Monthly Archives: August 2016

19th Annual Knap In at Fort Watauga

Saturday and Sunday,  August 27 & 28

from 10 am – 4 pm each day

Creating a flint-knapped knife - Bob Estep

Join Flintknappers from across our region for a weekend long demonstration and gathering of primitive technologists at SycamoreShoals State Historic Park on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 & 28 from 10 am to 4 pm each day. This fun, family weekend only happens once a year so we hope you will stop by!

The art of flintknapping is the specific process of making stone tools, such as arrowheads, spear points and other survival tools, using traditional tools. This skill has been passed down through generations and for the annual Knap in at Sycamore Shoals, you will have the opportunity to enjoy demonstrations of the craft along with other tools used by primitive cultures worldwide.


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643




August Workshops at Sycamore Shoals!

To hold your place in a workshop, pre-registration and payment is required.

Please register early by calling 423-543-5808 to ensure a spot in the class!


Fall Gardening                                                                                         

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday, August 6

9 am – noon

Cost: No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session

It’s not too early to be planning & building your spring garden. Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.


Scottish Heavy Athletics Demonstration and Workshop

Saturday, August 6

10 am – 4 pm

This will be a chance to see a number of the athletic events planned by the Upper East TN Celtic Society for the October Celtic Festival. It is also a great opportunity for those who may be interested in participating and learning more about Scottish Highland Game events. Be prepared for physical activity. Spectators also welcome and water to be provided for participants.


Learn to Play the Pennywhistle                                                             

Instructor: Martha Egan

Sunday, Aug 14

1:30 pm – 3 pm

Cost: $30 (includes Clark tin whistle, book)

Min: 1 Max: 12

$20 if you bring your own instrument

Popular in the British Isles in the 1800’s, this class includes the fundamentals of holding and sounding your pennywhistle, learning the first notes, and playing a song—or come and advance the skills you already possess. Music and other supplemental materials provided.


Natural Dyeing                                                                                        

Instructor: Carolyn DeWitt

Saturday, August 20

10 am – 4 pm

Cost: $25

Min: 2                 Max: 10

Make beautiful color with all the bounty of nature. Learn to dye thread as colonial settlers might have during the 18th century. Create stunning colors with the herbs and flowers of the field. Wear old clothes and bring your lunch.


Basketry – Basil and Thyme                                                                 

Instructor: Candy Alexander

Saturday, August 27

9 am – 4 pm

Cost: $28.00

Min:      4              Max: 10

Create a traditional Appalachian herb basket with a wrapped handle. Learn to weave a God’s Eye. A variety of woven patterns will be offered for the hoop. Dimensions: 12″ rnd. x 10″ high. Bring garden or kitchen shears, an old hand towel, pencil, small measuring tape, small spray bottle of water, and strong clothespins