75th D-Day Commemoration

 

A Salute to the American Soldier

9 am – 3 pm on Saturday, August 31st at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center

Commemoration of 75th Anniversary of D-Day Landing at Sycamore Shoals State Park

A Walk in Their Boots, a local organization honoring the service and sacrifice of the American Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, is presenting a living history with numerous presentations about both military and civilian support activities for the American Soldier taking part in “Operation Overlord”. The landings on the beaches of Normandy, France, June 6th, 1944, were an unparalleled world event that you will have an opportunity to learn about. The event is being held at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, TN from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 31st (Labor Day weekend).  The event is free and open to the public.

This 75th anniversary commemoration pertaining to the D-Day landings and the June 1944 time period will include period vehicles and weapons, military encampments, re-enactors, living historians and displays covering topics including Stories of Local Veterans, Milligan College V12 Program, Cadet Nurse Corps, Women in Aviation, Local Industries supporting the War Effort and more.  Great photo opportunities will abound along with displays of 1940’s memorabilia and artifacts on site encouraging the public to reflect on how Tri -Cities was impacted by the war effort leading up to the D-Day landing and to share their family stories.

For more information or to participate in our event, displaying memorabilia or sharing your families WWII Veteran story, contact us by visiting www.militarywalk.us. Hosted by “A Walk in Their Boots”.

 

 

 

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Liberty! opens week 2 with Veterans Night! Thursday, July 18th

 

The True Spirit of Freedom

 LIBERTY!  continues its 41st season performances on Thursday, July 18, “Veterans Night at Liberty!”

 On Veterans Night we honor and thank our veterans and an escort by offering them free admission.

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 English colonies to begin a new life, free of the rule of the British king.  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 18, and continues Thursday through Saturday through July 27th.  With just two more weeks to go, we hope you will mark your calendars now to attend the 41st season performances of Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama – Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton, Tennessee.   

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.    

Liberty! 2019 performance dates – Thursday through Saturday, July 11 – 13,  July 18 – 20 and the 25 – 27, closing the 41st season on Saturday, July 27th.  For additional information please contact the park at:

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643 

423-543-5808 

Advance Ticket Reservations:   www.thelibertydrama.com

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

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Independence on the Frontier and Militia Muster

 

Friday, June 28th through Sunday, June 30th  

 

Step back in time 243 years to a colorful revolutionary world and witness life as it was on the 18th century frontier during a very tumultuous time. In the summer of 1776 colonial leaders met in Philadelphia to draft a document that would forever change the world. As our guest to Fort Watauga, you too can be part of the excitement as news of American Independence reaches the colonial frontier. What did the colonists think about a new nation? Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.

The celebration kicks off at 6:30 PM on Friday, June 28th with a concert entitled “Echoes of Independence: An Evening with The Sons of Liberty” presented in ‘The Gathering Place’ of the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park invites you to take a musical journey back in time to the 18th century and join brothers Joshua, Daniel, & Noah Smith, known as The Sons of Liberty, for a delightful evening of historic songs and stories. From lively jigs and reels, to flowing classical sounds; The Sons of Liberty bring to life the music of the 18th century through their mastery of the violin, viola, and cello.

Come hear the sounds and songs that entertained and inspired our country’s founding generation, and get an early start on your 4th of July celebrations! A reception including light refreshments will follow the concert.

Evening Schedule:

6:30 – Doors Open

7:00 – The Sons of Liberty

8:00 – Reception

8:30 – Close

Admission to the concert is $7.00. Pre-registration is required. Please log on to the following website to register and purchase tickets – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals. Cash payments may be made at the park office during regular business hours prior to June 28th.

The celebration continues throughout the weekend as the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, host living history organization at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, will be encamped in and around Fort Watauga. The militia muster will include a myriad of activities throughout the weekend allowing guests the opportunity to step back in time and experience daily life on the colonial frontier in 1776. The highlight of the weekend will be a special reading of the Declaration of Independence given each day inside Fort Watauga. The Events on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public.

Get an early start on your Independence celebrations and bring the entire family out for a weekend full of history, patriotism, education, and family fun.

The event will run from 10:00 until 4:00 on Saturday, June 29th and 10:00 until 3:00 on Sunday, June 30th.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643.

For more information about Sycamore Shoals please contact the park at 423-543-5808 or log on to these websites:

http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org or

https://tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals.

 

Independence on the Frontier: Schedule of Events

 

Friday, June 28th

“Echoes of Independence: An Evening Concert with the Sons of Liberty”

Fee and pre-registration required

6:30pm – Doors Open

7:00 – The Sons of Liberty

8:00 – Reception

8:30 – Close

 

Saturday, June 29th

10:00 – Posting the Colours: Start the day off with a bang as the militia falls in for inspection and posts the flag with a patriotic ceremony.

11:00 – Patience Cooper – Enterprising Woman of the Frontier: Join Ramona at the Cock & Bull Publick House in Fort Watauga to hear the intrepid story of Patience Cooper.

12:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the Fort’s 3 Pounder.

1:00 – Food Through Time: Join Laura in the fort as she stirs up some culinary history. Enjoy a taste of the past as she tells how today’s food is influenced by 18th century culture.

2:00 – Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Join in the excitement as the document declaring our freedom from Great Britain is read publicly inside Fort Watauga.

2:30 – ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – 243 Years Later”: Join Mr. Simerly for a look at the legacy of those stirring words from the Declaration of Independence.

3:00 – Fifes & Drums: The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps will perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War era.

3:30 – Militia Drill: The Washington County Militia demonstrates the tactics and firearms used during the Revolutionary War.

4:00 – Camps Close to the Public: Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of 18th century living history.

 

Sunday, June 30th      

10:00 – Posting the Colours: Start the day off with a bang as the militia falls in for inspection and posts the flag with a patriotic ceremony.

10:30 – Worship Service: Join us for Sunday Service held inside Fort Watauga.

12:30 – Patience Cooper – Enterprising Woman of the Frontier: Join Ramona at the Cock & Bull Publick House in Fort Watauga to hear the intrepid story of Patience Cooper.

1:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the fort’s 3 Pounder.

1:30 – “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – 243 Years Later”: Join Mr. Simerly for a look at the legacy of those stirring words from the Declaration of Independence.

2:00 –  Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Join in the excitement as the document declaring our freedom from Great Britain is read publicly inside Fort Watauga.

2:30 – Fifes & Drums: The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps will perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War era.

3:00 – Militia Drill & Retiring the Colours: The Washington County Militia demonstrates the tactics and firearms used during the Revolutionary War, then retires the flag. Event Closed.

Ongoing Activities Throughout the Weekend Will Include…

Open Hearth Cooking, 18th Century Weaponry, Medicinal Herbs and Plants, Militia Camps, Colonial Era Music, Frontier Fort Life, and Much More!!!

Schedule is subject to change or cancellation in the event of inclement weather

 

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