Liberty! to offer reduced admission opening night….


Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is pleased to be able to offer special ticket pricing for opening night, Thursday, July 14th!  

“First Night” is an exciting time for our Liberty! cast who have been working and practicing tirelessly since early April preparing for the 38th season of Liberty! On Thursday, July 14th, adults and seniors can attend Liberty! for $8.00 per person, children ages 6 to 17 years for $5.00, and 5 and under are free.

The drama is presented for nine nights each July running Thursday through Saturday, July 14, 15, 16; 21, 22 & 23, and 28, 29, and 30.   The box office opens nightly at 6 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm.

Photographed by Bruce Green

We also offer the option to purchase your tickets in advance, online at   All seating is general admission.  Take advantage of this new service to insure your admission on the night of your choosing. Tickets may also be purchased on-site the night of the performance, with a maximum seating capacity of 450 total seats.

Tickets are $12.00 for Adults; $10.00 for Seniors (55 & up); $5.00 for Children (6 to 17 yrs); and 5 and under are free. Friends of Sycamore Shoals members are $6.00 and must present their membership card at the box office.

On Thursday, July 21, Liberty! will honor our veterans by offering them free admission to the show, along with an escort.

The 2016 season also marks the 7th exciting year for Pepsi’s Carter’s Trading Post, a venue named in honor of the original store opened by pioneers John Carter and partner William Parker shortly after they arrived on the frontier in 1771.  A fine menu of mouth-watering treats will be offered each evening for Liberty! guests.

Come early and enjoy an excellent dinner prior to the performance of Liberty! The Dinner Theater will be offered all 9 nights, except opening night, July 14th. The dates are July 15 & 16, July 21 – 23, and July 28 – 30. Dinner is served at approximately 6:00 PM. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

The Liberty! Dinner Theater is available by advanced reservations only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM the day of the performance. Dinner theater tickets are $25.00 for Adults; $23.00 for Seniors (55 and up); $18.00 for Children (6 to 17 years); 5 and under Free with a paying adult; and $19.00 for Friends of Sycamore Shoals members. Dinner Theater tickets include the cost of your meal and admission to Liberty!

Each Friday night, a sign language interpreter will be with us, bringing the story to life for the hearing impaired. In addition, we also have a Williams Hearing Impaired system transmitting on 72.9 MHz during all performances for those that have a receiver and ear piece.

Henderson arrives

Mark your calendars now and join us for this great opportunity to see the story of nationally significant events unfold in a dramatic presentation performed on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals with the reconstructed Fort Watauga as the backdrop. Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals is a two act outdoor drama depicting four major events that took place in the late 18th century within the Watauga Settlement now present day Elizabethton, TN.

These events reflect the rich and vast historical significance that surround Sycamore Shoals and the East Tennessee region as a whole, and the role that early settlers played in the formation of a new nation. Visiting The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee is a great way to see these stories unfold. Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals begins its 38th season Thursday, July 14, and continues for a three-weekend run.

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