July 6 – 31 – History at Home

Summer Programs

with Slade Nakoff and Matthew Simerly

Carter Mansion Tour

July 1, 3, 7, 9, 15, 17, 21, 23, 31                                                                    1:00 pm

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free                    

Tax included                                                                                                   Max:  12

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

Join Seasonal Interpreter Slade Nakoff 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.

Sabine Hill Guided Tour      

July 2, 8, 10, 14, 16, 22                                                                                  1:00 pm

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free

Tax included                                                                                                   Max:  12

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

Join Seasonal Interpreter Matthew Simerly 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.

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.  

Wednesday July 6th

10:30 a.m.A Chat with a Continental Soldier” –Matthew Simerly will explain the equipment of the common soldier, their daily duty, and experiences. From the clothes they wore to the food they ate, see what the men faced as they fought for our independence. Duration: 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m.Fire starting” –Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates various ways of building fires as well as common practices during the 18th century. This event will be held inside fort Watauga Duration: 30 minutes.

Thursday July 7th

Slade Nakoff – Seasonal Interpreter

10:30 a.m.The Everyday Apprentice” –The road of an apprentice during the 18th century was a hard one. Slade Nakoff will be describing the everyday life of an apprentice and their trials and tribulations. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m. For the Common Defenses” The Militia played a key part for both sides during the Revolutionary War, from the Minute Men of Lexington and Concord to the Overmountain Men at King’s Mountain. But what was the militia and who was in it? Join Matthew Simerly as he explains what the militia was, where it came from, and how they helped gain our independence. 

Friday July 8th

10:30 a.m.An English settler on the frontier” –Join Matthew Simerly as he gives a first-person interpretation of Edward Little. He’ll tell about his early life in England, why his family moved to Virginia and how he feels about the 13 colony’s ongoing war for independence.

2:00 p.m. Quillwork” –Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates the process of quillwork, a predecessor to beadwork achieved with porcupine quills. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 30 minutes.

Saturday July 9th

10:30 a.m. Firearms of the 18th century” –Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates how firearms of the 18th century function and describes their construction. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 20 minutes.

2:00 p.m.Moving to the Frontier” It was not easy moving into the Watauga Valley and leaving behind the established towns and communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Join Matthew Simerly as he explains why people came here and what they did to set up their new lives past the frontier line.

Matthew Simerly, Seasonal Interpreter

Sunday July 10th

10:30 a.m. “Our Daily Bread” Join Matthew Simerly as he shares common bread recipes from the 1700s and how you can to make them at home. This program is great if you are looking for new recipes to do in the kitchen or are just interested in less talked about parts of history.   

2:00 p.m. Buckskin Breeches” –Buckskin short pants or “Knee breeches” were the blue jeans of the 18th century. Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates the construction of such a garment while outlining the deerskin trade along the frontier. This event will be held inside fort Watauga. Duration: 30 minutes.

Wednesday July 13th

10:30 a.m.Quillwork” –Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates the process of quillwork, a predecessor to beadwork achieved with porcupine quills. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m.How to Start a Fire with Flint and Steel” –Join Matthew Simerly in the fort as he teaches you how to build and start a fire with flint and steel just like the frontier settlers. Learn how make your fire-starting kit, a useful skill for hikers, campers, and any outdoors loving person. Duration: 30 minutes.

Thursday July 14th

10:30 a.m. Dress to Impress, 1770s style” –Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man” and in the 1770s it was especially true. Head up to the visitor’s center and listen to Matthew Simerly as he discusses the fashion of the time and the function of those clothes. You’ll learn how social standing, ethnic background and geographical region shaped how people dressed in the time of the American Revolution. Duration: 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m.The Trials of Textiles” –The job which textiles played during the 18th century was immense. Join Slade Nakoff as he discusses the processing of animal and plant fibers into finished goods as well as their impact on frontier life. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 20 minutes.

