On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The NASA website states, “Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk”. It is the first time in many years that a total solar will be visible exclusively from the United States, and for this reason it is being called the ‘Great American Eclipse’. This much anticipated eclipse is likely to be the most watched, most photographed and most televised astronomical event of a generation.

Although Northeast Tennessee will not be in the path of totality, our area will experience an eclipse in which 96% of the sun will be covered by the passing moon. To mark this unique celestial experience, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is hosting a special event on the day of the eclipse. On Monday, August 21st from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm the park will be offering special programs and activities for visitors wishing to catch a glimpse of this once in a lifetime event. Activities will include interpretive programs and talks, coloring sheets for children, making paper solar projectors, and more. Special Tennessee State Park commemorative solar viewing glasses will be given to the first 125 participants.

At Sycamore Shoals the eclipse will begin at 1:08 pm. The maximum coverage point, where 96% of the sun will be obscured by the moon, will occur at 2:37 pm, and the eclipse will end at 4:00 pm. The event is free of charge and is a great opportunity for your family to come to one of Tennessee’s most historic places to witness this most historic event.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 West Elk Ave. in Elizabethton, TN. For additional information on this special park event please visit or You may also call the park at 423-543-5808. For more on the eclipse in general, and for tips on how to safely view an eclipse, please visit

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A Glimpse of Liberty! – The first two weeks!

Have you seen the 39th season of Liberty! this year?   If you haven’t, you still have 3 more nights to see it!    Thursday – Saturday July 27 – 29…….Box office opens at 6 pm and show starts at 7:30 pm with the Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps Field Show starting at 7 pm.

This 39th season of Liberty has been exceptional and a must see for your summer plans!

For additional information please call the park at 423-543-5808 or find us on Facebook at



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Liberty! to offer reduced admission opening night, July 13th


Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is pleased to be able to offer special ticket pricing for opening night, Thursday, July 13th!

“First Night” is an exciting time for our Liberty! cast who have been working and practicing tirelessly since early April preparing for the 39th season of Liberty! On Thursday, July 13th, adults and seniors can attend Liberty! for a reduced price of $9.00 per person!

New this year, we wish to thank all of our 1st Responders for their service and dedication. On “First Night,” Thursday, July 13th, 1st Responders and an escort will be admitted for Free!


The drama is presented for nine nights each July running Thursday through Saturday, July 13 – 15; 20 – 22; and 27 – 29.The box office opens nightly at 6 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm.

We also offer the option to purchase your tickets in advance, online at   All seating is general admission.  Take advantage of this new service to insure your admission on the night of your choosing. Tickets may also be purchased on-site the night of the performance, with a maximum seating capacity of 450 total seats.

Tickets are $14.00 for Adults; $11.00 for Seniors (55 & up); $6.00 for Children (6 to 17 yrs); and 5 and under are free. Friends of Sycamore Shoals members are $7.00 and must present their membership card at the box office. Concessions will also be available each night.

On Thursday, July 20, Liberty! will honor our veterans by offering them free admission to the show, along with an escort.

Mark your calendars now and join us for this great opportunity to see the story of nationally significant events unfold in a dramatic presentation performed on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals with the reconstructed Fort Watauga as the backdrop. Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals is a two act outdoor drama depicting four major events that took place in the late 18th century within the Watauga Settlement now present day Elizabethton, TN.

These events reflect the rich and vast historical significance that surround Sycamore Shoals and the East Tennessee region as a whole, and the role that early settlers played in the formation of a new nation. Visiting The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee is a great way to see these stories unfold. Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals begins its 39th season Thursday, July 13, and continues for a three-weekend run.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, A to Z Rentals, Big John’s Closeouts, Bristol Herald Courier, the City of Elizabethton, Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce, Elizabethton Electric, Elizabethton Star, Holston Gas, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times News, LeBleu, the Loafer, A! Magazine for the Arts, Universal Printing, John & Susan Kubenka, Michael & Lynne Barnett, WJHL TV-11, WCYB TV 5.



Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park 

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643


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