On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The NASA website states, “Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk”. It is the first time in many years that a total solar will be visible exclusively from the United States, and for this reason it is being called the ‘Great American Eclipse’. This much anticipated eclipse is likely to be the most watched, most photographed and most televised astronomical event of a generation.

Although Northeast Tennessee will not be in the path of totality, our area will experience an eclipse in which 96% of the sun will be covered by the passing moon. To mark this unique celestial experience, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is hosting a special event on the day of the eclipse. On Monday, August 21st from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm the park will be offering special programs and activities for visitors wishing to catch a glimpse of this once in a lifetime event. Activities will include interpretive programs and talks, coloring sheets for children, making paper solar projectors, and more. Special Tennessee State Park commemorative solar viewing glasses will be given to the first 125 participants.

At Sycamore Shoals the eclipse will begin at 1:08 pm. The maximum coverage point, where 96% of the sun will be obscured by the moon, will occur at 2:37 pm, and the eclipse will end at 4:00 pm. The event is free of charge and is a great opportunity for your family to come to one of Tennessee’s most historic places to witness this most historic event.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 West Elk Ave. in Elizabethton, TN. For additional information on this special park event please visit or You may also call the park at 423-543-5808. For more on the eclipse in general, and for tips on how to safely view an eclipse, please visit

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