November/December 2020 – Special Events

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!

*** COVID-19 GUIDELINES: While visiting the park please stay 6 feet apart from other guests. Face masks are required inside all state park facilities. Face masks are recommended outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained. Park buildings are subject to closure if maximum capacity is exceeded. The park visitors center closes Mon. – Sat. between the hours of 11:30 and 1:30 for cleaning and disinfecting. Restrooms close periodically for cleaning. Please help us stop the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. ***

Living History Saturdays at Fort Watauga

November 7, 14, & 21                                                                          

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Stop in for an afternoon visit at Fort Watauga and join a member of our interpretive staff as they demonstrate a particular aspect of colonial frontier life. From 18th century woodworking and musket demonstrations, to open hearth cooking or quill pen writing. You never know what may be going on at the fort. Come by, check it out, and take a step back in time.

Sabine Hill State Historic Site: Guided Tours

Saturday, November 14  at 11:30 am

Sunday, November 15 at 1:30 pm

Cost: Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 – $4.00; Ages 6 and under – Free

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

Join Seasonal Interpreter Laura Ellis for a guided tour of this stately home which has been described as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the State of Tennessee. 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. Duration – 1 hour.

*Meet at Sabine Hill 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

*Please note, Sabine Hill is only accessible by stairs. Only portable toilet facilities are available currently.

Carter Mansion: Guided Tours

Saturdays, November 7 & 21   at 11:30 am

Sundays, November 8 & 22  at 1:30 pm

Cost: Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 – $4.00; Ages 6 and under – Free

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

Join Season Interpreter Taylor Moorefield for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the prominent family who built it between 1775 and 1780. Duration – 1 hour.

*Meet at The Historic Carter Mansion 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

*Please note, the Carter Mansion is only accessible by stairs.

Colonial Harvest Celebration

Saturday, November 14    from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, November 15      from   10:00 am – 3:00 pm         

Join the festivities at Fort Watauga as the Washington County Militia gather to celebrate recent victories in the War for Independence and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Enjoy living history presentations and demonstrations of 18th century frontier life.  

                       

Walking in Frontier Footsteps – After Thanksgiving Day Hike

Friday, November 27  at 9:00 am                                                                                

Cost: Free

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

Join Ranger Davis for a special guided interpretive walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path on Friday, November 27. Discover the historical events that took place surrounding 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.

Christmastide at the Carter Mansion

Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 – Tours at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 pm

Cost: Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 – $4.00; Ages 6 and under – Free                                          

Max: 10 per tour

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

Registration Opens November 1st

Take a step back in time as historical interpreters guide you through the candle lit rooms of Tennessee’s oldest frame house decorated, as it would have been in 1780, with beautiful greenery for the holiday season. Learn about the customs and traditions enjoyed by our colonial ancestors and how they celebrated the month-long season of Christmastide.   

*Meet at The Historic Carter Mansion 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

*Please note, the Carter Mansion is only accessible by stairs.

Visitor Center Hours:

Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 11:30 am and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Closed 11:30 am – 1:30 pm for lunches and cleaning

Sunday from 1 pm – 4:30 pm

Call us at 423-543-5808