Colonial Skills and Trades Militia Muster February 15 & 16!

On February 15 and 16 Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, TN will present a weekend of 18th century living history. The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, the park’s host living history organization, will be encamped in and around Fort Watauga providing visitors with a glimpse into our Revolutionary past. Walk among settlers and native peoples who share stories of our history through talks, presentations and demonstrations of 18th century life.

The Washington County Militia provides many historic programs throughout the year at Sycamore Shoals. This particular event will focus mainly on the daily tasks and trades that made a frontier settlement thrive. The Watauga settlement, in the 18th century, was a remote backwoods community. The early settlers relied on each other as well as their Native Cherokee neighbors for specialized items and knowledge such as woodworking, weaving, rope making, blacksmithing, sewing and hunting techniques.

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Join the reenactors of the Washington County Militia at Fort Watauga as they present a myriad of programs on these skills and trades of the 18th century. Also witness the militia as they present flintlock musket firing demonstrations, 18th century artillery demonstrations, and military drill. Bring out the entire family for this free event, and enjoy an exciting, entertaining, and informative day at the beautiful and historic Sycamore Shoals State Park. The event takes place on Saturday, February 15th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Sunday, February 16th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is located at 1651 W. Elk Avenue in Elizabethton, TN. For more information about this and other exciting events at Sycamore Shoals please call 423-543-5808 or visit the park websites at and This event is sponsored by The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia. You may visit their website at

Schedule of Events 

Saturday, February 15th                                                                        

10:00 – Militia Inspection & Raising the Colors

12:00 – Artillery Demonstration

2:00 – Militia Drill

4:00 – Retiring the Colors. Event Closes for the day.

Sunday, February 16th   

10:00 – Raising the Colors

11:00 – Worship Service

1:00 – Artillery Demonstration

2:30 – Militia Drill

3:00 – Retiring the Colors   


Activities Throughout the Weekend Include…

Open Hearth Cooking – Salt Rendering – Maple Syrup Making –  Leatherwork

Leather-bound Journal Making –Wool Processing – Hand Sewing – Pine Needle Baskets – Native Skills – Woodsman Skills – Flintlock Rifle & Musket Firing

Trapping & Animal Pelts Display – Tavern Life – Daily Frontier Life

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