Monthly Archives: November 2016

Christmas at the Carter Mansion


Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd from 6 pm until 9:00 pm

The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion

1031 Broad Street      Elizabethton, Tennessee

Tours by Registration only please

$5.00 for 13 yrs through Adult; 12 and under free

A new tour starts every 20 minutes beginning at 6 pm; last tour at 8:40 pm

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Are you tired of the hustle and bustle that always accompanies this time of year? If so, step back in time to the 18th century and enjoy a colonial Christmas at the beautiful Carter Mansion. Join Colonel John Carter, the Carter family, and all their friends for a glimpse into simpler time, when Christmas was the grandest celebration of the entire year. In colonial America the Christmas season was celebrated as month long array of merriment and festivities signaled by caroling, feasting, dances, foxhunts, and the firing of Christmas guns. Christmas on the colonial frontier would have been much different though, with only the simplest of pleasures being offered by the humble backwoods settlers. However, in contrast, the Carters would have displayed an opulence only seen in the finest homes of Williamsburg or Philadelphia.

Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Enjoy music, hot cider, and 18th century interpreters as they transport you to a Colonial American Christmas. We look forward to your visit for this one-of-a-kind holiday gathering!


For more information please contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park             (423) 543-5808

Autumn Heritage Celebration this Weekend!

Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6

Saturday from  10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm

This year may be drawing to a close, but we aren’t going to let it pass without one more festive weekend at Fort Watauga!   Events for the two days include…… 


A Walk in Their Boots: A Military Timeline

In honor of Veteran’s Day join reenactors and historians from across the nation for this unique look at our country’s military history. From the Revolutionary War to modern conflicts, see how our armed services evolved throughout the years. Uniform displays, living history camps, weapons demonstrations and battle reenactments are just a few of the many activities.


Colonial Harvest Celebration

While visiting the Military Timeline, join the festivities at Fort Watauga as the Washington County Militia gather to celebrate recent victories in the War for Independence and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Enjoy demonstrations of 18th century life and living history presentations.


Fall Fibers Show

Fall is the time we plan our winter projects and our handmade holiday gifts! Spend a day visiting our regions’ finest fiber producers and artists! The day will include workshops, vendors with handmade items for sale, raw fibers, and demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and more! New this year! Sheep Herding demonstrations with Phil Lakin!


Saturday Workshop!

Inkle Weaving

Instructor: Ronnie Lail

Saturday, November 5   from 1 to 4 pm

Cost: $60 includes loom (to keep!) & all supplies

Min: 3              Max: 8

$20 thread only                         $10 instruction only

Learn how to weave wide sashes, narrow bands, and shoelaces on a loom that is light-weight and easy to carry around! You can create wonderful patterns through varied placement of colorful thread. Bring scissors.




For more information contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808