January 2019 Special Events & Workshops

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps

1st and 3rd Saturdays

10am – Noon

The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. Musical experience is welcome but not necessary, just come with a willingness to learn.


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

Tuesday, 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. Tour is subject to cancellation in the event of significantly inclement winter weather.

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu

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


Old Christmas: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga

Saturday, January 5

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, January 6

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.


Carter Mansion Old Christmas Tours

Saturday, January 5

10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Sunday, January 6

10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Cost: Adults – $7.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $3.00; 6 and under free

Max: 15 per tour

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

Enjoy a special visit of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with the traditional bright greenery of Old Christmas. Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780. Tour will be given in 18th century period clothing. The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643


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

Sunday, January 6

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. Coffee & hot cocoa provided. 


Workshop: Watermedia Class                                             

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan       

Saturday, January 12                                                            

9:00 am – Noon

Cost:  $12 -you bring supplies or $20 -supplies provided

Pre-register by calling 423-543-5808

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 13

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. Today’s meeting will include each of the board members of the league highlighting their art.


An Afternoon of Art – Winter Landscape                          

Instructor: Elizabeth Greenwell

Sunday, January 20th

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Cost: $25.00 – includes all supplies/all skill levels

Pre-register by calling 423-543-5808

Masterpiece Mixers of Johnson City will be visiting Sycamore Shoals, giving you the opportunity to create a simple, but successful piece of art with a fun theme! No painting skills are necessary as you will be guided step-by-step.   Light refreshments will be provided by the Sabine Hill Social Society.


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, January 27

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 


Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday

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 winter weather, contact the park about program cancelations and park office closings.


For more information contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643