Sycamore Shoals Lecture Series continues on Sunday, April 23rd followed by English Country dance lessons

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park announces a new way to enjoy & learn more about our history in the upper East Tennessee region. In connection with Sabine Hill our newest property, the Sabine Hill Social Society is a group of dedicated volunteers who focus on helping the park with educational events and social activities of the early 19th century. They have big plans and are excited about sharing the stories and lifestyles of families that lived at Sabine Hill and throughout our region in the early 19th century, including dances, teas, and special lectures.


On Sunday, April 23 from 1 to 5 pm, we invite you to join the Sabine Hill Social Society on Sunday, April 23 from 1 to 5 pm at the Gathering Place in the park Visitors Center for a presentation on the History of Sabine Hill and the Nathaniel Taylor Family, presented by John Parrish.

John Parrish is a direct descendant of General Nathaniel Taylor and Mary Patton Taylor through their daughter, Lorina, who married General Jacob Tipton. John’s parents were from Tipton County in West Tennessee so he has a deep connection to Tennessee and its history.

He moved to our area of the mountains in 2007 and has spent his years here researching his family history and Tennessee history. For the past seven years he has served as the President of the Tipton Family Association of America. He currently serves as Vice President of the Friends Group at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

Following Mr. Parrish’s presentation, we will clear back the chairs and enjoy a fun afternoon engaged in English Country Dance for beginners!

We hope you can join us for an entertaining and educational afternoon at Sycamore Shoals! This is event if free and open to the public.

If you would like to become a member of the Sabine Hill Social Society, all you need to do is join Friends of Sycamore Shoals. Online information can be found at or in the lobby of the park.

For information, please contact the park at 423-543-5808.


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643



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