History at Home – June 22 – July 7

 

Seasonal Interpretive Rangers Stuart Shelton & Jessica Newell

 

Thursday, June 22nd

11:30 am: Living in the Wilderness: the Long Hunter– Discover how an 18th century Long Hunter would live in the Appalachian frontier. Meet Stuart at the wooded area next to the fort gates. 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free. 

3:30 pm: Cemetery Symbolism– Ever wonder what the artwork on historic gravestones meant? Head out across the lawn after the tour of the Carter Mansion to translate the language of cemetery symbolism in the Carter, Thomas, and community plots.

 

Friday, June 23rd

10:30am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. See what a typical soldier would have carried in his haversack to withstand army life, and how he would load and fire his rifled musket. Meet in Fort Watauga. 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free. 

3:30 pm: Walking Tour of Fort Watauga: Join Jessica at the back doors of the Visitor Center for a short walking tour of Fort Watauga and hear about the significant events that occurred at Sycamore Shoals during the 18th century.

 

Saturday, June 24th  

10:00 am-12:00 pm: Park Clean-up- The Muster Grounds of Sycamore Shoals is where over 1,000 men gathered on September 25, 1780 to volunteer to protect the freedom of the people in what would later become the great State of Tennessee! Come and follow in that same volunteer spirit of our forefathers and help in a variety of chores including cleaning up Fort Watauga and the surrounding grounds, invasive plant removal, litter pick-up, and other manual labor tasks. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and gloves if you have them. We will provide gloves for those who do not have their own. Meet in the Visitor Center lobby.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Musket Firing Demonstration– Meet Stuart in the fort for a demonstration of the loading and firing of the Brown Bess musket.

 

Sunday, June 25th

10:30 am-1:00 pm: Life in the Fort– Join Jessica in the fort to discover the daily occupations of settlers taking refuge in Fort Watauga during the 1770s. 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Tuesday, June 27th

11:30 am: Lifestyles of Whites and Cherokee Indians– Come see how the Cherokee Indians and white settlers survived in the frontier wilderness. Stuart will share how these two groups used the local animals and plants for food and clothing, as well as customs and tools for war and hunting. This program will also share the impact of their interaction in this area during the 18th century. Meet at the fort’s main gate.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free. 

3:30 pm: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience- Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. See what a typical soldier would have carried in his haversack to withstand army life, and how he would load and fire his rifled musket. Meet in Fort Watauga.

 

Wednesday, June 28th

11:30 am: Weapons of the 17th Century– Witness how soldiers in the 1600s fought and what weapons they used on the battlefields of Europe. Meet Stuart outside the main gate of Fort Watauga.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free. 

 

Thursday, June 29th

11:30 am: the Colonial Laundress– Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to experience the subtle art of doing laundry in the 18th century. This essential task was performed by women both in the home and while following the military on campaign.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Rifle and Musket Comparison– Join Stuart inside the fort for a comparison of the two weapons which faced off during the American Revolution, the Brown Bess musket of the British Army and the American long rifle. Discover the differences between these weapons and their different uses on the battlefield.

 

Friday, June 30th 

11:30 am: Beliefs of the Cherokee– Gather to hear Cherokee myths and legends that have been passed down through time. Meet Stuart at the picnic area next to the Visitors Center.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free. 

3:30 pm: Working with the Earth– Discover how the 18th century gardener raised and used vegetables and herbs in the Carter Mansion kitchen garden, an essential part of everyday life.

 

Saturday, July 1st

10:00 am- 4:00 pm: Independence on the Frontier: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga– Experience the 4th of July, 18th century-style! What did colonists think about a new nation? Be a guest in Fort Watauga as news of Independence arrives to the colonial frontier. Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future. The Celebration will take place on Saturday; the muster will continue until 3 pm on Sunday.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Sunday, July 2nd

10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Independence on the Frontier: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga- Experience the 4th of July, 18th century-style! What did colonists think about a new nation? Be a guest in Fort Watauga as news of Independence arrives to the colonial frontier. Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

Please Note: There will not be a Carter Mansion tour on July 4th. Please join us July 5th at 2:00 pm.

 

Wednesday, July 5th

11:30 am: Wearing History– Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to explore 18th century modes of dress and how the Watauga settlers made and wore clothing on the frontier. 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Thursday, July 6th

 11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience– Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. See what a typical soldier would have carried in his haversack to withstand army life, and how he would load and fire his rifled musket. Meet in Fort Watauga. 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Fort Tour- meet at the back doors of the Visitors Center for an informative stroll through Fort Watauga and discover how settlers in the 1770s defended their homes and changed the course of the American Revolution.

 

Friday, July 7th

11:30 am: Musket Firing Demonstration– Meet Stuart in the fort for a demonstration of the loading and firing of the Brown Bess musket. 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Cemetery Symbolism– Ever wonder what the artwork on historic gravestones meant? Head out across the lawn after the Carter Mansion tour to translate the language of cemetery symbolism in the Carter, Thomas, and community plots.

 

The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton,TN 37643

 

Take a left out of the Park. Go to the 5th red light and bear left. Then go to the 4th red light (Food City will be on your right) then continue across the highway. The Carter Mansion is the 4th house on the left.