June 2017 Special Events and Workshops


Where Our Heritage Comes to Life!


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. Meet at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!


Walking in Frontier Footsteps

Saturday, June 3


Celebrate National Trails Day at Sycamore Shoals! Join Corbin Hayslett for a special guided walk of a portion of the Overmountain Victory Trail which runs through Sycamore Shoals on Saturday, June 3.  Walk through the park and along the river to the sacred historical River Crossing of the Overmountain Men and the hallowed Muster Grounds as we explore the impacts of our frontier ancestors on our local and national history.  The Overmountain Victory Trail helps to preserve the history and memory of the patriots who won the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution.

Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Meet in the Visitor Center lobby, hike will begin at 9:00 am. Please no pets. Hike is subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather. Contact the park for more information.


27th Year in 2017! Sycamore Shoals Native American Festival

Saturday & Sunday, June 3 and 4

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

A two-day celebration of our Native American heritage! Award-winning dancers, storytellers, artists, and scholars gather at the circle to share knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Come and discover Native American arts, music, and legends, with an emphasis on the Cherokee culture. Admission Charge.


18th Century Eastern Cherokee Style Trade Necklace  

Instructor: Gary Stevens

Saturday, June 10

10 am – Noon

Cost: $25 includes materials

Min: 1                 Max: 15

In this class you will make an early trade necklace using authentic 150 to 200 year old beads. You will also add bone spacers, and/or coyote or buffalo teeth.


Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program

Sunday, June 11

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, June 13

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).


Flint Knapping – Making Stone Tools                                            

Instructors: Bob Estep & Friends

Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25

10 am – 4 pm

Cost: $80 (includes supplies)

Min: 4 Max: 12

Make stone tools such as the arrow point using only traditional techniques. Please be sure to register no later than 1 week prior to the class. Adults only.


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.


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, June 25

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