18th Century Winter Militia Muster


Saturday and Sunday, February 6 & 7


On February 6 and 7 Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN will present a weekend of 18th century living history. The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, the park’s host living history organization, will be encamped in and around Fort Watauga providing visitors with a glimpse into our Revolutionary past. Walk among settlers and native peoples who share stories of our history through talks, skits, and demonstrations of 18th century life.

The Washington County Militia provides many historic programs throughout the year at Sycamore Shoals. This particular event will focus mainly on the daily tasks and activities associated with a frontier militia muster. A muster was a monthly gathering of colonial militias to drill and train for military action. The Watauga settlement, in the 18th century, was a remote backwoods community, far removed from the towns and cities in Britain’s American colonies. The frontiersmen had to be on alert and ready to defend their settlement, or raise a force to travel over the mountains to the aid of their fellow patriots.

Join the reenactors of the Washington County Militia at Fort Watauga as they present a myriad of programs and demonstrations showcasing life on the 18th century frontier. Also witness the militia as they present flintlock musket firing demonstrations, 18th century artillery demonstrations, and military drill. Bring out the entire family for this free event, and enjoy an exciting, entertaining, and informative day at the beautiful and historic Sycamore Shoals State Park.

The event takes place on Saturday, February 6th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Sunday, February 7th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is located at 1651 W. Elk Avenue in Elizabethton, TN. A detailed schedule will be available on the park website or you may call the park at 423-543-5808. Visit the park websites at http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org or http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals.


This Event is Sponsored by:

The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia





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Audition for Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals



Sunday,     January 31

2:00 pm – in the park Visitors Center

Passionate about our heritage? Interested in performing in Tennessee’s official outdoor drama? Audition for this fun and unique interpretation of the American Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands.

Performances take place here at Sycamore Shoals, the last three weekends of July; dates for 2016 are Thursday through Saturday, July 14-16, 21-23, and 28 – 30, with 2016 marking our 38th year of outdoor drama at Sycamore Shoals.

There are opportunities to audition for speaking roles and non-speaking.

You do not need to register in advance, but if you have questions, please call the park at 423-543-5808.


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Old Christmas at Fort Watauga – This Weekend!

Saturday and Sunday,  January 2nd and 3rd , 2016

A German cabin

Christmas isn’t over yet! Come to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park and see how our colonial ancestors celebrated a holiday called “Old Christmas”. In Colonial America, Christmas was celebrated as a twelve day holiday with many traditions and customs. Does The Twelve Days of Christmas sound familiar? These twelve days of feasting, and merrymaking ended on January 6th or “Twelfth Night” with a grand celebration.

On Saturday, January 2nd from 10am-4pm and Sunday, January 3rd from 10 am-3 pm the Washington County Militia will hold their monthly Militia Muster and Old Christmas Celebration. As you walk through the gates of Fort Watauga you will travel back in time to an 18th century Old Christmas “Jollification”. Each cabin in the fort will be the setting of Christmas traditions as celebrated by the settlers of different cultures on the colonial frontier. Witness such customs as English Christmas Guns, the Irish Holly Wreath, the German Tannenbaum, Scottish First Footing, and the Dutch Sinterklaas. See how our Christmas practices of today are steeped in these old world traditions.

Get the most out of the Holiday Season and visit Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park for a fun, entertaining, and educational family outing. Arrive ready to be filled with the spirit of Christmas. It’s an event that is sure to become a tradition with your family year after year.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Avenue in Elizabethton, TN.

For more information contact the Park at 423-543-5808 or visit our websites at http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org or http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals.

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