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.
Prior to the opening, we enjoyed the company of Mary Ruden, artist 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.
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!