Sabine Hill – Historic Games & Tours!

Saturday, May 12 from 10 am til 3 pm

Historic Games on the Grounds throughout the day

House Tours scheduled at 11 am and 2 pm

Tour registration is required and the cost per tour is – Adults – $7.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $3.00; 6 and under free. Pre-register by visiting www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

Join the Sabine Hill Social Society as they celebrate the arrival of spring and Mother’s Day with an afternoon of early 19th century historical games presented by interpreters in period attire.

The Sabine Hill Social Society supports Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park’s educational efforts by providing educational events related to the early 19th century which include English country dance, leisure activities, teas, workshops, speakers, and more.

In addition to our outdoor events, there will be two opportunities to tour the house at either 11 am or 2 pm. (Please note registration information above)

Sabine Hill is described as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the State of Tennessee and was dedicated this past November of 2017. Restored by the Tennessee Historical Commission and operated by Tennessee State Parks, the house has been returned to its 1818 splendor.

Historic Sabine Hill located at 2328 West “G” Street, Elizabethton.

For your planning, please keep in mind that restrooms are not available at this site.

For additional information please contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808.

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

 

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24th Annual Siege of Fort Watauga

May 19 – 20, 2018

On Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will host nearly 200 living history re-enactors for the annual Siege of Fort Watauga. Colonial, British, and Native re-enactors will converge at the re-created Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals to relive the days when America’s first frontier was the land beyond the blue ridge.

The Siege of Fort Watauga is a live retelling of the Cherokee attack brought upon the settlers of the Watauga valley in the summer of 1776. At Sycamore Shoals, Fort Watauga offered protection to nearly 200 settlers during a two-week siege led by Cherokee War Chief, Old Abram, and 300 warriors.

Sycamore Shoals will once again be the scene of war during the Siege of Fort Watauga. The event lasts from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 19th and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 20th. Step back in time as you visit the fort, militia camps, British encampment, and Native American camp. Be immersed in the 18th century as you witness daily aspects of colonial frontier life. See the clash of two cultures as the attack on fort Watauga is recreated at 1:00 pm on Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sunday. Also, attend our auction of 18th century reproductions on Saturday.

During the event, take advantage of colonial merchants selling period wares in “Sutler’s Row”. There will be several vendors offering a myriad of 18th century reproduction items for the colonial enthusiast or the primitive decorator. Vendors this year include “Johnson & Moffet” specializing in hand crafted wooden items and herbal remedies, The Virginia Floorcloth and Textiles Co offering hand painted canvas floor coverings and block printed neckerchiefs, Ft. Vause Outfitters specializing in finished leather goods, Windhil Woolens offering hand processed and dyed woolen goods such as yarn, blankets, and clothing, and several other vendors offering everything from 18th century reproduction clothing, weaponry, and original antiques, to replica housewares and military accouterments. Food vending and concessions will also be available for purchase from the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

Several Revolutionary War living history units will be in attendance and will make the 18th century come to life during the weekend. Units include the 1st Maryland based in Hendersonville, NC, Musgrove’s Mill Militia and the South Carolina Rangers based in upstate South Carolina, and British units; the 42nd Light Infantry, the 71st Highland Regiment, and the British Legion. The host unit is the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia based at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Also, enjoy musical entertainment from The Sons of Liberty, Faire Wynds, and the Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps. Numerous individuals also participate in the event portraying many 18th century walks of life including Cherokee Natives, Backcountry Hunters, Farmers, Housewives, Indentured Servants, Commoners and Gentry.

A special addition to this year’s event is an evening concert on Saturday, May 19th featuring the talents of the Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums, the official fife and drum corps of the State of Tennessee. During the concert corps members will showcase traditional and martial music of the 18th century on fife and drum as well as individual performances on other traditional instruments. This is a great opportunity to be entertained and educated by a truly talented group of young performers and historians. The show begins at 7:30 pm at the Fort Watauga Amphitheater. Admission to the concert is $5/Adults, $3/ages 7-17, and children 6 and under are free. Concert tickets will be available during the daytime events at the park as well as before the concert. Proceeds will benefit the Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums in their mission to promote the cultural heritage of our area through music and historic interpretation.

For more information on this and other exciting events at Sycamore Shoals please contact the park at 423-543-5808 or visit the park’s website at www.sycamoreshoalstn.org. Admission to the event is free so bring the entire family and see how your ancestors played a crucial role in our region’s history and in the formation of our nation. Witness the 18th century come to life, hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke, and come “Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty” at the Siege of Fort Watauga. This event is sponsored by The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia and The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 19th

10:00   Raising the Colors

10:30   Frontier Scout Skills: Stalk & Hide

11:00   Ulster Scots in America

11:30   Early American Music with the “Sons of Liberty”

12:00   18th Century Medicinal uses of Plants and Herbs

1:00     Battle Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga – Part 1”

1:30     Field Music: Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums

2:00     Patience Cooper: Enterprising Woman of the Frontier

2:30     Salt Making on the Frontier

3:00     Auction (18th century reproductions, clothing, housewares, books and much more)

4:00     Living History Camps Close for the day.

7:30     Evening Concert: Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums (Fort Watauga Ampitheater)

Admission Fee: $5/Adults, $3/ages 7-17, children 6 and under are free.

Concert tickets will be sold during the daytime events at the park as well as before the concert.

 

Sunday, May 20th

10:00   Event Opens.

