Monthly Archives: August 2013

Have you visited us lately?

We have enjoyed a lively and productive season at Sycamore Shoals!  The highlight of the year was the opening of our new interpretive exhibits on June 28th!  As you travel through the exhibit area, the story of the Watauga Settlement comes to life through interactive and audio displays.  At the end of your journey through the late 18th century along the Watauga Old Fields, our new film, “Sycamore Shoals: Story of the American Spirit,” creatively summarizes the national significance of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.   Below, a very life-like mannequin representing Dragging Canoe, greets you as you approach Fort Watauga.

Dragging Canoe 50%

Prior to the opening, we enjoyed the company of Mary Ruden, artistIMG_2329 50% and sculptor, who spent several days with us restoring the statute of the Overmountain man in front of the park visitor center.  She did a phenomenal job and also restored the plaques!  Thank you Mary!

This is also a great time of year to take in the North American Butterfly Gardens at Sycamore Shoals.  With thanks to our Master Gardener volunteers, the gardens are as beautiful as ever!  Located beside the trail by the Watauga River, you will also see new benches around the garden courtesy of Friends of Sycamore Shoals and the Appalachian Boy Scout Council.

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These are but a few snippits of what’s happening behind the scenes at the park. So stop by and visit us soon and take in the beauty and history first hand at Sycamore Shoals!

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is changing the days and hours that our Visitors Center will be open!

The park grounds, trails, fort, picnic area, and butterfly gardens are all open daily from dawn to dusk. 

Beginning Tuesday September 3, 2013, we will be observing the following hours of operation at our Visitors Center only: 

NEW Visitor Center Hours

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Tuesday through Saturday 

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm  Sunday 

CLOSED MONDAYS 

Our Visitor Center is closed on MOST State Holidays 

Park Grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk

 

For general information, in addition to information on our special events and interpretive activities:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643 

432-543-5808

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.tnstateparks.com/SycamoreShoals/

 

 

   

Civil War Camp at the Carter Mansion!

Friday, August 30st     10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 31st     9:00 am –  4:00 pm

 J.C. Davis at Civil War Camp at Carter Mansion

           In the spring of 1861, the “powder keg” known as states rights finally exploded!  Southern states quickly seceded from the Union, but there was much controversy in Tennessee on which side to take.  Conflict soon became bloody.  Father would fight son, neighbor would fight neighbor, and the close bond that held the early settlements together on the frontier was now put to the test!  Would the county bearing the namesake of Landon Carter, who fought so hard to earn the flag of stars and stripes during the Revolution, continue to fight for it? 

           Come join Civil War soldiers at the Carter Mansion for this 4th annual, two-day event!  The highlight of the event will include demonstrations of a Civil War cannon! Kids are invited to participate on Saturday for a good old-fashioned rubber-band musket shoot and receive a special prize for attending!  Experience both local and regional history in an educational setting where visitors can see different uniforms worn and a variety of equipment used by both Union and Confederate interpreters. Witness daily aspects of camp life such as recruit training, military medicine, and traditional camp music. Tours of the Carter Mansion will also be given highlighting the Civil War history associated with the house and the surrounding community.  

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area and the Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion are proud to be able to expand the historic programs offered at both locations. By extending the usual portrayals of the 18th century and Revolutionary War era to the 19th century and Civil War era, a broader view of local history can be achieved and draw in visitors with interests in different time periods. 

The Civil War Camp at the Carter Mansion is a great opportunity to spend a day with the family in a beautiful historic setting and discover the history surrounding Tennessee’s oldest frame house during the War Between the States! 

FRIDAY, AUG. 30th 

10:00 – Camp Opens

11:00 – Cannon & Musket Demonstration : See the weapons of the Civil War in action!

1:00 – Carter Mansion Tour: Join our staff for a guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house. Hear about the last generation of Carters to live there and about the Civil War history surrounding the house.

2:00 – Cannon & Musket Demonstration

3:00 – Civil War Medicine: Discover the medical practices of a military camp & mountain remedies used during the War Between the States.

4:00 – Cannon Demonstration – Camp Closes: Join us tomorrow at the Carter Mansion for another day of Civil War excitement!

SATURDAY, AUG. 31st 

 9:00 – Camp Opens

10:00 –  Kid’s Rubber Band Musket Shoot: Kids, join this friendly competition and see who’s the best shot in the South! Special prizes!

11:00 – Cannon  Demonstration & Musket Demonstration

1:00 – Carter Mansion Tour: Join our staff for a guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house. Hear about the last generation of Carters to live there and about the Civil War history surrounding the house.

2:00 – Cannon & Musket Demonstration

3:00 – Civil War Medicine: Discover the medical practices of a military camp & mountain remedies used during the War Between the States.

4:00 – Cannon Demonstration – Camp Closes

 Military training