Liberty begins 2nd week of performances July 17


Veteran’s night on July 17

Interpretation for the hearing impaired on July 19

Watching the cast of Liberty! share the stories of Sycamore Shoals is humbling, exciting, and above all…….inspirational.   Comprised of over 100 volunteers, our neighbors from throughout the Tri-Cities and beyond, come together each January to begin auditions and rehearsals for the July drama. Giving an enormous amount of time and energy, they ask nothing in return – just the opportunity to be a part of ensuring that historic events of national significance are always remembered. Within their hearts you will find a passion and strong desire to honor our ancestors – patriots in the truest sense of the word. 

Leaving the comforts of home, long hunters, and then families, began leaving the 13 colonies to begin a new life, free of the rule of the British king. They crossed over the mountains beyond the Proclamation Line of 1763 discovering land that was cleared, yet uninhabited. The “Old Fields” of the Watauga quickly became the heart of frontier settlements on land belonging to the Cherokee. Set in the 1770’s, Liberty! relates the good times and the sad times; the struggles and the sacrifices – of families who were willing to take incredible risks to create a democratic society against a multitude of obstacles. 

Liberty opens its second week of performances on Thursday, July 17, and continues Thursday through Saturday through July 26th. With just two more weeks to go, we hope you will mark your calendars now to attend Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama – Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton, Tennessee. 

On Thursday, July 17, the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, the Liberty! Cast, and the park staff, wishes to thank and honor our veterans by offering each veteran and an escort, free admission to Liberty! on this night. 

Additionally, on Saturday, July 19th, an interpreter for the hearing impaired will be signing the play as it is performed. 

Set beside the Watauga River, the story unfolds with Fort Watauga as the backdrop. The outdoor amphitheater provides bench seating with backs and an opportunity to sample great food within a short distance from your seat, at Carter’s Store.   Turkey legs, pulled pork barbeque, soup beans and cornbread, and corn on the cob are just a few of the menu items. 

On Friday and Saturday nights, July 18 & 19 and 25 & 26, we offer a dinner theater, by reservation only. 

Liberty! continues July 17 – 19 and the 24 – 26, closing the 36th season on Saturday, July 26th.

For additional information and for dinner theater reservations, please contact the park at 423-543-5808.

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