Scary Stories at Fort Watauga

At Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

(formerly held at the Carter Mansion)

Thursday, October 30 @ 7:30 pm


Scary Stories at Fort Watauga is soon to be upon us! On Thursday, October 30th at 7:30 pm, the walls of the historic recreation of the fort will be alive with tales of haints and happenings of days gone by. An annual event not to be missed, Scary Stories is set inside the fort, creating a unique atmosphere for an evening of spooky tales geared to the entire family.

We are excited to welcome three exceptional storytellers to the fort this year; C. Keith Young, and the Front Porch Storytellers – Mary Jane Kennedy, and Chad Bogart. Each of these talented tellers is sure to bring a smile to your face and a chill to your spine!

C. Keith Young, Raconteur, has performed as the featured storyteller/emcee for the Virginia Highlands Festival, First Night Kingsport, Kingsport Funfest Showtime, Fayetteville Christmas Past Festival, Erwin Strawberry Festival, the Stone Soup Festival (South Carolina), Elizabethton’s Covered Bridge Celebration, Roan Mountain State Park Miller Homestead Days, Sycamore Shoals State Park, plus numerous appearances at Tellabrations and Jonesborough Days. His work as a storyteller, emcee, humorist and professional musician spans more than three decades. He serves the area as Dean of Off Campus Programs and Services for Northeast State and interim director for the Bristol Campus.

The Front Porch Storytellers developed and co-founded by Mary Jane Kennedy, Sherri Hyder and Chad Bogart is actively presenting storytelling programs throughout the area and in Elizabethton. Be sure to check out their Historic Ghost Walks in downtown Elizabethton! They have been telling stories together for five years at many schools, civic functions, senior homes and organizations throughout the Mountain Empire.

Mary Jane Kennedy spent 30 years teaching in Orlando.  She has a background in music, voice over, historical research and storytelling.  She is the Co-Founder of The Overmountain Singers, The Homespun Storytellers and The Front Porch Storytellers.  She has been actively performing in the area for the last nine years both in music and storytelling.

Chad Bogart comes from a long line of storytellers. His abilities are enhanced by a background in music, living history, and historical interpretation. Chad’s interest in scary stories stemmed from family ghost tales told by his Grandmother, and are a favorite among his listeners.

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and make it a point to mark your calendar now for an exciting evening with family and friends!


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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



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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