September 2015 – Events and Workshops


Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps

Saturdays                                                                                                                10:00 am – 12 pm

The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. This group is open to anyone ages 13 & up. Musical experience is welcome but not necessary; just come with a willingness to learn. Meet our volunteer coordinator John Large at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!

Carter Mansion Autumn Open House

Tuesdays                                                                                                               noon – 3 pm

Join historic interpreter Ramona Invidiato for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, the John and Landon Carter Mansion. Walk through the rooms of this elegant frontier home and listen to the walls of raised paneling echo stories of days gone by. The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad St.., Elizabethton, TN. Tours may be canceled due to significantly inclement weather, please contact the main park to confirm.

The Liberty Spinners

Tuesday, September 8                                                                                         9:30 am – 11:30 am

This gathering of spinners and fiber artists is open to anyone interested in the art of spinning. Join us at 9:30 am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (April to November). 

14th Annual Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival                     

Friday – Sunday, September 11, 12 and 13

Friday Night Torchlight Ceremony                                        6:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday                                                                   9:00 am – 5:00 pm                             Saturday Night Concert                                                          6:30 pm

Celebrate Appalachia’s Celtic heritage! Opening with a torchlight ceremony Friday night, Clans and Family Societies will be on hand to help with family history; dance, music, food, vendors, demonstrations, reenactments of 18th & 19th Century heritage, lectures. There will be a special musical concert on Saturday evening. Admission Charge.

“Gathering at Sycamore Shoals”

Saturday, September 19             10:00 am

On Saturday the 19th of September 2015, The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the 235th “Gathering at Sycamore Shoals”. This is a celebration of the Overmountain Men coming together to march to King’s Mountain and defeat Loyalist forces under Col. Patrick Ferguson. We will have a Memorial Service and a wreath laying service. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the wreath laying.  For more information please contact Ronnie Lail at 423-914-8677 Wataugatnssar@Gmail.com . 

Overmountain Victory Trail March

Friday, September 25                                                2:00 pm (approximate time)

Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain since 1975. On September 25, marchers will cross the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 235 years ago. 

Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Saturday, September 26                                                                                      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 27                                                                          10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780. Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution!

Walking in Frontier Footsteps

Saturday, September 26                                                                                      1:00 pm

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Sycamore Shoals! Join Historic Interpreter Chad Bogart on a special guided walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path. Discover the vital role Sycamore Shoals played in the early frontier community, and how its significance would impact our nation’s history. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Meet at Fort Watauga, located behind the park Visitor Center. Please no pets. Hike is subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, September 27                                                                           1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month. Old time musicians of all levels are welcome. Don’t play and instrument? Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!

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