Monthly Archives: February 2015

Final Liberty Audition scheduled for Sat., March 7 at 4:30 pm

Passionate about our heritage? Interested in performing in Tennessee’s official outdoor drama? Audition for this fun and unique interpretation of the American Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. This performance takes place here at Sycamore Shoals, the last three weekends of July.

Auditions take place in our community room, the Gathering Place, in the park Visitors Center. You may bring a narration to read or will be given a small portion of last year’s script.

If you would like to register as a non-speaker, either portraying a settler or Cherokee, you may sign up at this time.

Need information? Please call Jennifer at 423-543-5808 Ext 102.


Carter Mansion Tuesday Winter Tours Update for Tomorrow the 17th

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 17th, we will not be hosting afternoon tours of the Carter Mansion due to sickness and the weather.   We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please call the park Visitors Center at 423-543-5808 to confirm tours next week, Tuesday, February 24th.   Our Visitors Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm – 4:30 pm

18th Century Militia Muster – Colonial Skills & Trades


On February 14 and 15 Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, TN will present a weekend of 18th century living history.

EncampmentovalThe 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, skits, 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.

Join the reenactors of the Washington County Militia at Fort Watauga as they present a Nat Hyder sharpening a blademyriad 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 14th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Sunday, February 15th 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 or

This Event is Sponsored by: The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia