July 2017 Special Events and Workshops

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps
Saturdays 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. Meet at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!

History at Home Summer Ranger Programs
June – August
A creative mix of historical & natural programs presented throughout the summer by our Seasonal Interpretive Rangers Jessica Newell and Stuart Shelton. These programs are great for the whole family to enjoy! Please call for weekly schedules.

Independence on the Frontier: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga
Saturday, July 1 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 2 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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.

Summer Art Show at Sycamore Shoals
Art show and sale, June 25 – July 31
Meet-the-Artist Awards Reception: Sunday, June 25 1:30 – 4:00 pm
This multi-media exhibit is two art shows in one: “14th Annual Judged show” and the “22nd Annual Watauga Valley Art League Member show”. Public is invited to the June 28 Reception and to enjoy the art exhibit all month.

Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program
Sunday, July 9 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Everyone is welcome to join the Watauga Valley Art League for their monthly meetings that feature a guest speakers and fellowship with area artists. WVAL meets the 2nd Sunday of each month, except October.

The Liberty Spinners
Tuesday, July 11 9:30 am – 11:30 am
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).

Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals – Our 38th Year!
Thursday – Saturday, July 13 – 15, 20 – 22 & 27 – 29 7:30 pm
Tennessee’s official outdoor drama, presented by local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. See the Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. These settlers formed an independent government, made treaties with the Cherokee, defended their homes, and fought a British army at the epic battle of King’s Mountain. Bleacher seating is available in the Amphitheater. Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Admission Charge.

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang
Sunday, July 23 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 Tuesday through Saturday 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday
Closed Mondays
Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.
Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.

For more information contact:
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
1651 West Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643
(423) 543-5808