Friday July 15th

10:30 a.m.Buckskin Breeches” –Buckskin short pants or “Knee breeches” were the blue jeans of the 18th century. Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates the construction of such a garment while outlining the deerskin trade along the frontier. This event will be held inside fort Watauga. Duration: 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m.Kids Militia” –Calling all kids! Report to Fort Watauga for training under the command of Matthew Simerly. Kids will learn about the Militia’s role in the American Revolution by experiencing the basic drill and the equipment they used. This program allows kids to connect with their history in a fun and hands on way. Ideal for kids 6 to 12. Duration: 30 minutes.

Saturday July 16th

10:30 a.m.For the Common Defenses” The Militia played a key part for both side during the Revolutionary War, from the Minute Men of Lexington and Concord to the Overmountain Men at King’s Mountain. But what was the militia and who was in it? Join Matthew Simerly as he explains what the militia was, where it came from, and how they helped gain our independence.        

2:00 p.m.Firearms of the 18th century” –Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates how firearms of the 18th century function and describes their construction. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 20 minutes.

Sunday July 17th

10:30 a.m. “Bread from the Fire” –Bread during the 18th century, as well as today, was a necessary component of daily life. Come inside the fort and meet Slade Nakoff at the earthen oven as he describes the daily work of a baker during the 18th century. *Guests are prohibited from consuming this program’s food at this time, so please eat beforehand* Duration: 25 minutes.

2:00 p.m. A Chat with a Continental Soldier” –Today Matthew Simerly will explain the equipment of the common soldier, their daily duty, and experiences. From the clothes they wore to the food they ate, see what the men faced as they fought for our independence. Duration: 30 minutes.

Wednesday July 20th

10:30 a.m. “Life on the frontier” Join Matthew Simerly as he gives a first-person interpretation of John Campbell, a settler of the Watauga Valley from North Carolina. Come and listen as he tells about settling in the frontier and building a new life in the wilderness away from the pressure of the british crown.      

2:00 p.m. “The Composition of Form” –Art throughout time has been produced in a plethora of mediums. Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates artistic practices common to the 18th century. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 20 minutes.

Thursday July 21st

10:30 a.m. “Working Leather” –Join Slade Nakoff as he discusses the leatherworking trade during the 18th century while demonstrating common methods and techniques of the time period. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 30 minutes

2:00 p.m. “Our Daily Bread” Join Matthew Simerly as he shares common bread recipes from the 1700s and how you can to make them at home. This program is great if you are looking for new recipes to do in the kitchen or are just interested in less talked about parts of history.

Friday July 22nd

10:30 a.m.For the Common Defenses” The Militia played a key part for both sides during the Revolutionary War, from the Minute Men of Lexington and Concord to the Overmountain Men at King’s Mountain. But what was the militia and who was in it? Join Matthew Simerly as he explains what the militia was, where it came from, and how they helped gain our independence.

2:00 p.m. “The Tailors Apprentice” –Join Slade Nakoff as he discusses the tailors trade during the 18th century and its implications on frontier life while demonstrating methods common during the period. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 20 minutes.

Saturday July 23rd

10:30 a.m. “Scrimshaw, what is that?” –Join Slade Nakoff as he discusses the art of scrimshaw and its history as well as demonstrating different techniques and methods. Meet in front of the fort. Duration: 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m.How to Start a Fire with Flint and Steel” –Join Matthew Simerly in the fort as he teaches you how to build and start a fire with flint and steel just like the frontier settlers. Learn how make your fire-starting kit, a useful skill for hikers, campers, and any outdoors loving person. Duration: 30 minutes.

Sunday July 31st

10:30 a.m. “Buckskin Breeches” –Buckskin short pants or “Knee breeches” were the blue jeans of the 18th century. Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates the construction of such a garment while outlining the deerskin trade along the frontier. This event will be held inside fort Watauga. Duration: 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m.A Chat with a Continental Soldier” –Today Matthew Simerly will explain the equipment of the common soldier, their daily duty, and experiences. From the clothes they wore to the food they ate, see what the men faced as they fought for our independence. Duration: 30 minutes.

Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday     (closed for lunch 11 am – Noon)       

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 weather, contact the park about program cancellations and park office closings.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808

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