Monthly Archives: November 2017

New Sabine Hill Tours added in December



On Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 pm and Saturday, December 16 at 10 am we will be offering tours of historic Sabine Hill recently dedicated November 1st of this year. These tours are by reservation only; information on registration can be found at the end of this page.

Built by the widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor, Mary Patton Taylor, this beautiful surviving example of Federal architecture is a must see.  Restored by the Tennessee Historical Commission and operated by Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, the house has been returned to its 1818 splendor. During your tour you will have the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century.


To Register:

Please visit:

Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu and search for the date and time of the tour, click on the box of your choice and you will be taken to the registration page.

Adults – $7.00; Ages 7 to 17 – $3.00; 6 and under free

Meet at:

Sabine Hill State Historic Site 2328 West G. Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

*Please note* there are no restroom facilities on site at Sabine Hill. Plan accordingly before your arrival



For more information contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808

Christmas at the Carter Mansion

Friday and Saturday, December 1 & 2 from 6 to 9 pm

The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion

1031 Broad Street      Elizabethton, Tennessee


Tours by Registration only – A new tour starts every 20 minutes

beginning at 6 pm; last tour at 8:40 pm 


Adults – $7.00

Ages 7 to 17 – $3.00

Ages 6 and under – Free

Online Registration at:

Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu to choose the date and time of the tour you would like to register for.


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 a 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


Holiday Felted Ornament Class

Saturday, November 11 from 1 pm until 2:30 pm


 As part of our annual Fall Fibers Show and Colonial Harvest Celebration we will be offering a new workshop on wool felting on Saturday, November 11 from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm taught by Nancy Davis. This fun, seasonal class is sure to be a hit!

The class includes instruction and all materials needed to complete one ornament with a registration fee of $12.00. This includes: pattern, instructions, wool blend felt, needle, stuffing, matching thread and buttons if needed. A variety of felt colors will be available for students to choose from. Students will choose a Snowman or Nativity ornament. If you do not finish your project during the class, you should leave with the skills and materials needed to complete your ornament. Students should have a basic knowledge of hand sewing. It would also be helpful to know how to do the buttonhole or blanket stitch. Please bring a pair of sharp scissors to cut the felt. Please register by calling Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808.

In addition to the class, the annual Fall Fibers Show will also include vendors selling handmade fiber oriented goods in addition to spinning and weaving demonstrations.

The Autumn Harvest Celebration presented by the Washington County Militia will take place in and around Fort Watauga. Activities throughout the weekend will include; a reading of colonial governor Richard Caswell’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, open hearth cooking, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, and many more aspects of daily life on the colonial American frontier.

The Fall Fibers Show and Autumn Harvest Celebration take place Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643. For additional information about this and other exciting events at the park please call 423-543-5808.

We look forward to seeing you at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, where you too can “Share in the glorious cause of Liberty”!