Watauga. At 1 pm there will be a Civil War skirmish and at 3 pm we wrap up with a WWII American Airborne assault on a German paratrooper unit a la D-Day, 1944. Do not miss this opportunity to see period equipment and weapons in action!

This event is FREE to the public and we encourage all veterans to attend!



Park Historic Interpreter – Chad Bogart

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Event Coordinator/Timeline Director – Keith Rutherford


The Five Oh First Group

WWII 101st Airborne Re-enactment Group

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2nd annual Spinning & Fiber Meet


Saturday, October 11, 2014

9 am – 4:00 pm 

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On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area and the Liberty Spinners will be present their 2nd annual Spinning and Fiber Meet!

The fiber arts are deeply rooted in the tradition of Sycamore Shoals, a site rich in history dating back to the 18th century. We are excited to present a special event which will focus on traditions that are so much a part of our story!

In addition to presenting a fun educational event for our park guests, the day will showcase local fiber producers and their products, include a variety of talented vendors, and offer the opportunity to learn via workshops or observe varied weaving, spinning, and fiber demonstrations throughout the day.

This event will be held in the Visitors Center and on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals on the above date from 9 am until 4 pm.

Demonstrations include Basketry with Candy Alexander, Natural Dyeing , Flax Preparation with Vickie Almaroad, Kumihimo & Jewelry with Rudi and Arlene Angelmaier, Cornhusk Dolls with Teresa Asbury, and Spinning with Jan Turner.

We are also pleased to welcome Appalachian Journey Farm and Isley Creek Farm, both of who will be showing their alpacas and/or llamas during the day.

Vendors David and Jane Doan will be selling raw wool fleeces. In addition, visit their table at 10:30 am, 1 pm or 3 pm and try your hand at making a wool dryer ball! For a very small fee, you will learn how to make one of these wonderful fleece creations that will cut your clothes drying time in half!

Workshops are listed below and should be registered for in advance by calling the park at 423-543-5808. Be sure to register early and take advantage of the opportunity to learn one or more of these great skills from very knowledgeable instructors! All of the following workshops will be held on Saturday, October 11th – please call the park at 423-543-5808 to pre-register! 

Traditional Rug Hooking with Wool                                    

9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Instructor: Joani Douglas

Cost: $35 (includes frame and hook, and all project supplies)

Min: 4         Max: 8

Students will learn about traditional rug hooking and how to plan and complete a project from start to finish. A kit is supplied to each student that contains everything needed to complete one 8 inch “Christmas Tree”.   Additional kits will be available for purchase.

Bring a friend and have some fun!   Bring a lunch too.


Inkle Weaving                                                                       

9 am – Noon

Instructor: Ronnie Lail

Min: 3 Max: 8

Cost: $60 includes loom (to keep!) & all supplies

$20 thread only

$10 instruction only

Learn how to weave wide sashes, narrow bands, and shoelaces on a loom that is light-weight and easy to carry around! You can create wonderful patterns through varied placement of colorful thread.  Bring scissors.


Wet Felting                                                                           

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Nan Sexton

Min: 4       Max: 6

Cost:   $20.00   (materials provided)

Come learn the skill of wet felting. You wil use a flat resist to make a hat or bag. If you took the class last year, this will be something new. If this is your first venture into felting, you will enjoy it!


Beginning Spinning                                                               

1 pm – 3 pm

Instructor: Margaret Couch

Min: 2       Max: 4

Cost:   $30.00 (materials provided)

This 2 hour class is meant for those who have never used a spinning wheel before. You’ll learn the basics of drafting wool and using the wheel to make yarn. If you have a spinning wheel, you should plan to bring it; if not, we’ll have one for you to use.


Twined Rugs                                                                         

1 pm – 4 pm

Instructor: Fiona Zahnke

Min: 3       Max: 6

Cost:   $30.00 (materials provided)

Come learn the skill of making Twined Rugs.   You will make a small twined mat to practice the techniques needed to do this old craft.

For more information contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area       1651 West Elk Avenue           Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808





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20th Annual Sycamore Stitchers Quilt Show

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe Sycamore Stitchers meet at the park each month sharing their love of quilting and engaging in a wide variety of projects.   Each year they host the Sycamore Stitchers Quilt Show which focuses on historic and modern quilting techniques and patterns. The Visitors Center of the park comes alive with color and design for four full days, Thursday through Sunday, October 2 – 5.

The quilt show can be viewed from 9 am – 4 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 1 pm – 4:30 pm on Sunday.

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