25th Annual SIEGE OF FORT WATAUGA

May 18 and 19, 2019

 

On Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will host over 200 living history re-enactors for the 25th 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.

The Siege of Fort Watauga is a live retelling of the Cherokee attack brought upon the settlers of the Watauga valley in the summer of 1776. At Sycamore Shoals, Fort Watauga offered protection to nearly 200 settlers during a two-week siege led by Cherokee War Chief, Old Abram, and 300 warriors.

Sycamore Shoals will once again be the scene of war during the Siege of Fort Watauga. The event lasts from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 18th and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 19th. Step back in time as you visit the fort, militia camps, British loyalist 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 at 1:00 pm on Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sunday. Also, attend our auction of 18th century reproductions on Saturday.

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; Zettlemoyer Pottery specializing in hand crafted redware and stoneware pottery, C. Read Apothecary carrying perfumes, ointments, and creams, The Kentucky Trading Post offering 18th century reproduction clothing and accouterments, 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, and several other vendors offering everything from 18th century reproduction clothing, weaponry, and original antiques, 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 1st Maryland based in Hendersonville, NC, Musgrove’s Mill Militia and the South Carolina Rangers based in upstate South Carolina, Johnston County Militia based in Nashville, Salisbury District Militia from western North 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 Area. 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.

For more information on this and other exciting events at Sycamore Shoals please contact the park at 423-543-5808 or visit the park’s website at www.sycamoreshoalstn.org. Admission to the event is free so 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 come “Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty” at the Siege of Fort Watauga. This event is sponsored by The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia and The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 18th

10:00   Posting the Colors

11:00   Butter Making

11:30   Early American Music with the “Sons of Liberty”

12:00   Our Daily Bread: Baking in the Earthen Oven

1:00     Battle Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga – Part 1”

1:30     18th Century Field Music: Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums

2:00     Patience Cooper: Enterprising Woman of the Frontier

3:00     Auction (18th century reproductions, clothing, housewares, books and much more)

4:00     Living History Camps Close for the day.

 

Sunday, May 19th

10:00   Event Opens.

10:30   Militia Muster and Inspection

11:00   18th Century Worship Service

12:00   Early American Music with the “Sons of Liberty”

12:30   Medicinal Plants and Frontier Naturalists

1:00     Our Daily Bread: Baking in the Earthen Oven

2:00     Battle Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga – Part 2”

2:30     18th Century Field Music: Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums

3:00     Retiring the Colors

 

Ongoing Demonstrations & Activities Throughout the Weekend

Native American Camp, Colonial Games, Medicinal Plants, Salt Making, Frontier Public House, Blacksmithing, 18th Century Laundress, Colonial Land Surveying, Weaving, 18th Century Market Faire, Hand Sewing, Flax Processing, Woodworking, Colonial Music, Open Hearth Cooking, Flintlock Firearms, Militia Encampments, British Loyalist Camp, And Many More Aspects of 18th Century Life!

 

 

 

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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Ranger Led Programs in May!

 

Carter Mansion Tour

Wednesday, May 1 @ 11:00 am

Cost: $7.00 for adults. $3.00 ages 7 – 17

6 and under are free

Max: 15

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, April 30.

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Join Ranger Davis for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780. Tour will be given in 18th century period clothing. Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, April 30. Cash payments must be made at the park office during regular operating hours prior to registration cut-off date. The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

 

Tomahawk Throwing Workshop

Wednesday, May 1 @  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost: $5.00

Max: 5

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, April 30.

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Master the unique frontier skill of tomahawk throwing by joining Ranger Jason Davis for a hands-on tutorial.  Topics will include proper technique and release, as well as versatile applications of tomahawk use in the outdoors. No children younger than 12. Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring your own gloves and water, all other supplies will be provided. Cash payments must be made at the park office during regular operating hours prior to registration cut-off date

 

Sabine Hill Tour

Wednesday, May 22  @ 11:00 am

Cost: $7.00 for adults. $3.00 ages 7 – 17

6 and under are free

Max: 16

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, May 21.

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Join Ranger Hayslett for a tour of Tennessee’s most remarkable example of Federalist architecture. The home of the Taylor family, Sabine Hill is a unique and beautiful home that documents the period of East Tennessee in transition from frontier to metropolitan. Cash payments must be made at the park office during regular operating hours prior to the tour. The historic Sabine Hill site is located at 2328 W G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

 

Frontier Fiddlin’

Wednesday, May 22 @ 2:00-3:00 pm

Cost: $7.00 for adults. $3.00 ages 7 – 17

6 and under are free

Max: 16

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, May 21.

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Do you enjoy experiencing history as it would have been? Listen to melodies with roots in Europe and Appalachia ring through the halls of one of Tennessee’s finest examples of Federal architecture. Meet Ranger Corbin Hayslett at Sabine Hill to learn about the musical melting-pot that was frontier Tennessee and how people from around the world shared culture through song. The historic Sabine Hill site is located at 2328 W G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

 

Information:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN   37643

423-543-5808

 

 

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Carter Mansion, Arboretum, and Fort Watauga Tours – This Saturday! April 13th

 

Sixth Annual Interpretive Day

with ETSU- Park and Recreation Students

at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Interpretive Programs     13 April 2019             1:00pm – 5:45pm

 

On April 13th from Noon until approximately 5:30 pm, ETSU Park and Recreation Students enrolled in SALM 3110 Interpretation of Cultural and Natural Resources Class will be conducting interpretive programs on Sycamore Shoals. The public is cordially invited to participate with them as they share with the community the special features that make Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park a premier natural and historical resource in the Upper East Tennessee region.

The first student led interpretive program will begin at 12:00 pm at the Carter Mansion and will cover the historical importance of John Carter in the region as a merchant and early political leader. Students will also lead a tour of the grounds surrounding the Carter Mansion. This program will conclude at approximately 1:30 pm

The second student led interpretive program will begin at 2:00 at the Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center and will include a brief walk around the property ending with an overview of the Fort and its significance as the birthplace of early Democracy in America. Particular attention will be placed on the historical importance of Sycamore Shoals as it relates to early American History and the program will focus on some of the key historical figures of the region.

The third and final student led interpretive program will begin at 4:00 in front of the Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center and will include an overview of the Sycamore Shoals Arboretum focusing on specific key trees in the arboretum. The interactive nature of this program will include walking through the arboretum with stops at various species of trees that are indicative of the region. This program will conclude the day’s event at 5:30 pm.

The students are conducting the interpretive programs a part of a class project designed to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students in the class while cultivating a lasting community stewardship for Sycamore Shoals. We encourage you to join these upcoming professionals in the field of Parks and Recreation for an enjoyable afternoon at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

 

“Through interpretation, understanding; through understanding, appreciation; through appreciation, protection.” – Freeman Tilden

 

 

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