April 2023 – Programs and Events

Sabine Hill Guided Tour      

Thursday, April 27                                                                                            1:00 pm

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free

Tax included                                                                                                            Max:  12

Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

Join Park staff for a guided tour of this stately home built by Mary Patton Taylor, widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor. The site has been described as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the State of Tennessee. During your tour you will have the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the influential Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century.

Sabine Hill is located at 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Please note, only portable toilet facilities are available at this time. Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.

Carter Mansion Celebration

Saturday, April 1                                                                                                   10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for a day of history, traditional arts and family fun as we celebrate the oldest frame house in Tennessee, and the historical prominent Carter family.  Travel back to the 1780’s and tour the Carter Mansion.  Witness living history reenactors demonstrating aspects of 18th century life and see local craftsman showcasing traditional skills.

1850s Trade Faire at the Carter Mansion

Saturday, April 15                                                                                                    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free Admission (Donations Appreciated)

Although built in the 1770s, Tennessee’s oldest frame house was a thriving farm and family home for nearly two centuries. Come spend the day at the Carter Mansion and visit with living history interpreters to learn about various trades, skills, and professions of the mid-19th century. Enjoy learning about occupations such as a lawyer, doctor, undertaker, and others. Also, learn about medicinal plant usage, tasks of 19th century housewives, midwifery, children’s games, and more.

The John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase.

Watauga Valley Art League Meeting

Sunday, April 16                                                                                              1:30 pm

All are welcome to join our area artists for their monthly meeting, highlighted by an art related presentation.

Tech in Nature                                                                                               

Friday, April 21                                                                                                1:00 pm

Admission – $5.00 (plus tax), 6 and under free                                                      Max:  20

Pre-Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

Today, most people are inseparable from their smart phones and mobile devices.  We want to embrace this cultural change and show you how you can better use technology on a day-to-day bases in nature.  Using tools such as GPS locating, plant identification, and other easily accessible resources and apps, we will show you how to enhance your experience rather than take away from it.  Join Ranger Cory Franklin on Earth Day for a walk around the park to better understand the tools you carry with you daily.  The program will meet and begin at the picnic area beside the visitor center.

 Annual Plant Auction / 2nd Spring Open House

Saturday, April 22                                                                                                 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Doors open at 8:15 am to view plants and register.  Auction begins at 9:00 am.

Join us for the Annual Plant Auction and 2nd Spring Open House here at the park.  Come bid on plants, flowers, and shrubs of all kinds.  Also take in a variety of outdoor organizations and groups that will be set up in the Visitor Center and outside the park.  Represented will be Master Gardeners, our very own in-house butterfly/bird expert, other neighboring State Parks and sites, and many more. So, plan on joining us for a fun-filled day of indoor and outdoor activities to kick off your Spring!  Sponsored by the UT Extension Service, E. Tenn. Nursery Assoc., and Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 23                                                                                                   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sabine Hill Social Society celebrates Earth Day with a fun day of outdoor activities.  We will be meeting outside at the park for an afternoon of shuttlecock, & 9 pins.  Look for us near the fort.  Period attire is preferred but not necessary.  Please bring your own refreshments, chair/ground cover.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled.

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, April 23                                                                                                   1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month.  Old time musicians of all levels are welcome.  Don’t play an instrument?  Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!

Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday             1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Our Visitor Center is closed on most State holidays.

Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.

In the event of extremely inclement winter weather, contact the park about program cancelations and park office closings.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park – 1651 W. Elk Avenue- Elizabethton, TN 37643


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