Military Timeline & Colonial Harvest Celebration

2015 flier

Saturday & Sunday,   November 7th & 8th

10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Sycamore Shoals will soon set the stage for over two hundred years of American military history. Come out the weekend before Veteran’s Day and step back in time for A Walk In Their Boots: A Timeline of American Military History . Experience life on the front lines as an American military soldier and follow his footsteps through the earliest frontier days, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, America’s Civil War, World War I, World War II and beyond. See firsthand, how the uniforms, equipment and weapons developed over the years. Follow the path of America’s proudest tradition, that of its military veterans.

As a timeline event, re-enactors and historical interpreters will walk you Historic Timeline - Representing veterans of past warsthrough each period, displaying artifacts and conducting interactive demonstrations that will show you how these men and women contributed to securing American freedom and how they have protected it to this day. Tour the period encampments, see how soldiers lived in the field

and what resources they had to survive!

Plus, do not miss the battle skirmish presentations for four specific time periods presented both days. Do not miss this opportunity to see period equipment and weapons in action! This event is designed to not only honor the past but also recognize our present military heroes. Everyone is encouraged to attend especially our veterans.

Also in conjunction with the timeline event, the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, host living history organization for Sycamore Shoals, will present a colonial era Harvest Celebration within Fort Watauga. In Harvest Celebration 2015Colonial America, before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday, each colony or community observed days of thanksgiving usually after the harvest had been brought in or after a significant military victory. Join the Washington County Militia for their annual Harvest Home Activities. Harvest events throughout the weekend will include; a reading of colonial governor Richard Caswell’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, open hearth cooking, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, militia drill and training, and many more aspects and demonstrations of daily life on the colonial American frontier.

This is a perfect opportunity for the entire family to visit one of Tennessee’s finest state parks and enjoy a day immersed in history and fun. Admission is free so don’t miss this unique event showcasing Tennessee’s rich military and historic heritage. During your time at the park be sure to experience the new interpretive exhibits and our Eastern National Book and Gift Shop to make your visit complete.


Saturday, November 7th

10:00 – Event Opens

10:15 – Opening Ceremony

11:00 – World War I era battle scenario

1:00 – Revolutionary War era assault on Fort Watauga

2:00 – Civil War era field skirmish

3:00 – World War II era assault


Sunday, November 8th

10:00 – Event Opens

11:00 – Church Service in the WWII camp

1:00 – Civil War era field skirmish

2:00 – World War I era battle scenario

3:00 – World War II era assault


Harvest Celebration 2015 -2 - Sycamore Shoals



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