26th Annual Siege of Fort Watauga

Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16

On Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will host nearly 150 living history re-enactors for the 26th 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.  

Join us from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm each day as Sycamore Shoals once again becomes the scene of war during the Siege of Fort Watauga. 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 both days at 1:30 pm.  

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; Ft. Vause Outfitters specializing in finished leather goods, Windhil Woolens offering hand processed and dyed woolen goods such as yarn, blankets, and clothing, Walnut Hill Embellishments specializing in 18th century reproduction and historically inspired jewelry, Trader Bob offering a wide selection of hides and pelts, and Wintergreen Farms specializing in antique and original items. Several other vendors will offer everything from 18th century reproduction clothing and gear, to replica housewares and military accouterments.   

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 2nd Regt. SC Continental Line, the South Carolina Rangers, and Musgrove’s Mill Militia all based in South Carolina, and British units; 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 Park. Also, enjoy musical entertainment from The Sons of Liberty, 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. This year we are excited to host the Scoundrels’ Alley who will represent the lowest class of colonial society and showcase the “dirty jobs” available in the 18th century through presentations entitled An Honest Days Work

Precautions will be taken to minimize the spread of Covid-19. All event activities will occur outdoors. Visitors are asked to stay 6 feet apart from other guests. Face masks are required inside all state park facilities. Face masks are recommended outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained. Park buildings are subject to closure if maximum capacity is exceeded. Restrooms will also close periodically for cleaning.  

Admission to the event is free and food concessions will be available. 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 “Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty” at the Siege of Fort Watauga

A detailed schedule will be available soon!

This event is sponsored by The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia living history organization and The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park 

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN. 37643


Phone:    423-543-5808   

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Would you like to be a part of Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama?

Liberty! the Saga of Sycamore Shoals will be accepting non-speaking cast members until April 22, 2021.  As an extra in the Liberty! cast, you would either be portraying either a Cherokee man, woman or child , or a member of the Watauga Settlement.  There will be required rehearsals.

Show dates for our 2021 season begins with opening night on Friday, June 4th at 7:30 pm.  Subsequent performances are on Saturday, June 5, Friday/Saturday, June 11 & 12; Thursday through Saturday, June 17 – 19 and June 24 – 26.

If you would like further information, please contact Production Manager, Tony DeVault at liberty.director.1776@gmail.com or call Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808.

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Audition for Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals!

Audition Dates and Times…..

Saturday February 27 from 10 am – 4 pm                

Sunday February 28 from 1 pm – 2 pm

Interested in performing in Tennessee’s official outdoor drama?  We invite you to 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. 

Auditions will take place in the Visitors Center at Sycamore Shoals.  Our 2021 performances will be held in June this year, so mark your calendars now! 

Audition Pre-Registration is required by visiting:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DABAF2DA1FDC07-liberty

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, audition slots are limited to 10 people at a time. 

Masks and social distancing are required.  Please review the

available slots by clicking the link above and click on the button to sign up.   

Auditioning individuals are subject to background checks.

2021 Performance Dates:

Friday & Saturday: June 4th & 5th; and June 11th & 12th

Thursday, Friday & Saturday: June 17th, 18th, & 19th; and June 24th, 25th, & 26th

For further information, please call the park at 423-543-5808

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