February 2020- Special Events and Workshops

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps

The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps, a component of the Washington County Militia, performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. If you would like to join the Corps, musical experience is welcome but not necessary, just come with a willingness to learn how to interpret history through music. Please contact the park for further information.


Workshop: Quill Pens, Writing, & Letter Posting in the Early 19th Century

Hosted by the Sabine Hill Social Society

Instructor: Chad Bogart

Saturday, February 1

Morning Session 10:00 am, Afternoon Session 1:00 pm

Cost: $10.00

Max: 10 per session

Handwritten letters are almost a thing of the past. Join Museum Curator Chad Bogart and learn more about this nearly forgotten art form. See how to fashion feathers into writing instruments, learn about the different types of ink and paper used in early America, and discover how posting a letter in the early 19th century was much different than today.

Register and pre-pay by calling the park at 423-543-5808.

*** Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult as we will be using sharp tools. The accompanying adult is not required to pay the class fee. Not recommended for children under 10 years of age ***


Raised Bed Gardening  with Ben Hunter          

Saturday, February 1                                                               

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


Workshop: Zipper Magic

Instructor:   Donna Horowitz

Wednesday, February 5

12:30 – 3:30 pm

Cost: $25.00

Min: 2     Max:   5

Ages 16 and up

Description: take the fear out of sewing zippers! Student will learn to sew 3 types of zipper application: centered, lapped and invisible in this hands on workshop.

Student needs to bring: sewing machine with power cords, pedal, regular and zipper foot, scissors & pins. Instructor will provide the needed supplies & handouts.

Register and prepay by calling the park at 423-543-5808


Sabine Hill Guided Tour      

Wednesday, February 5

1:00 pm

Wednesday, February 19

1:00 pm

Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $4.00; 6 and under free

Tax included

Max: 20

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

Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu

Join Museum Curatorial Assistant Chad Bogart 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.


Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program

Sunday, February 9

1:30 pm

This monthly meeting is open to all!  Each month a unique program is planned that ranges from talks, to demos, to hands on projects. Today’s meeting will include each of the board members of the league highlighting their art.


Carter Mansion Tour

Wednesday, February 12

1:00 pm

Wednesday, February 26

1:00 pm

Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $4.00; 6 and under free

Tax included

Max: 20

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

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.

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.


Colonial Valentine

Friday, February 14

1:00 pm

Cost: $6.00 – tax included

Limit: 12

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

St. Valentine’s Day in Colonial America wasn’t filled with boxed chocolates and long stem roses. Join Museum Curatorial Assistant Chad Bogart to take a closer look at some unique 18th century Valentine’s Day traditions and superstitions. Also, learn how to make three different colonial era valentine gifts for your sweetheart; a puzzle purse, a heart-in-hand, and a basket weave heart.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


An Early 19th Century Formal Sweetheart Tea

Sunday, February 16

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Cost:  $15.00 per person

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.


Workshop: Late 18th – mid 19th Century Women’s Reticule

Instructor: Donna Horowitz

Wednesday, February 19

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost:   $35.00

Min: 2     Max: 8

This sewing class will teach the techniques needed to make 3 separate styles of lined reticules in this hands on workshop. Course covers, self-made piping, double ruffles & basic sewing. Course is designed for machine sewing but hand sewing is welcomed. Instructor provides: Pattern, fabric, sewing tools, iron & board. Bring your sewing machine, pins, and scissors.

Audition for Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

2 pm

Saturday, February 29, 2020

2 pm

Passionate about our heritage? 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 here at Sycamore Shoals, the last three weekends of July.


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, February 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 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