History at Home – August 1 – 16

Seasonal Interpreter Programs: Aug. 1st – Aug. 16th

***In keeping with CDC guidelines to prevent Covid-19, we can host programs for groups of 10 or less, therefore, all guests MUST register in advance for the listed programs. We encourage attendees to bring masks and keep 6 feet apart from other guests. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation***

Registration required: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals or by calling 423-543-5808.

Sabine Hill and Carter Mansion Guided Tours – $8.00/Adults; $4.00/ Ages 7 – 17/ 6 and under Free

All other programs are Free, but do require pre- registration

Saturday, August 1st

10:30 a.m.       “Music on the Frontier” – Join Taylor Moorefield and hear history come alive through song! Taylor will play songs and tunes from the 18th century and discuss the ways the settlers made music, and the important role it played in their daily lives. Meet in the visitor center. Duration: 30 minutes.

11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.

2:00 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour. 

Sunday, August 2nd

1:30 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.

3:00 pm.       “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Duration: 1 hour.

Wednesday, August 5th

10:30 a.m.       “Basic & Advanced Fire starting”-  Join Taylor Moorefield in a thorough approach to building fires for campouts or hiking adventures. Safety, fire structures, gathering tinder and kindling, making fire in rain or snow, natural fire starters from bark and tree sap, fire by friction, flint & steel, plus modern methods with lighters, ferro rods, batteries, trioxane, and more. Topics and difficulty level will be based on experience level of attendees. All ages welcome! Meet at the Longhunter Camp, directly below and to the left of Fort Watauga in the pine forest. Duration: 1 hour.

11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.

2:00 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.

2:30 p.m.         “Food Through Time” – Laura Ellis will be inside Fort Watauga’s second cabin stirring up some history- food history, that is! You are invited to join her inside the second cabin as she tells of how food was prepared and preserved in the 18th Century, and the cultures that influenced today’s culinary favorites. Please come and fill your brain! *Guests are prohibited from consuming this program’s food, so please eat beforehand* Duration: 30 minutes. 

Thursday, August 6th

10:30 a.m.       “Colonial Men’s Etiquette” Join Taylor Moorefield in the visitor center for a fun and fascinating look at how men were expected to behave in the 1800s. From high society manners to fashion, to Native American culture and trends, we will explore all manner of etiquette from the colonists and natives. Duration: 30-45 minutes.

11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.

2:00 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.

3:00 p.m.         “Women on the Frontier” – Sit down and learn all about the daily lifestyle of young ladies, upper-class women, and the working housewife in 18th Century South. Laura Ellis will hold casual discussions on what women wore, etiquette, and daily chores that were done in order to keep the home in order. This event will be held in the second cabin inside the fort. *Due to CDC guidelines, this program is limited to 5 people.* Duration: 30 minutes. 

Friday, August 7th

10:30 a.m.       “18th Century Coffee!”  –  Coffee, anyone? This amazing drink of the modern world has a long and fascinating history! Learn about the origins of and how the settlers of our area would have prepared and enjoyed this drink during the Revolutionary War period. All ages welcome. Meet at Fort Watauga, located behind the visitor center. Duration: 30 minutes.

11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.

2:00 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.

2:30 p.m.         Creek Crawl” – Laura Ellis will be hosting a “critter hunt” along the trail. Tennessee’s waterways are prime area for animals large and small to build their homes and hideouts. The mission is to those creatures and the benefits they bring to the region. Please meet Laura at the butterfly garden if interested. Catching equipment will be provided and individuals should prepare to get wet. Children Welcome! Duration: 1 hour.

Saturday, August 8th

10:30 a.m.       “Useful Plants of Appalachia” – Join Taylor Moorefield on an easy hike through our trails along the beautiful Watauga River. On the hike we will identify and discuss many plants, trees and flowers along the trail, and any edible and/or medicinal uses they offer. Traditional uses by Cherokee and settlers will also be discussed. Plant lovers, history enthusiasts, and self-sufficiency buffs alike will enjoy this program! All ages welcome. Bring water and dress for the weather. Meet at Fort Watauga, located directly behind the visitor center. Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour.

11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.

2:00 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.

3:00 p.m.         “Let the Colonial Games Begin!” – In the 18th Century, kids would invent many different games to pass their time. Laura Ellis will be bringing those games to the 21st Century in the field by the butterfly garden, so bring your children, set up a picnic, and enjoy the day watching or participating in colonial games! Duration: 1 hour. 

Sunday, August 9th

1:30 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.

3:00 pm.       “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Duration: 1 hour. 

Wednesday, August 12th

10:30 a.m.       “Fifes and Drums – War Music of the Revolution” Learn all about the Fife and Drum corps of the Revolutionary War – a vital part of most battles during the time period. You will get to see authentic reproductions of rope-tension snare drums, fifes and bass drums. Join Taylor Moorefield in the visitor center. All ages welcome!

11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.

2:00 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.

3:00 p.m.         “Frontier Fire-Starting” – Before settlers arrived, the native Cherokee had their own ways of creating fire for survival. With early European influence, other means of fire-making crossed the sea to the New World. Taylor Moorefield and Laura Ellis will be demonstrating the varieties of primitive and paleolithic fire-starting methods practiced on the frontier. Duration: 30 minutes. 

Thursday, August 13th

10:30 a.m.        “Do Not Forget Your Knots!” – Taylor Moorefield will demonstrate and discuss several useful knots for camping, shelter building and utility uses. You will get a chance to learn and practice these knots if you choose. Meet in the visitor center lobby, and we will walk outside as a group, weather permitting. Otherwise the program will be in the visitor center. Ages 10 and up.

11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.

2:00 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour. 

Friday, August 14th

10:30 a.m.       “Flintlock Demo” Take a closer look at the flintlock rifle and musket – the standard hunting tools and weapons of war from the Revolutionary War period! Learn all about the history of this significant weapon, the different types of firearms from the period, and see one fire in real life. Meet in Fort Watauga, located behind the visitor center. All ages welcome.

11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour. 

 2:00 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.

Saturday, August 15th

10:30 a.m.       “How To Pack For An Adventure” – Come learn basic and advanced backpacking tips, often forgotten items, things you don’t need, and how to ensure you’re ready for your adventure into the woods – whether it’s for a day or a week! We’ll cover minimalist approaches all the way up to your own luxurious vacation in nature. All ages welcome. Meet at the visitor center lobby. Duration: 45 minutes-1 hour. 

 11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.

2:00 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.

3:00 p.m.         “Colonial Letter-Writing” In today’s world of media, the traditional act of letter writing is increasingly less practiced. Laura Ellis will demonstrate the art behind the main source of communication on the frontier, including formal etiquette, wax stamping, and the varieties of message sending during the Revolutionary War. Please meet inside the visitor’s center gathering place. Duration: 30 minutes.

Sunday, August 16th

1:30 p.m.         “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.

3:00 pm.       “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while exploring their restored home. Duration: 1 hour.

 

Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Monday – Saturday

(Closed for Lunch & Cleaning 11:30 am -1:30 pm)

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Sunday

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays. Park grounds 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

423-543-5808