August 2017 Special Events and Workshops


Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps


10:00 am – 12 pm

The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. This group is open to anyone ages 13 & up. Musical experience is welcome but not necessary; just come with a willingness to learn. Meet at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!


History at Home Summer Ranger Programs                                                                

June – August

A creative mix of historical & natural programs presented throughout the summer by our Seasonal Interpretive Rangers Jessica Newell and Stuart Shelton. These programs are great for the whole family to enjoy! Please call for weekly schedules.


14th Annual Elizabethton Butterfly Count

Saturday, August 5

9:00 am

Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this day-long winged adventure across town. Come for all or part of the day. Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association & Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. (Rain Date to be announced).


Fall Gardening                                                                                        

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday, August 5

9 am – noon

Cost: No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session

It’s not too early to be planning & building your spring garden. Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.


Newell Hendershot exhibit – Wall show

Sunday, August 6 – Thursday, August 31

Opening Reception: Sunday August 6th

1:30 pm – 4:00pm

Fun exhibit of miniature masterpieces, size 6” by 6” or smaller.


The Liberty Spinners

Tuesday, August 8

9:30 am – 11:30 am

This gathering of spinners and fiber artists is open to anyone interested in the art of spinning. Join us at 9:30 am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (April to November).


Learn to Play the Pennywhistle                             

Instructor: Martha Egan

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017

1:30 pm – 3 pm

Cost: $25(includes Clarke or Walton pennywhistle in Key of D, book, and CD)

$15 if you bring your own instrument

Min: 1   Max: 12

Popular in the British Isles in the 1800’s, this class includes the fundamentals of holding and sounding your pennywhistle, learning the first notes, and playing a song—or come and advance the skills you already possess. Music and other supplemental materials provided.


Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program

Sunday, August 13

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Everyone is welcome to join the Watauga Valley Art League for their monthly meetings that feature a guest speakers and fellowship with area artists. WVAL meets the 2nd Sunday of each month, except October.


Know Your Sewing Machine      

Instructor: Donna Horowitz

Sunday, August 20

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost:     $25.00

Min:      1              Max: 6

Have a sewing machine but don’t know how to use it? This class will teach you basic machine operations (Embroidery machines and sergers are not included). Please bring – Sewing machine, sewing machine manual and accessories , small scissors. Instructor brings fabric & thread.


Basketry – Candy Jar Basket

Instructor: Candy Alexander                                  

Saturday, August 26

9 am – 4 pm

Cost:  $25.00

Min:    4            Max: 10

Learn how to weave over a jar, making a beautiful and functional piece! It has a wood base and a wood lid.  Choice of colors offered.  Dimensions: approx. 4″w x 6″h. .  Bring garden or kitchen shears, an old hand towel, pencil,  small measuring tape, small spray bottle of water, and strong clothespins.



Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, August 27

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 and instrument? Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!


Traditional Arts Workshops

To join one or more classes, you must register in advance by

calling 423-543-5808 and pre-pay.


If you would like to receive updated information throughout the year, please send your email address to 

Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Closed Mondays


Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays

Park Grounds are Open from Dawn to Dusk


For more information contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808