August 2019 Special Events and Programs

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


History at Home!

Wednesday – Sunday in August

Join Seasonal Interpretative Rangers (SIRs) Ian Anderson and Laura Ellis for daily tours of the park operated historic homes, Carter Mansion and Sabine Hill! Be sure to join our SIRs for other daily interpretive programs ranging from 18th century cooking to nature hikes. Come out for some fun for the whole family! Please call for weekly schedules or check them out at – choose Monthly Interpretive Programs/History at Home


Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps

1st and 3rd Saturdays

10am – Noon

The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. Musical experience is welcome but not necessary, just come with a willingness to learn.


Fall Gardening                                                                                  

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday, August 3

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.


16th Annual Elizabethton Butterfly Count

Leader:  Don Holt

Saturday, August 3

9 am

Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this day-long wined adventure. (You can come for all or part of the day)

Please bring binoculars if you have them. Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association and Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled)


Hambone 101

Saturday, August 3

2 pm

Cost: $5

Max: 10

Ever find yourself without an instrument but really needing to play along? Ready to take your rhythmic repertoire to a whole new level? Join Ranger Hayslett at the historic Carter Mansion for a how-to clinic on Hambone or rhythmic percussion by slapping yourself! Long pants are recommended and you can only slap yourself. The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643


NE TN Water Media Innovations Art Show

August 4 – August 25 – during regular park hours

Reception and Demonstration:

Saturday, August 10th

Water Media Demonstration

10 am – 1 pm


2 pm – 4 pm

This new art event is sponsored by the Watauga Valley Art League and focuses on watercolor and other water media on paper. Entries are open to members of the TN Watercolor Art League. For information please contact Barbara Jernigan –


Ranger Led Bike Ride

Thursday, August 15

9:00 am – approx. 10:00 am

Cost: $5

Max: 10

Pre-registration required –

Registration cut-off date is Wednesday, August 14

Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu

Join Ranger Davis for a ranger led bike ride up the Tweetsie Trail to the Elizabethton Covered Bridge, then back to the park via the Elizabethton Linear Trail. Total loop will be about 6 miles and take approximately one hour depending on the average ability level of the attending participants.  Portions of the route will not be suitable for pull behind child carriers.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own water.  Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather.


Putting in the Park

Friday, August 16

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Cost: $5

Max: 5

Pre-registration required –

Registration cut-off date is Thursday, August 15

Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu

What is disc golf? Join Ranger Davis in a unique setting around Fort Watauga for an introduction to disc golf! Learn basic techniques for putt and approach, mid-range, and driving, with a “hands on” opportunity using discs that will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own water.


Period Games with the Sabine Hill Social Society                                                 

Sunday, August 18

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: Free   Meet us at the park Visitors Center for an afternoon of games from the late 18th/early 19th century.


Cemetery Symbolism and Gravestone Rubbings

Friday, August 23

7:00 PM

Cost: $10

Max: 10

Pre-registration required – 

Have you ever wondered what the artwork and symbols on old gravestones meant? Join Museum Curatorial Assistant Chad Bogart and spend an evening in the burial ground at the historic Carter Mansion. Learn how to translate the language of cemetery symbolism and how these images tell the stories of the deceased. Also, learn how to make gravestone rubbings, a safe and non-invasive way to capture the hard-to-see words and images on old tombstones. Program will begin at the Carter Mansion Visitor Center and proceed to the cemetery. Program length 90 minutes

The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643


Frontier Fiddlin’

Wednesday, August 28

1:00 PM

Cost: $5

Max: 12

Pre-registration required –

East Tennessee has been home to a rich history of traditional fiddle musics for centuries. Ranging from the styles of Native Americans to Germanic Immigrants, this region of Appalachia was a melting pot for musical interchange. Join Ranger Hayslett in the historic home Sabine Hill for a journey back in time to hear archaic musics played on archaic instruments.

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


Old Time Music Jam

Leader:  Art Lang

Sunday, August 25

1:30 – 4 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!



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Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.

Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.