10:30   Militia Muster and Inspection

11:00   18th Century Worship Service

12:00   Early American Music with the “Sons of Liberty”

1:00     Patience Cooper: Enterprising Woman of the Frontier

2:00     Battle Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga – Part 2”

2:30     Field Music: Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums

3:00     Retiring the Colors

 

Ongoing Activities Throughout the Weekend

Native American Camp, Colonial Games, Cornshuck Dolls, Medicinal Plants, Salt Making, 18th Century Laundress, Weaving, 18th Century Market Faire, Hand Sewing, Flax Processing, Art Displays, Colonial Music, Colonial Balladeer, Open Hearth Cooking, Flintlock Firearms Demonstrations, 18th Century Militia Encampment, British Camp, And Many More Aspects of 18th Century Life!

 

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

 

423-543-5808

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

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www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

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Carter Mansion Celebration this weekend!

Saturday, April 7 & Sunday, April 8

Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm               Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time? You can do just that during the Carter Mansion Celebration. Step back to the 1780s, when the Revolutionary War was raging in the colonies and hardy frontiersmen had crossed the mountains in defiance of British law to carve out homes in the wilderness. One such man was John Carter, a wealthy trader who built his beautiful house along the banks of the Watauga River. Known as Carter’s Mansion, the elegant frame house stood in stark contrast to the log homes used by the settlers of the region. This event will celebrate that historic home and the early settlers that gave us our rich heritage and history.

Visitors will have opportunities to take a guided tour of the mansion built ca. 1775-1780. Known as the oldest frame house in Tennessee, the Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion boasts beautiful over mantle murals, hand carved moldings and raised panels making it one of the most treasured sites in Tennessee history. The house is the only surviving link to the famed Watauga Association, the democratic government set up by the early settlers in the Watauga Valley. The home’s builder, John Carter, served as a chairman of the Association.

Guests can also enjoy visiting the camps of The Washington County NC Militia, Sycamore Shoals’ host living history organization. There the militia members will be presenting demonstrations of the daily lives of 18th century backwoods settlers. These skills and trades will include weaving, knitting, sewing, 18th century woodworking, rope making, natural dyeing, flint knapping, butter churning, medicinal plants, and much more. Also enjoy colonial games, militia drill and training, musket and rifle demonstrations, and 18th century military music by the Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums.

A highlight of the weekend will be the re-creation of a small skirmish between Patriot militia and British loyalists, known as Tories. The Plot Against John Carter is a dramatic representation of actual events that occurred at the Mansion in the summer of 1781. The battle re-enactment will be presented Saturday at 1:00 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Experience the life of early settlers, smell the campfire smoke, hear the rattle of muskets, and see the 18th century come to life at the Carter Mansion Celebration.

This event is free of charge so bring the entire family and enjoy a weekend of Living History, Education, and Family Fun! The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street in Elizabethton, TN.

For further information contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at (423) 543-5808 or visit these websites, http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

 

Schedule of Events

*Schedule is Weather Dependent and Subject to Change or Cancellation*

Activities Throughout Both Days Include…

18th Century Militia Camp, Flintlock Firearm Demonstrations, Flint Knapping & Primitive Skills, 18th Century Woodworking, Colonial & Traditional Music, Medicinal Plants, Colonial Games, Sewing & Tailoring, Knitting, Weaving, Displays of 18th Century Frontier Living, & Much More!

Saturday, April 7th

10:00 – Militia Inspection & Salute to the Carter Family – Posting the Colors followed by a grave decoration and mourning of arms to honor the Carter Family.

11:00 – Carter Mansion Tour Take advantage of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions to the history of our community, state, and nation.

12:00 – Militia Drill – The Washington County Regiment will demonstrate the tactics and firearms of an 18th century militia!

12:30 – “Echoes of Independence” – The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform tunes from the American Revolution!

1:00 – “Skirmish at the Mansion” – It was the summer of 1781, John Carter and John Sevier, who had access to the settlement’s deed books, confiscated the lands of all Loyalists living nearby. When these Tories learned of this, they plotted to kill Carter and Sevier; take the deed books; and restore their lands. The wife of one of the conspirators, however, was friendly with John Sevier and warned him of his danger. John Carter fled and took the true books with him, leaving fake copies in his office. He died of smallpox soon afterward; taking the location of this treasure to his grave…We will interpret this sequence of events as a skirmish at the home of John Carter

1:30 – Carter Mansion Tour

2:30 – Militia Drill – The Washington County Regiment will demonstrate the tactics and firearms of an 18th century militia!

 3:00 – Carter Mansion Tour

4:00 – Retiring the Colors – The militia closes the day’s activities by retiring the flag. Join us tomorrow for another day of living history, entertainment, and family fun.


Sunday, April 9th

10:00 – Militia Inspection The Militia kicks of the day’s activities by posting the Colours.

11:00 – Worship ServiceAll are welcome to join us for Sunday service on the grounds of the beautiful Carter Mansion.

12:00 – “Echoes of Independence” – The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform tunes from the American Revolution!

12:30 – Carter Mansion Tour Take advantage of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions to the history of our community, state, and nation.

1:30 – “Skirmish at the Mansion” – It was the summer of 1781, John Carter and John Sevier, who had access to the settlement’s deed books, confiscated the lands of all Loyalists living nearby. When these Tories learned of this, they plotted to kill Carter and Sevier; take the deed books; and restore their lands. The wife of one of the conspirators, however, was friendly with John Sevier and warned him of his danger. John Carter fled and took the true books with him, leaving fake copies in his office. He died of smallpox soon afterward; taking the location of this treasure to his grave… We will interpret this sequence of events as a skirmish at the home of John Carter.

2:00 – Carter Mansion Tour Take advantage of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions to the history of our community, state, and nation.

 3:00 – Militia Drill & Retiring the Colors – The Washington County Regiment will demonstrate the tactics and firearms of an 18th century militia, and close the event by retiring the flag.

 

 

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