May 2022- Programs and Events

Carter Mansion Tour

Thursday, May 26                                                                                           1:00 pm

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

Tax included                                                                                                   Max:  12

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, May 27                                                                                               1:00 pm

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

Tax included                                                                                                   Max:  12

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.

City Nature Challenge – Tech in Nature   

Sunday, May 1                                                                                                1:00 pm

Admission – Free                    

Tax included                                                                                                   Max:  20

Pre-Registration required –

Today, most people are inseparable from their smart phones and mobile devices.  We want to embrace this cultural change and show you how you can better use technology on a day-to-day bases in nature.  Using tools such as GPS locating, plant identification, and other easily accessible resources and apps, we will show you how to enhance your experience rather than take away from it.  Join Ranger Cory Franklin for a walk around the park to better understand the tools you carry with you daily.  The program will meet and begin at the picnic area beside the visitor center.

Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

Saturday, May 7                                                                                               8:00 am

Meet other birders and naturalists at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season.

Bean’s Butter

Friday, May 13                                                                                               1:00 pm

Admission: $5.00; 6 and under free: Tax included                                        Max: 10

Registration required –

Join Lydia Bean (Leslie Brockley) at Fort Watauga for an afternoon of butter making.  Learn the historical uses of butter as well as the story behind how butter making saved Lydia’s life in 1776.  The program will be hands on making butter.  All ages are welcome!

Spring Knap-In at Fort Watauga

Saturday, May 21                                                                                           10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Knapping – with a “K”– has nothing to do with sleep!  Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the Knap-In at Fort Watauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week.  Watch primitive skills craftsmen make arrowheads, spear points and other survival tools.  There will be demonstrations of primitive tools such as a bow, arrow, and atlatl throughout the day.

28th Annual Siege at Fort Watuaga

Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22                                                                 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

It is the summer of 1776 and the Watauga settlement is at war.  Join us as 200 colonial and Native reenactors present this dramatic retelling of the Cherokee attack brought on the settlers of the Watauga valley.  Visit the living history camps, shop and period vendors, and witness battle reenactments both days.  Hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke, and see history come to life at the Siege of Fort Watauga.  Contact the park for detailed schedule. 

Fellowship English Country Dancing

Sunday, May 22                                                                                              1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome! The afternoon will include the opportunity to learn dances from different worldwide cultures.  No cost to attend. Open to anyone, with or without experience or a partner.  Meet in the Visitor Center.  Sponsored by the Sabine Hill Social Society.

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, May 22                                                                                              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!

Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday            

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Closed for lunch Mon – Saturday from 11 am – Noon

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 cancellations and park office closings.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643