Independence on the Frontier!


 

Saturday and Sunday

June 28 and 29

Step back in time 238 years to a colorful revolutionary world and witness life as it was on the 18th century frontier during a very tumultuous time. In the summer of 1776 colonial leaders met in Philadelphia to draft a document that would forever change the world. As our guest to Fort Watauga, you too can be part of the excitement as news of American Independence reaches the colonial frontier. What did the colonists think about a new nation? Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.

IMG_2111The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, host living history organization at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, will be encamped in and around Fort Watauga giving visitors a glimpse of life in 1776. A myriad of activities will unfold throughout the weekend such as militia drill and training, artillery firing demonstrations, open hearth cooking, tomahawk throwing and a special reading of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday at 1:00 followed by refreshments and a short celebration.

Get an early start on your Independence celebrations and bringFrontier independence the entire family out for a weekend full of history, patriotism, education, and family fun. The event will run from 10:00 until 4:00 on Saturday, June 28th and 10:00 until 3:00 on Saturday, June 29th. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643. For more information about this event please contact the park at 423-543-5808 or log on to these websites: http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org or http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

Independence on the Frontier: Schedule of Events 

Saturday, June 28th     

10:00 – Raising the Colours: Start the day off with a bang as the militia falls in for inspection and raises the flag with a patriotic ceremony.

10:30 – Kids Rubber Band Rifle Shoot: Kids! Join in the fun of an old fashioned rubber band shooting match with prizes for the top marksmen!

11:00 – “Fix Bayonets”: Join Mr. Davis of the Continental Army and learn about the uses and tactics of the bayonet, one of the most feared weapons used in the Revolutionary War!

11:30 – Kids Militia: Attention all able bodied kids! Fall in and drill with the Washington Co.

12:30 – “Echoes of Revolution”: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War.

1:00 – Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Join in the excitement as the document declaring our freedom from Great Britain is read publicly inside Fort Watauga. A short celebration with refreshment will follow.

2:00 – Bayonet Competition: Cheer on the Militiamen as they test their skill and aim with this 18th century weapon.

2:30 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the Fort’s Cannon.

3:00 – Tomahawk Throw: Join Tanner inside Fort Watauga and learn about the tomahawk, a multipurpose tool on the frontier.

3:30 – Militia Drill: The Washington County Militia demonstrates the tactics and firearms used during the Revolutionary War.

4:00 – Retiring the Colours – Camps Close to the Public: Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of 18th century living history. 

Sunday, June 29th  

 10:00 – Raising the Colours: Start the day off with a bang as the militia falls in for inspection and raises the flag with a patriotic ceremony.

10:30 – Worship Service: Join us for Sunday Service held inside Fort Watauga.

11:30 – Kids Militia: Attention all able bodied kids! Fall in and drill with the Washington Co.

12:30 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the Fort’s Cannon.

1:00 – Ladies’ Tea & Sunday Social: Join the ladies of the settlement and defy crown law with a “Liberty Tea”. Learn about the famous Edenton Tea Party of 1774.

2:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the Fort’s Cannon.

2:30 – Militia Drill: The Washington County Militia demonstrates the tactics and firearms used during the Revolutionary War.

3:00 – Retiring the Colours: Event closed to the public.

Information?   423-543-5808

 

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