History at Home – July 15 – 31

 

Seasonal Interpreter Programs: July 15th – July 31st

 

            ***In keeping with CDC guidelines to prevent Covid-19, 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***

Carter Mansion and Sabine Hill Home Tour: Our beautiful historic homes have a TOUR FEE. Adults – $8.00; Children (7-17) – $4.00; Children (0-6) – FREE

***Historic homes are located off-site from the park grounds. See website for addresses***

Register here:  https://tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

 

Wednesday, July 15th

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.

10:30 a.m.       “Basic & Advanced Firestarting” 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. Class 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 small pine forest.

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.

Thursday, July 16th  

10:30 a.m.       “Making Rivercane Arrows” – How did the Cherokee make arrows for hunting and warfare? Join Taylor Moorefield and see it done first-hand! Meet in the fort and we will walk down to the long-hunter camp as a group for the program. Duration: 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.        “A Life in Linen” – How was linen made? What did early settlers use for dye? Join Laura Ellis inside the fort as she answers questions like these and explains the importance of flax and linen on the frontier, as well as get an idea of fabric dyeing in the late 1700s. Duration: 30 minutes.

Friday, July 17th

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 coffee, how it made its way to the New World, and how the settlers of our area would have prepared and enjoyed this drink during the Revolutionary War period. All ages welcome. Meet in the fort. 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.

3:00 p.m.        “Fort Watauga Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a detailed walk through the fort. She will explain the earliest history of the land, the families who raised the walls, and the siege between the Native Americans and settlers here in the area. Laura will also go into the culture that surrounded the fort walls. If interested, please meet her outside the fort’s main gate, located right behind the visitor’s center. Duration: 30 minutes.

Saturday, July 18th

10:30 a.m.      “Useful Plants of Appalachia” – Join Taylor Moorefield on an easy hike through our walking trails along the beautiful Watauga River. On the hike we will identify and discuss 20+ 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. Rain or shine. Bring water and comfortable walking shoes, and dress for the weather. 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.        “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. Laura Ellis will be demonstrating the varieties of primitive and Paleolithic fire-starting methods practiced on the frontier. Duration: 30 minutes.

Sunday, July 19th

1:00 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.

Wednesday, July 22nd

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. Duration: 30 minutes.

11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Chad Bogart 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.

Thursday, July 23rd  

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 Chad Bogart 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, July 24th 

11:30 a.m.       Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Chad Bogart 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.

6:30 p.m.      “Campfire Stories” – Join Taylor Moorefield and Laura Ellis in a night of historic stories, laughs and spooky tales! We’ll have a campfire and benches to sit on, or you can bring your own chair if you prefer. Due to COVID19, we cannot serve marshmallows or S’mores, so eat before you come! Meet at the Longhunter Camp directly below and to the left of Fort Watauga on the park grounds – look for the campfire. Bring an umbrella or raincoat in the case of light rain – program will be rescheduled in the event of heavy rain or storms. All ages welcome.

Saturday, July 25th

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. All ages welcome.

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, July 26th

1:00 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 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.

Tuesday, July 28th

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. Duration: 1 hour.

2:00 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 trail’s butterfly garden, under the field’s large poplar tree, if interested. Catching equipment will be provided and individuals should prepare to get wet. Children Welcome! Duration: 1 hour.

Wednesday, July 29th

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. Duration: 1 hour.

2:00 p.m.        “Fort Watauga Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a detailed walk through the fort. She will explain the earliest history of the land, the families who raised the walls, and the siege between the Native Americans and settlers here in the area. Laura will also go into the culture that surrounded the fort walls. If interested, please meet her outside the fort’s main gate, located right behind the visitor’s center. Duration: 30 minutes.

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.

Thursday, July 30th

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. 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.        “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.

Friday, July 31st

10:30 a.m.      “Useful Plants of Appalachia” – Join Taylor Moorefield on an easy hike through our walking trails along the beautiful Watauga River. On the hike we will identify and discuss 20+ 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. Rain or shine. Bring water and comfortable walking shoes, and dress for the weather. Duration: 45 minutes to 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.

 

 

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 am–4 pm -Mon.- Sat. (Closed: Lunch &Cleaning 11:30 am -1:30 pm)

1 pm – 4:30 pm Sun.

 

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.

Park grounds open from dawn until dusk.

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park –

1651 W. Elk Avenue-

Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808

 

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