SCHEDULED THE FIRST WEEKEND IN NOVEMBER
The Tennessee Historical Commission and Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park are pleased to announce the opening of Sabine Hill in Elizabethton, Tennessee. This beautiful early 19th century home was constructed c. 1818 by the family of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor. Architectural historians consider the home to be one of the finest examples of Federal style architecture in the State of Tennessee. The property was restored as a capital project of the Tennessee Historical Commission and will be operated as a unit of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. “We are very honored to partner with Sycamore Shoals to help provide a valuable addition to the area’s thriving tourism industry,” notes Tennessee Historical Commission Executive Director Patrick McIntyre. “This exciting new attraction for Elizabethton is the culmination of a decade of work that began when we learned the home was imminently threatened by demolition.”
Jennifer Bauer, Park Manager at Sycamore Shoals said “It was the intent of all involved in this process that this should be a model historic preservation project. Extensive research and a high quality restoration of the property and home were paramount in the process of bringing the Taylor home back to life.” Research included archaeological investigations of the grounds, obtaining cut dates of the primary beams in the main house through dendrochronology, and detailed historic paint studies of the interior and exterior of the structures.
The process of saving Sabine Hill has been a continuum of events since the mid 1900’s. When the house was sold to the Reynolds family in the late 1940’s, their stabilization of the structure ensured it would not fall. Subsequently, other private owners worked together to preserve the house, the original doors, mantles, and examples of varied architectural details inside the home. When threatened with demolition, the local community and Taylor descendants came together to call for the future preservation of the Taylor home.
Ultimately, the success of the efforts of both citizens and state government working together can now be seen in Tennessee’s newest and finest State Historic Site, Sabine Hill.
Sabine Hill will once again radiate with the life and stories of its earliest inhabitants, Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor, his wife, Mary Patton Taylor, their children, and descendants.
In celebration of the opening, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will be conducting guided tours by reservation on November 4, 5, 11 and 12 and also hosting an entertaining celebration at Sycamore Shoals on Saturday evening, November 4th at 7:30 pm. The Saturday evening event will include historic dance demonstrations & guest participation, a glimpse into the history of Sabine Hill via clothing of the era, and fun for the whole family. This event is sponsored by the Sabine Hill Social Society and Friends of Sycamore Shoals.
Tours for these two weekends will be conducted at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm on Saturdays and 1 pm and 3 pm on Sundays and are by reservation only by logging onto http://www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals and choosing “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu. Tours meet at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. Additional opportunities to tour Sabine Hill will be announced at a later date.
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Tennessee Historical Commission
1651 W. Elk Avenue 2941 Lebanon Pike
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643 Nashville, Tennessee 37214
423-543-5808 for additional information