January 2018 Special Events and Workshops


“Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!”


Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps


10:00 am – 12 pm

The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. This group is open to anyone ages 13 & up.  Musical experience is welcome but not necessary; just come with a willingness to learn.  Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!


“First Footing” At the Historic John & Landon Carter Mansion

Monday, January 1

9:00 am

Join historic interpreter Chad Bogart for a New Year’s Day visit to the oldest frame house in Tennessee. Built circa 1775, the historic Carter Mansion boasts architectural details which are quite elaborate when compared to most homes on the frontier. Enjoy the beauty of this site and learn about 18th century New Year and 12th Night traditions and superstitions. The event is free, however a reservation is required. Please log on to the following website, and follow the links to make your reservation or simply call the park at 423-543-5808.   http://tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals/

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


Old Christmas: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga

Saturday, January 6

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, January 7

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Christmas isn’t over yet! European migrants brought Old World holiday traditions to America, from the Dutch Sinterklaas to the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Discover the English, German, Scottish and Irish roots of our modern holiday celebrations. Contact the park for detailed schedule.


An Afternoon of early 19th century Dance with the Sabine Hill Social Society

Sunday, January 7

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome! The afternoon will include English Country Dance and early Appalachian dance techniques.


The Liberty Spinners

Happy New Year! Join us again in April 2018!

This gathering of spinners and fiber artists is open to anyone interested in the art of spinning. Join us at 9:30 am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (April to November).


Winterfest Art Show and Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit

November 19th until January 7th, 2018

Tuesday – Saturday     9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday    1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

A visit to the park Visitors Center is sure to inspire as the rooms will be graced with wreaths of all designs and colors hung from old time lampposts. Please contact the park to request a place in this show.  Wreaths will be made by community members, civic groups and schools to bring to life the Christmas spirit of our region.


Workshop: Watermedia Painting Class

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan

Saturday, January 13

9:00 am – Noon

Cost: $12 (student brings supplies) or $20 (supplies provided)

Come and paint with watercolors and acrylics on paper! The possibilities are endless.  It may be a snowy landscape, spring flowers, a mountain vista, or maybe even a selfie.  Photo references or tracings will be provided.  Paint your own composition or follow along with the instructor. Students with supplies may use watercolors, acrylics or fluid acrylics on paper.


Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program

Sunday, January 14

1:30 pm

This monthly meeting is open to all! Each month a unique program is planned that ranges from talks, to demos, to hands on projects.  Our January meeting will feature highlights of the art of the WVAL membership.


Workshop: How to make a Regency Bonnet and Hat Box

Instructors: Donna Horowitz and Scott Pruitt

Saturday, January 27

10 am – 3 pm

Bonnet – $15.00 includes supplies

Hat Box – $10.00 includes supplies

Create a faux Regency bonnet and hat box in this fun class! You can choose to make both or just one of the two. These hat boxes are great for men’s hats also.  Bring a lunch.


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, January 28

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month. Old time musicians of all levels are welcome.  Don’t play and instrument?  Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!


Traditional Arts Workshops

To join one or more classes, you must register in advance by calling 423-543-5808 and pre-pay.

If you would like to receive updated information throughout the year, please send your email address to jennifer.bauer@tn.gov 

In the event of extremely inclement winter weather, contact the park about program cancelations and park office closings.


For more information contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808