June 2018- Special Events and Workshops

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps


Senior Corps-10 am – noon

Junior Corps-Noon – 1 pm

The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications,

and parades. The Junior Corps is open to new members and beginners. Musical

experience is welcome but not necessary, just come with a willingness to learn.

Junior Corps members have opportunities throughout the year to move into Senior

Corps as they progress.


Walking in Frontier Footsteps

Saturday, June 2


Celebrate National Trails Day at Sycamore Shoals! Join park interpretive staff for a special guided walk along a portion of the Overmountain Victory Trail which runs through Sycamore Shoals on Saturday, June 2.  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 at the Overmountain Man statue in front of the Visitor Center, hike will begin at 8:30 am. Please no pets. Hike is subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather. Contact the park for more information.


28th Year in 2018! Sycamore Shoals Native American Festival

Saturday & Sunday, June 2 and 3

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.


Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program

Sunday, June 10

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.


The Liberty Spinners

Tuesday, June 12

9:30 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).


Ranger Led Bike Ride

Friday, June 15

10:00 am – approx. 11:00 am

Cost: $5.00

Max: 10

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

Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu

Join Ranger Davis for a ranger led bike ride up the Tweetsie Trail to the Elizabethton Covered Bridge, then back to the park via the Elizabethton Linear Trail. Total loop will be about 6 miles and take approximately one hour depending on the average ability level of the attending participants. Portions of the route will not be suitable for pull behind child carriers. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own water. Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather.


Handbuilding a Woodland Period Pottery                        

Instructor: Greg High

Saturday, June 16

8 am – 4 pm

Cost: $75.00 (includes materials and pit-firing on June 30)

Please call 423-543-5808 to register

In this class we will be making a cord marked woodland period pot. Please bring a small bowl and dishtowel, all tools and supplies will be provided.


Songs and Tunes at Sabine Hill

Thursday, June 21

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Cost: $10.00 Adults/ $7 Ages 7-17/ FREE 6 and Under

Max: 16

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

Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu

Do you enjoy experiencing history as it would have been? Listen to melodies with roots in Europe and Appalachia ring through the halls of one of Tennessee’s finest examples of Federal architecture. Meet Ranger Corbin Hayslett at Sabine Hill to learn about the musical melting-pot that was frontier Tennessee and how people from around the world shared culture through song.


Late 18th /early 19th century Women’s Reticule               

Instructor: Donna Horowitz

Saturday, June 23

10 am – 3 pm

Cost: $40.00      Please call 423-543-5808 to register

Min: 2                               Max: 8

Instructor provides: Pattern, fabric, sewing tools, iron & board. Please bring a sewing machine – if you do not have one, a limited number of sewing machines available for $5.00 rental, 1st come, 1st served. You will learn the techniques needed to make 2 separate styles of lined reticules in this hands-on workshop. Corse covers self-made piping, double ruffles & basic sewing. Hand stitching or sewing machine welcome.


Flint Knapping – Making Stone Tools                                    

Instructors: Bob Estep & Friends

Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24

10 am – 4 pm

Cost: $110 – (Includes flint knapping kit, 2 days of instruction & stone-yours to keep!)

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. Please call 423-543-5808 to register.


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, June 24

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!


Stories & S’mores around the Campfire

Friday, June 29

8:30 pm

Adults – $7.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free

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

Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu

Join park historic interpreter Chad Bogart for an evening of storytelling around the glow of a crackling campfire. All the ingredients for s’mores will be there (drinks not provided). Enjoy your sweet treat and then settle in for some knee slapping humor, heartwarming tales, and a bit of wit and wisdom thrown in for good measure. Make sure to bring a chair and/or blanket.

Program will be in the lower picnic area. In the event of inclement weather, program will be moved indoors.


Independence on the Frontier: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga

Saturday, June 30

10 am – 4 pm

Sunday, July 1

10 am – 3 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.


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 on most State holidays.

We will begin opening on Mondays on March 12th.

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 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808