History at Home


 

Ranger Programs for August 20th-August 26th

Seasonal Interpretive Ranger Gillian Roberts

Gillian Roberts demonstrating how to make a corn husk doll - Sycamore Shoals

The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion, located on the Broad Street Extension at 1031 Broad St. Elizabethton, open Wednesday through Sunday for a tour at 2:00 pm.

For more information on park programs or events, please call (423) 543-5808.

 

Thursday, August 20th

10:30 am          Colonial Clothing- Want to know how the first settlers of our native Tennessee dressed? Gillian will be on the back porch of the Visitors Center to show some examples of men’s, women’s, and even children’s clothing from the 18th century. Who knows, you might even get to try some things on!

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Join Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear the stories of the family who built it.

 

Friday, August 21st

10:30 am          Wataugan Footsteps- Fort Watauga was and still is a vital piece of history to the state of Tennessee. Gillian will be giving a tour of the Fort, sharing with you the background behind the Watauga Association, and the Overmountain Men.

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Meet Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear stories of the family who built it.

3:30 pm           Musket Demonstration- Fire in the hole! Join Gillian at the Visitor’s center and see how the British, Frontiersmen, and even the Native Americans loaded the so-called “Brown Bess”. It’s history with a bang!

 

Saturday, August 22nd

10:30 am          Flint and Steel Fire Starting- We all enjoy a nice cozy fire now and then. Meet Gillian inside Fort Watauga to learn how the early settlers of Tennessee made fire with only a few simple items. 

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Join Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear the stories of the family who built it. 

3:30 pm           The Music That Made America- There are so many important tunes that we sing and instruments that we play today that were also used on the early frontier. Swing by the Visitor’s Center to learn about these tunes and instruments that have been a part of our culture for centuries!

 

Sunday, August 23rd

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Meet Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear stories of the family who built it. 

3:30 pm           Colonial Kids- Ever wonder what the children of the frontier did to have fun? Meet Gillian at the doors of Fort Watauga and learn to play        some of the games the children of the Watauga settlement enjoyed in the 18th century!

 

Tuesday, August 25th

10:30 am          Tomahawk Throw- Come and learn about the versatile tomahawk. Parents and children both are welcome to join Gillian in the courtyard of the fort to learn about a favorite pastime of the frontiersmen, the tomahawk throw! Only those 12 years and older are allowed to participate in the actual tomahawk throw but an alternative tomahawk throw will be set up for those younger than 12. 

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Join Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear the stories of the family who built it.

 

Wednesday, July 26th

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Meet Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear stories of the family who built it.

 

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4 Responses to History at Home

  1. kathryn hodge says:

    I was super impressed with the NEW MUSEUM!! The film was excellent and the play LIBERTY! was spectacular, as was the evening meal!! Thanks for making my granddaughter’s Revolutionary history become real (she is in 4th grade and I also took her to Boston this summer)!!

    • Thank you for the very kind words and so glad you like the new museum & film! Also happy to hear you were able to take in Liberty! and the dinner theater, and most importantly, that you enjoyed your time with us and that your granddaughter had an enriching experience.

  2. kathryn hodge says:

    I believe my school is going to come there for a 4th grade field trip. Do you include guided tours of the fort or re enactments during the week? I wish LIBERTY ran during the school year!!

    • Excited to hear that your school will be visiting Sycamore Shoals! To arrange for a guided tour, you would need to call the park and speak with Jason or Chad. They will do their best to find a date that they can tour the group and organize a fun and educational experience for your 4th graders!

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