February 2019 Events and Workshops

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


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.


Ben Hunter – Raised Bed Gardening              

Saturday, February 2                                                            

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


Period Card Games with the Sabine Hill Social Society

Sunday, February 3

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us in the Gathering Place in the park Visitors Center for an afternoon

of early 19th century card games and family fun!


Workshop: Watermedia Painting Class with Instructor: Barbara Jernigan               

Saturday, February 9

9:00 am – Noon

Cost:  $12 (student brings supplies) or $20 (supplies provided)

Come and paint with watercolors and acrylics on paper! The possibilities are endless. You may paint a landscape, spring flowers, a mountain vista, or maybe even a selfie.  Photo references or tracings will be provided.  Paint your own composition or follow along with the instructor. Students with supplies may use watercolors, acrylics or fluid acrylics on paper.


Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program

Sunday, February 10

1:30 pm

Today’s program features Linda Campbell who will be speaking on “Editing and Submitting your Artwork for Judged Shows.”   You do not have to be a member to join us – everyone is welcome!  (Snow Date – March 17)


Carter Mansion Tour

Wednesday, February 13

11:00 am

Cost: $7.00 for adults. $3.00 ages 7 – 17

6 and under are free

Max: 20

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

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Join Ranger Davis 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. Tour will be given in 18th century period clothing. The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643


 An Early 19th Century Formal Sweetheart Tea

Sunday, February 17

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Cost:  $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple or friend

February is a month for sweethearts, so the Sabine Hill Social Society has planned a fun afternoon of refreshments and entertainment.  Our historically inspired event will have an early 19th century flavor in keeping with the history of Sabine Hill. You and your companions will dine on finger foods, appetizers, and pastries accompanied by coffee and a selection of hot tea. Space is limited so please make your reservations early by calling 423-543-5808.


Sabine Hill Tour

Wednesday, February 20

11:00 am

Cost: $7.00 for adults. $3.00 ages 7 – 17

6 and under free

Max: 16

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

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Join Ranger Hayslett for a tour of Tennessee’s most remarkable example of Federalist architecture. The home of the Taylor family, Sabine Hill is a unique and beautiful home that documents the period of East Tennessee in transition from frontier to sophistication. The historic Sabine Hill site is located at 2328 W G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643


Audition for Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals!

Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 pm OR Saturday, March 2 at 5:00 pm

Interested in performing in Tennessee’s official outdoor drama? Audition for this fun and unique interpretation of the American Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. This performance takes place at Sycamore Shoals, the last three weekends of July. Auditioning individuals are subject to background checks.


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, February 24

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 jennifer.bauer@tn.gov 


Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through 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.

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