Independence on the Frontier


 

Saturday and Sunday, June 30th & July 1st

 

Step back in time 242 years to a colorful revolutionary world and witness life as it was on the 18th century frontier during a very tumultuous time. In the summer of 1776 colonial leaders met in Philadelphia to draft a document that would forever change the world. As our guest to Fort Watauga, you too can be part of the excitement as news of American Independence reaches the colonial frontier. What did the colonists think about a new nation? Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.

The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, host living history organization at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, will be encamped in and around Fort Watauga giving visitors a glimpse of life in 1776. A myriad of activities will unfold throughout the weekend such as militia drill and training, artillery firing demonstrations, open hearth cooking, tomahawk throwing and a special reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Get an early start on your Independence celebrations and bring the entire family out for a weekend full of history, patriotism, education, and family fun. The event will run from 10:00 until 4:00 on Saturday, June 30th and 10:00 until 3:00 on Sunday, July 1st. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643.

For more information about Sycamore Shoals please contact the park at

423-543-5808

Independence on the Frontier: Schedule of Events

 Saturday, June 30th

10:00 – Raising the Colours: Start the day off with a bang as the militia falls in for inspection and raises the flag with a patriotic ceremony.

11:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the fort’s cannon.

12:00 – Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War.

1:00 – Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Join in the excitement as the document declaring our freedom from Great Britain is read publicly inside Fort Watauga.

2:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the Fort’s Cannon.

3:00 – Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War.

3:30 – Militia Drill & Retiring the Colours – The Washington County Militia demonstrates the tactics and firearms used during the Revolutionary War, and then retire the flag for the day.

4:00 – Camps Close to the Public: Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of 18th century living history. 

Sunday, July 1st     

10:00 – Raising the Colours: Start the day off with a bang as the militia falls in for inspection and raises the flag with a patriotic ceremony.

11:00 – Worship Service: Join us for Sunday Service held inside Fort Watauga.

12:00 – Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War.

1:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the fort’s cannon.

2:00 –  Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Join in the excitement as the document declaring our freedom from Great Britain is read publicly inside Fort Watauga.

3:00 – Militia Drill & Retiring the Colours: The Washington County Militia demonstrates the tactics and firearms used during the Revolutionary War, then lowers the flag for the day.

 

Ongoing Activities Throughout the Weekend Will Include…

Open Hearth Cooking, 18th Century Weaponry, Medicinal Herbs and Plants, Militia and

Frontier Camps, Colonial Era Music, Colonial Games, and Much More!!!

 

 

 

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