June 2022 Programs and Events

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!

Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals – Our 43rd Year! 

Friday & Saturday, June 3-4; 10-11                                                                    8:00 pm

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday – June 16-18; 23-25                                              8:00 pm

Tennessee’s official outdoor drama presented by local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. See the Revolution through the eyes of the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled west of the blue ridge.  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.  Presented in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater, bleacher style seating.  Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.  Admission Charge. Contact the park for further details and ticket pricing.

History at Home

Wednesday-Sunday, throughout the summer

Seasonal Interpreters Slade Nakoff and Matthew Simerly present a wide variety of family oriented historic programming, in addition to tours of the Carter Mansion and Sabine Hill. The History at Home schedule can be picked up at the park and is posted at the top two sites, below.

Watauga Valley Art Leagues Summer Show – Celebrating 53 years!              

Art show and sale, Thursday, June 2 – Sunday, June 26

Meet the Artist Awards Reception: Sunday, June 12                                            1:30 – 4:00 pm

This multi-media exhibit is two art shows in one: “19th Annual Judged show” and the “27th Annual Watauga Valley Art League Member show”. Please join us for this popular summer event!

National Trails Day – Walking in Frontier Footsteps

Saturday, June 4                                                                                                       10:00 am

Admission: Free!                                                                                               Max:  20

Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals Join park interpretive staff for a special guided walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path. Discover the historical events that took place at Sycamore Shoals and their significance to the formation of our State and Country. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Portions of the walk will include ground that may not be flat or solid for people with mobility challenges.  Meet in the picnic area beside the Visitor Center

Sunrise Hike

Sunday, June 5                                                                                                  6:00 am

Admission: $5; 6 and under free: Tax included                                                     Max: 20

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

Join Park Ranger Cory Franklin for a sunrise solar eclipse hike along the banks of the Watauga River.  Learn about different historical events that took place here at the park.  Coffee is not required but recommended.  Meet in the picnic area beside the Visitor Center.

Workshop: Flint Knapping – Making Stone Tools

Instructors: Bob Estep and Gary Baxter  

Saturday, June 18                                                             9 am – 4 pm

Cost: $95.00                                                                 Min:  4       Max:  10  

Join Bob and Gary for this beginning class that will focus on learning the basics of making stone tools, such as the arrow point, using traditional techniques. Adults only.  Please bring a chair and lunch.   (Includes instruction, flint knapping kit, tools & stone – all yours to keep and continue practicing!)    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals.                               

Please register by Thursday, June 16 at the following link or call the park at 423-543-5808 for additional information.   https://liberty.ticketleap.com/flintknapping/

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, June 26                                                                                                    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!