August 2022 Programs and Events

Carter Mansion Tour

August 4, 6, 12                                                                                                  1:00 pm

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

Tax included                                                                                                             Max:  12

Registration required –

Join Seasonal Interpreter Slade Nakoff for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780.

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. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.

Sabine Hill Guided Tour      

August 5, 7, 11                                                                                                  1:00 pm

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

Tax included                                                                                                            Max:  12

Registration required –

Join Seasonal Interpreter Matthew Simerly 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.

19th Annual Elizabethton Butterfly Count

Saturday, August 6                                                                                            9:00 am

Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this day-long winged adventure across town.  The morning is spent at Sycamore Shoals and the afternoon in other areas of Elizabethton.  Come for all or part of the day!  (there is a small fee if you with to have your name included on the official count list.)

Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association.  (Rain Date to be announced).

Fall Gardening with Ben Hunter

Saturday, August 6                                                                                            9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams! Each program meets in the park Gathering Place.

Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.

Tech in Nature

Wednesday, August 10                                                                                      1:00 pm

Admission – $6.00 (plus tax), 6 and under free                                                      Max:  20

Pre-Registration required –

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 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.

Full Moon Hike          

Thursday, August 11                                                                                         10:00 pm

Admission – $6.00 (plus tax), 6 and under free                                                     Max:  20

Pre-Registration required –

Our parks are closed from dusk till dawn, but this is a special occasion.  Join Ranger Cory Franklin, for a walk under the light of the full moon.  Learn about some of the monumental events that took place on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals State Park while enjoying the rare chance of seeing the park at night on the eve before the Militia Muster at Fort Watauga.

Program will be canceled if there is no pre-registration.

Watauga Valley Art League & Guest Speaker

Sunday, August 14                                                                                            1:30 pm

All are welcome to join our artists for their monthly meeting, highlighted by an art related presentation.  This month Laura Heath will be our guest speaker.  Laura is an undergrad student at East Tennessee State University majoring in Studio Art.

Cemetery Symbolism 

Friday, August 19                                                                                                     7:00 PM

Admission: $8.00: Tax included                                                                              Max: 15

Registration required – 

Have you ever wondered what the artwork and symbols on old gravestones meant? Join Museum Curator 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. Not recommended for small children. Program will begin in the Carter Mansion visitor center and proceed to the cemetery. The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

Duration: 90 minutes.

Fellowship English Country Dancing

Sunday, August 21                                                                                            1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome! The afternoon will include the opportunity to learn dances from different worldwide cultures.  No cost to attend. Open to anyone, with or without experience or a partner.  Meet in the Visitor Center.  Sponsored by the Sabine Hill Social Society.

Tunes of the Time

Wednesday, August 24                                                                                             1:00 pm

Admission: $6.00; Tax included                                                                              Max: 30

Registration required –

Life on the 18th century frontier could be harsh and unpredictable. Many early settlers turned to music as a source of joy and entertainment. Beat the afternoon heat and join our museum curator Chad Bogart in the “Gathering Place” of the park visitor center for a glimpse into the musical heritage of the colonial frontier. See how music was a part of the everyday lives of colonial Americans and how the melting pot of early America influenced the songs and tunes we still enjoy today.

Duration: 1 hour

Cherokee Heritage Day

Saturday, August 27                                                                                                10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $3.00; 6 and under free                    

Pre-Registration Not Required

Sycamore Shoals is forever linked with the rich traditions and influence of the Native Cherokee.  Join us for a day devoted to sharing Cherokee history and culture through traditional arts and historical presentations.  Activities include traditional Cherokee dance, music, language, cooking demonstrations, and skills such as basketmaking, finger weaving, beadwork, and woodcarving.  Contact the park for a detailed schedule.

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, August 28                                                                                            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!

History at Home

Registration required:

We invite you to join our Seasonal Interpreters, Slade Nakoff and Matthew Simerly for a summer of fun and educational programs! Programs include frontier skills, Junior Ranger Programs, and so much more!