Ranger Programs: July 8th – July 20th

 

Seasonal Interpretive Rangers – Stuart Shelton and Jessica Newell

 

Saturday, July 8th

 9:30 am – 11:30 am: Life in the Fort– Join Jessica and Stuart 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.

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, July 9th

9:30 am to 11:30 am: The 18th Century Tavern- Join Jessica at the tavern inside the fort for a look at travel accommodations and social activities of the Watauga settlers.

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, July 11th

10:30 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: Games and Diversions- Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga and try your hand at 18th century children’s games, fun for all ages.

 

Wednesday, July 12th  

10:30 am – 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: 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.

 

Thursday, July 13th

 10:30 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.

3:30 pm: Smoothbore Flintlock Musket and Percussion Cap Rifled Musket Comparison- Join Stuart inside the fort to see the advantages and disadvantages of the smoothbore musket of the American Revolution and the rifled musket of the American Civil War.

 

Friday, July 14th

10:30 am: Lifestyles of Whites and Cherokee Indians- Come see how the Cherokee Indians and white settlers survived in the frontier wilderness. SIR Stuart Shelton will share how these two groups used the local animals for food and clothing. Also, the plants grown by both groups will be shown. The ways members of both groups armed themselves for war and hunting will also be revealed. Lastly, the impact of the Cherokees and whites interacting with each other will be shared. Please meet outside the fort, near the open 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: 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.

 

Saturday, July 15th

9:30 am – 11:30 am: Natural Cloth Dyeing- Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to see how clothing was dyed in the 18th century using natural materials found in the surrounding landscape and around the world.

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 Stuart 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.

 

Sunday, July 16th

10:30 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: Flint and Steel Fire-making Demonstration- Join Stuart in the fort for a demonstration of 18th century flint and steel fire starting.

 

Tuesday, July 18th

10:30 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: 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.

 

Wednesday, July 19th

10:00 am – 11:30 am: Games and Diversions- Join Jessica and Stuart inside Fort Watauga and try your hand at 18th century children’s games, fun for all ages.

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 Stuart 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.

 

Thursday, July 20th

10:30 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 Stuart inside 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

 

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.

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For more information contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

 

(423) 543-5808

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

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http://www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals