Overmountain Christmas Open House

 

Saturday, December 15 from 10 am – 3 pm

 

Please join us at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park for a festive time of Period Carolers, Christmas Stories, the Watauga Valley Art League’s Annual Winterfest Art Show and more.       There will be a special activity/project the whole family can participate in making and Santa will also be making an appearance!

Come do some of your Christmas shopping at our new Gift Shop or with the Vendors that will be set up for the day! Don’t miss out on getting some unique items you can’t find anywhere else! We look forward to seeing you!

 

Schedule:

9:00—Park Visitor’s Center Opens

10:00—Open House Begins

10:00—10:30—A Christmas Story

10:30—11:00—Period Carolers

11:00—11:30—Children’s Story Time

 

12:30—1:00—Period Carolers

1:00—2:00—Santa

2:00—2:30—Pine Cone Activity

3:00—Open House Closes

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals                       

 

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Christmas at the Carter Mansion

Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1  6 – 9 pm

The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion

1031 Broad Street       Elizabethton, Tennessee

Tours by Registration only – A new tour starts every 20 minutes beginning at 6 pm; last tour at 8:40 pm

 

Admission

Adults – $7.00

Ages 7 to 17 – $3.00

Ages 6 and under – Free

Online Registration at:

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

 

Set aside the hustle and bustle that always accompanies this time of year, and step back in time to the 18th century and enjoy a colonial Christmas at the beautiful Carter Mansion. Join Colonel John Carter, the Carter family, and all their friends for a glimpse into simpler time, when Christmas was the grandest celebration of the entire year. In colonial America the Christmas season was celebrated as a month long array of merriment and festivities signaled by caroling, feasting, dances, foxhunts, and the firing of Christmas guns. Christmas on the colonial frontier would have been much different though, with only the simplest of pleasures being offered by the humble backwoods settlers. However, in contrast, the Carters would have displayed an opulence only seen in the finest homes of Williamsburg or Philadelphia.

Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Enjoy music, hot cider, and 18th century interpreters as they transport you to a Colonial American Christmas. We look forward to your visit for this one-of-a-kind holiday gathering!

For more information please contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808

 

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

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

 

 

 

 

 

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Colonial Harvest & Overmountain Victory Celebration

November 10 & 11

Autumn is in full swing. As both the temperature and the leaves continue to fall, we begin to think of the many holiday festivities that wait in the coming days. Over two hundred years ago it was quite the same for the early frontier settlers. On Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday, November 11 from 10:00 to 3:00 Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area will become the scene of a Frontier Harvest Celebration as we enjoy a time of friendship, thanksgiving, and recognition of our patriot ancestors.

In Colonial America, before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday, each colony or community observed days of thanksgiving usually after the harvest had been brought in or after a significant military victory. Join the Washington County Militia, host living history organization at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, for their monthly militia muster and a colonial “Harvest Home” as they celebrate the Overmountain Men’s victory at the battle of Kings Mountain!

Activities throughout the weekend will include programs and demonstrations of 18th century frontier life such as; open hearth cooking, colonial games, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, natural dyeing, music and much more. The weekend will also include a special Veterans Day program on Sunday, November 11 to honor the combatants at the Battle of Kings Mountain and our current veterans and armed service members.

This is a perfect opportunity for the entire family to visit one of Tennessee’s finest state parks and enjoy a day immersed in history and fun. Admission is free so don’t miss this unique event showcasing Tennessee’s rich heritage. During your time at the park be sure to experience the interpretive exhibits as well as our book and gift shop to make your visit complete. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643. For additional information about this and other exciting events at the park please call 423-543-5808 or visit us on the web at http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org and tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals. We look forward to seeing you at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, where you too can “Share in the glorious cause of Liberty”!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(all programs are held inside Fort Watauga unless otherwise noted)

Saturday, November 10th

10:00 – Militia Inspection and Raising the Colors: Hear the roar of muskets and rifles as the Militia starts off the day with a patriotic ceremony.

11:00 – Firearms of the Overmountain Men: Come for a close up look at the types of weapons used in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

12:00 – Militia Drill: View the County Militia as they train and prepare for military action. (Program will begin in the fort and move to the meadow)

1:00 – Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums showcase martial music of the 18th century.

1:30 – Butter Making: Join Ms. Leslie and learn about this common household task.

2:00 – Black Powder Mary: Meet Mary Patton and hear the story of how she provided gunpowder to the Overmountain Men.

3:00 – Medicinal Plants & Herbs: Join Ms. Elizabeth and learn how plants and herbs were utilized by the frontier people for medicine.

4:00 – Event Closing: Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of 18th century Living History.

Sunday, November 11th

10:00 – Militia Inspection and Raising the Colors: Hear the roar of muskets and rifles as the Militia starts off the day with a patriotic ceremony.

10:30 – Worship Service: All are welcome for Sunday morning service held in the courtyard of Fort Watauga.

11:00 – Firearms of the Overmountain Men: Come for a close up look at the types of weapons used in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

12:00 – Medicinal Plants & Herbs: Join Elizabeth Hardy in the fort and learn how plants and herbs were utilized by the frontier people for medicine.

12:30 – Black Powder Mary: Meet Mary Patton and hear the story of how she provided gunpowder to the Overmountain Men.

1:00 – Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums showcase martial music of the 18th century.

1:30 – Butter Making: Join Ms. Leslie and learn about this common household task.

2:00 – Special Veterans Day Observance: Join us as we pay tribute to the combatants of the Battle of Kings Mountain and our current veterans and armed service members. (Amphitheater behind Fort Watauga)

3:00 – Event Closing: Thanks for joining us. See you next time! 

Don’t forget that our annual Fall Fiber Fair will be taking place in the Visitors Center as part of our Harvest Celebration! Information can be found in the post below this one.

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