19th Annual Knap In at Fort Watauga

Saturday and Sunday,  August 27 & 28

from 10 am – 4 pm each day

Creating a flint-knapped knife - Bob Estep

Join Flintknappers from across our region for a weekend long demonstration and gathering of primitive technologists at SycamoreShoals State Historic Park on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 & 28 from 10 am to 4 pm each day. This fun, family weekend only happens once a year so we hope you will stop by!

The art of flintknapping is the specific process of making stone tools, such as arrowheads, spear points and other survival tools, using traditional tools. This skill has been passed down through generations and for the annual Knap in at Sycamore Shoals, you will have the opportunity to enjoy demonstrations of the craft along with other tools used by primitive cultures worldwide.


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643







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August Workshops at Sycamore Shoals!

To hold your place in a workshop, pre-registration and payment is required.

Please register early by calling 423-543-5808 to ensure a spot in the class!


Fall Gardening                                                                                         

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday, August 6

9 am – noon

Cost: No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session

It’s not too early to be planning & building your spring garden. Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.


Scottish Heavy Athletics Demonstration and Workshop

Saturday, August 6

10 am – 4 pm

This will be a chance to see a number of the athletic events planned by the Upper East TN Celtic Society for the October Celtic Festival. It is also a great opportunity for those who may be interested in participating and learning more about Scottish Highland Game events. Be prepared for physical activity. Spectators also welcome and water to be provided for participants.


Learn to Play the Pennywhistle                                                             

Instructor: Martha Egan

Sunday, Aug 14

1:30 pm – 3 pm

Cost: $30 (includes Clark tin whistle, book)

Min: 1 Max: 12

$20 if you bring your own instrument

Popular in the British Isles in the 1800’s, this class includes the fundamentals of holding and sounding your pennywhistle, learning the first notes, and playing a song—or come and advance the skills you already possess. Music and other supplemental materials provided.


Natural Dyeing                                                                                        

Instructor: Carolyn DeWitt

Saturday, August 20

10 am – 4 pm

Cost: $25

Min: 2                 Max: 10

Make beautiful color with all the bounty of nature. Learn to dye thread as colonial settlers might have during the 18th century. Create stunning colors with the herbs and flowers of the field. Wear old clothes and bring your lunch.


Basketry – Basil and Thyme                                                                 

Instructor: Candy Alexander

Saturday, August 27

9 am – 4 pm

Cost: $28.00

Min:      4              Max: 10

Create a traditional Appalachian herb basket with a wrapped handle. Learn to weave a God’s Eye. A variety of woven patterns will be offered for the hoop. Dimensions: 12″ rnd. x 10″ high. Bring garden or kitchen shears, an old hand towel, pencil, small measuring tape, small spray bottle of water, and strong clothespins

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Veteran’s Night highlights the opening of LIBERTY!’s 2nd week of performances on July 21


Watching the cast of Liberty! share the stories of Sycamore Shoals is humbling, exciting, and above all…….inspirational.   Comprised of over 100 volunteers, our neighbors from throughout the Tri-Cities and beyond, come together each January to begin auditions and rehearsals for the July drama. Giving an enormous amount of time and energy, they ask nothing in return – just the opportunity to be a part of ensuring that historic events of national significance are always remembered. Within their hearts you will find a passion and strong desire to honor our ancestors – patriots in the truest sense of the word.

Leaving the comforts of home, long hunters, and then families, began leaving the 13 colonies to begin a new life, free of the rule of the British Libertyking. They crossed over the mountains beyond the Proclamation Line of 1763 discovering land that was cleared, yet uninhabited. The “Old Fields” of the Watauga quickly became the heart of frontier settlements on land belonging to the Cherokee. Set in the 1770’s, Liberty! relates the good times and the sad times; the struggles and the sacrifices – of families who were willing to take incredible risks to create a democratic society against a multitude of obstacles.

Liberty opens its second week of performances on Thursday, July 21, and continues Thursday through Saturday through July 30th. With just two more weeks to go, we hope you will mark your calendars now to attend Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama – Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

On Thursday, July 21, the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, the Liberty! Cast, and the park staff, wish to thank and honor our veterans by offering each veteran and an escort, free admission to Liberty! on this night.

Additionally, on Friday, July 22, an interpreter for the hearing impaired will be signing the play as it is performed.

Set beside the Watauga River, the story unfolds with Fort Watauga as the backdrop. The outdoor amphitheater provides bench seating with backs and an opportunity to sample great food within a short distance from your seat at Carter’s Store Concessions.

Thursday through Saturday, July 21 – 23 and 28 – 30, we offer a dinner theater, by reservation only. Your one price ticket provides you with a great meal and your admission to Liberty!

Liberty! continues July 21 – 23 and the 28 – 30, closing the 38th season on Saturday, July 30th. General Admission seating and Dinner Theater reservations can be purchased in advance online at www.TheLibertyDrama.com

For additional information please contact the park.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643



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