March 2023 – Programs and Events

Carter Mansion Guided Tour

Wednesday, March 1                                                                                        1:00 pm

Wednesday, March 2                                                                                        1:00 pm

Thursday, March 9                                                                                            1:00 pm

Thursday, March 22                                                                                          1:00 pm

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free                    

Tax included                                                                                                             Max:  15

Registration required –

Join Park staff for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780.

The John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.

Sabine Hill Guided Tour      

Friday, March 10                                                                                              1:00 pm

Friday, March 23                                                                                              1:00 pm

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free

Tax included                                                                                                            Max:  15

Registration required –

Join Park staff for a guided tour of this stately home built by Mary Patton Taylor, widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor. The site has been described as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the State of Tennessee. During your tour you will have the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the influential Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century.

Sabine Hill is located at 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Please note, only portable toilet facilities are available at this time. Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.

Weed Wrangle 2023

Saturday, March 4                                                                                                    10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Admission: Free!                                                                                              Max:  20

Registration required –

Have you ever wanted to get involved with your favorite state park?  On March 4th we will be hosting a weed wrangle event, removing the invasive English ivy along our historic riverfront trail.  The event will last for 3 hours and we will provide gloves and bags for removal.  Please call park visitor center if you have further questions at 423-543-5808.

Workshop: Traditional Irish Dance

Sunday, March 5                                                                                              1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Class Fee: $6.00                                                                                                       Max: 30

(Friends of Sycamore Shoals Members – Free)

Registration Required—

Have you ever wanted to learn how to Irish Step Dance?   If so, join Irish Dance instructor,

Kimberly Mullinex, Appalachian Irish Dance Co., for an afternoon of learning basic Irish Dance steps. 

Mullinex is originally from the Hampton area.  After becoming familiar with traditional Irish Dance as an adult in Boston, MA, competing on performance teams and then teaching in other states; Mullinex hopes to bring Irish dancing back to the hills of Tennessee.

Class is open for all ages 5+ – adults.  Wear comfortable shoes!

Provided in conjunction with Sabine Hill Social Society.

Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show and Sale

Saturday, March 11                                                                                               10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, March 12                                                                                             11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Don’t miss this great opportunity to visit with some of the best fiber artists of our region!  If you love fibers, this is the place for you!  Demonstrations include weaving, spinning, knitting, natural dyeing, and more.  A variety of handmade items will be offered for sale.

Transylvania Purchase Celebration

Friday, March 17                                                                                                   1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Park staff at Sycamore Shoals State Park for various demonstrations of trade goods, tools, and currency to celebrate the 248th anniversary of the Transylvania Purchase.

Vegetable Gardening with Ben Hunter

Saturday, March 18                                                                                                 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Free!                                                                                                                Max: 50

Registration required –

The second session in our gardening seminar series will focus on vegetable gardening. Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!

Tennessee Tree Day 2023

Saturday, March 18                                                                                                  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Reserve Trees Here –

This year Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park has partnered with the Tennessee Environmental Council to participate in the 2023 Tennessee Tree Day.  There will be 40 trees of various species to choose from, 1 tree per person, while trees last.  However, participants can go to the link above and reserve their own trees for this year.  Pick up times are listed above, for further information please call the park visitor center at 423-543-5808.

Watauga Valley Art League Meeting

Sunday, March 19                                                                                             1:30 pm

All are welcome to join our area artists for their monthly meeting, highlighted by an art related presentation. 

First Day of Spring Hike

Monday, March 20                                                                                                   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Admission: Free!                                                                                              Max:  10

Registration required –

Join Park Ranger Cory Franklin on the first day of spring hike! This guided hike will feature native tree identifications and a guided walk along the Watauga River. Learn how to recognize a tree with or without leaves, how our ancestors used the trees, and other unique facts.  If you want to learn something new or enjoy an easy hike, the 1st day of spring hike has something for everyone.

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, March 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 an instrument?  Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!

For further information, Call – Sycamore Shoals State Park at 423-543-5808

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.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park – 1651 W. Elk Avenue- Elizabethton, TN 37643