Carter Mansion Celebration this weekend!

Saturday, April 7 & Sunday, April 8

Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm               Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time? You can do just that during the Carter Mansion Celebration. Step back to the 1780s, when the Revolutionary War was raging in the colonies and hardy frontiersmen had crossed the mountains in defiance of British law to carve out homes in the wilderness. One such man was John Carter, a wealthy trader who built his beautiful house along the banks of the Watauga River. Known as Carter’s Mansion, the elegant frame house stood in stark contrast to the log homes used by the settlers of the region. This event will celebrate that historic home and the early settlers that gave us our rich heritage and history.

Visitors will have opportunities to take a guided tour of the mansion built ca. 1775-1780. Known as the oldest frame house in Tennessee, the Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion boasts beautiful over mantle murals, hand carved moldings and raised panels making it one of the most treasured sites in Tennessee history. The house is the only surviving link to the famed Watauga Association, the democratic government set up by the early settlers in the Watauga Valley. The home’s builder, John Carter, served as a chairman of the Association.

Guests can also enjoy visiting the camps of The Washington County NC Militia, Sycamore Shoals’ host living history organization. There the militia members will be presenting demonstrations of the daily lives of 18th century backwoods settlers. These skills and trades will include weaving, knitting, sewing, 18th century woodworking, rope making, natural dyeing, flint knapping, butter churning, medicinal plants, and much more. Also enjoy colonial games, militia drill and training, musket and rifle demonstrations, and 18th century military music by the Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums.

A highlight of the weekend will be the re-creation of a small skirmish between Patriot militia and British loyalists, known as Tories. The Plot Against John Carter is a dramatic representation of actual events that occurred at the Mansion in the summer of 1781. The battle re-enactment will be presented Saturday at 1:00 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Experience the life of early settlers, smell the campfire smoke, hear the rattle of muskets, and see the 18th century come to life at the Carter Mansion Celebration.

This event is free of charge so bring the entire family and enjoy a weekend of Living History, Education, and Family Fun! The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street in Elizabethton, TN.

For further information contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at (423) 543-5808 or visit these websites, http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

 

Schedule of Events

*Schedule is Weather Dependent and Subject to Change or Cancellation*

Activities Throughout Both Days Include…

18th Century Militia Camp, Flintlock Firearm Demonstrations, Flint Knapping & Primitive Skills, 18th Century Woodworking, Colonial & Traditional Music, Medicinal Plants, Colonial Games, Sewing & Tailoring, Knitting, Weaving, Displays of 18th Century Frontier Living, & Much More!

Saturday, April 7th

10:00 – Militia Inspection & Salute to the Carter Family – Posting the Colors followed by a grave decoration and mourning of arms to honor the Carter Family.

11:00 – Carter Mansion Tour Take advantage of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions to the history of our community, state, and nation.

12:00 – Militia Drill – The Washington County Regiment will demonstrate the tactics and firearms of an 18th century militia!

12:30 – “Echoes of Independence” – The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform tunes from the American Revolution!

1:00 – “Skirmish at the Mansion” – It was the summer of 1781, John Carter and John Sevier, who had access to the settlement’s deed books, confiscated the lands of all Loyalists living nearby. When these Tories learned of this, they plotted to kill Carter and Sevier; take the deed books; and restore their lands. The wife of one of the conspirators, however, was friendly with John Sevier and warned him of his danger. John Carter fled and took the true books with him, leaving fake copies in his office. He died of smallpox soon afterward; taking the location of this treasure to his grave…We will interpret this sequence of events as a skirmish at the home of John Carter

1:30 – Carter Mansion Tour

2:30 – Militia Drill – The Washington County Regiment will demonstrate the tactics and firearms of an 18th century militia!

 3:00 – Carter Mansion Tour

4:00 – Retiring the Colors – The militia closes the day’s activities by retiring the flag. Join us tomorrow for another day of living history, entertainment, and family fun.


Sunday, April 9th

10:00 – Militia Inspection The Militia kicks of the day’s activities by posting the Colours.

11:00 – Worship ServiceAll are welcome to join us for Sunday service on the grounds of the beautiful Carter Mansion.

12:00 – “Echoes of Independence” – The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform tunes from the American Revolution!

12:30 – Carter Mansion Tour Take advantage of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions to the history of our community, state, and nation.

1:30 – “Skirmish at the Mansion” – It was the summer of 1781, John Carter and John Sevier, who had access to the settlement’s deed books, confiscated the lands of all Loyalists living nearby. When these Tories learned of this, they plotted to kill Carter and Sevier; take the deed books; and restore their lands. The wife of one of the conspirators, however, was friendly with John Sevier and warned him of his danger. John Carter fled and took the true books with him, leaving fake copies in his office. He died of smallpox soon afterward; taking the location of this treasure to his grave… We will interpret this sequence of events as a skirmish at the home of John Carter.

2:00 – Carter Mansion Tour Take advantage of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions to the history of our community, state, and nation.

 3:00 – Militia Drill & Retiring the Colors – The Washington County Regiment will demonstrate the tactics and firearms of an 18th century militia, and close the event by retiring the flag.

 

 

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Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show and Sale this Saturday!

 

Spring Fibers Show

scheduled for Saturday, March 17th!

10 am until 4 pm in the Visitors Center of the State Park

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We are pleased to welcome the Overmountain Weavers Guild from Exchange Place, Kingsport, Tennessee to Sycamore Shoals for their annual fibers show. These talented Guild members will be presenting intriguing demonstrations and hands on opportunities which make this an event you don’t want to miss!

The one day event will include:

Spinning and Weaving demonstrations

The opportunity to purchase hand-made items from Guild members

Knitting, Spinning, and Weaving contests

Classes: Beginners Knitting with Linda Muraski and Beginning Crochet with Rudi Angelmaier

A Children’s Craft Table

Vendors displaying and selling fiber related items

 

We hope to see you this Saturday for our annual fibers show with the Overmountain Weavers!

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808

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An Early 19th century Formal Sweetheart Tea

Friends of Sycamore Shoals

and the Sabine Hill Social Society present 

An Early 19th century Formal Sweetheart Tea

 

Sunday, February 18 from 2 pm – 4 pm 

at the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Visitors Center

 

Sharing in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, step back in time with the Sabine Hill Social Society as they host their 1st annual historically inspired Sweetheart Tea.  Our guests will be served by living historians dressed in early 19th century attire while professional harpist Frieda Winters performs a medley of tunes for your enjoyment.  You and your companions will dine on finger foods, appetizers, and pastries accompanied by coffee and a selection of teas.

Cost is $12 per person or $20 per couple or friend.  Children ages 6 – 12 years is $8.

Space is limited so please make your reservations early at 423-543-5808.

Come join in the fun of exploring history and our heritage with Sabine Hill Social Society!

Proceeds from this event supports future educational programming at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

 

 

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Aveue   Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.com

www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

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