October 2022 – Programs and Events

Carter Mansion Tours 

October 2, 8, 16, & 22                                                                                      1:00 pm 

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

Tax included                                                                                                    Max:  6 

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

Join Interpreter Slade Nakoff 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.

Bird Walks with the Lee and Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

Saturday, October 1, 8, 15, & 22                                                                        8:00 am

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

Fellowship English Country Dancing

Sunday, October 2                                                                                                 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.

Ranger Led Bike Ride

Friday, October 7                                                                                               10:00 am – 11:00 am

Admission: $5.00; Tax include                                                                          Max: 6               

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

Join Ranger Davis for a ranger led bike ride from the park, up the Elizabethton Linear Trail to the Covered Bridge, then back to the park via the Tweetsie 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, bring your own water and bike.  Please meet in front of the Visitor Center.  Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather.

27th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show

Fri & Sat, October 7 & 8                                                                                        9:00 am – 4:00 pm  

Sunday, October 9                                                                                                 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river.  But don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted… Or Is It?!?!  Join us for an evening of family friendly stories, songs, and tales that are sure to send a shiver down your spine and tickle your funny bone.

Tomahawk Throwing Workshop

Tuesday, October 11                                                                                         10:00 am – 11:00 am

Admission: $5.00; ages 12 and up only: Tax included                                         Max: 6                    

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

Discover the unique skill of 18th century tomahawk throwing by joining Ranger Jason Davis for a hands-on tutorial.  Topics will include the versatile applications of the tomahawk on the early American Frontier as well as proper technique and release for throwing with safety and accuracy. No children younger than 12. Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring your own water, all other supplies will be provided. Please don’t bring your own tomahawk unless it is of the 18th century design. This is not a self-defense class. Meet inside Fort Watauga, subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.

Gardening Series with Ben Hunter

Saturday, October 15                                                                                        9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Admission: Free                                                                                               Max: 50

Get ready for Spring:  Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  The program meets in the park Gathering Room.

Sunrise Hike

Thursday, October 20                                                                                       7:30 am

Admission: $5.00; 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 hike along the banks of the Watauga River.  Learn about the 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. Program will be canceled if there is no pre-registration.

Sunset Hike    

Friday, October 21                                                                                           6:30 pm

Admission – $5.00; 6 and under free: Tax included                                           Max:  20

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

Join Park Ranger Cory Franklin for a sunset hike along the banks of the Watauga River.  Learn about the different historical events that took place here at the park.  Meet in the picnic area beside the visitor center.  Program will be canceled if there is no pre-registration.

October 28th – 30th

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

Visit Sabine Hill State Historic Site and learn about funeral customs, superstitions, mourning attire, professions, funeral food, and other traditions of death & mourning in Early America.

Death Comes to Sabine Hill – Twilight Tours & Wake
Fri. & Sat. October 28th & 29th – 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, & 8:30pm
Admission: $12:00
15 per tour

Take a special after-hours tour of the historic Taylor House. Pay your respects to the deceased at the wake and meet historically dressed interpreters throughout the house and grounds as they demonstrate the customs and professions associated with death, mourning & funerals in Early America. These tours deal with subject matter that may be too sensitive for younger visitors. Parental discretion is advised.

Death Comes to Sabine Hill – Daytime Visitation
Saturday, October 29th – 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, & 2:00pm
Admission: $10:00 / 12 & under – $5:00
30 per time slot.

Demonstrations on the grounds will include a coffin maker, grave digger, sexton, professional mourner, burial society, & resurrectionist. Also, take a self-guided tour of the historic Taylor House as each room will be displayed with various death & mourning customs in Early America.

Death Comes to Sabine Hill – Early American Funeral
Sunday, October 30th – 2:00pm
Free Admission
The event culminates at Sycamore Shoals State Park as we re-create an Early American funeral service. Join the mourners in the funeral procession and attend the burial of the dearly departed.

*Be Advised*
Only portable restroom facilities are available at this time at Sabine Hill. The historic house is only accessible by steps and an interior staircase. In the event of severe inclement weather all programs are subject to cancellation.

Sabine Hill State Historic Site is located at 2328 West G St. Elizabethton, TN 37643

Small Works Art Show  

Sunday, October 15 – October 30                                                                     

Reception: Sunday, October 16                                                                         1:30 pm

Display of 8 x 10 or smaller works by members of the Watauga Valley Art League are featured during this art event.

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, October 23                                                                                          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!

Scary Stories at Fort Watauga

Thursday, October 27                                                                                            7:30 pm

Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river.  But don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted… Or Is It?!?!  Join us for an evening of family friendly stories, songs, and tales that are sure to send a shiver down your spine and tickle your funny bone.

Downtown Yoga Workshop

Saturday, October 29                                                                                        9:00 am – 10:15 am

Admission: $20                                                                                               

Registration required – https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=235852&stype=-8&sTG=37&sVT=51&sView=day&sLoc=0&sTrn=5&date=10/29/22

Held at our park Visitor Center, it will include a guided Dharana (object meditation). Object provided and you get to take it home with you!  We will follow that with a flow yoga designed for all levels.  Flow yoga class will be a mixture of meditation, breath-work and energizing movement. It begins with gentler movements to warm up the body, then moves into progressively more challenging flowing sequences including standing poses, balances, inversions and peak poses.  We will end slower with deep stretches and a floor/mat asana practice.  Class will be followed by a 15-minute information session with Park Ranger, Cory Franklin.  He will discuss the history and mission of the park.  As an attendee, enjoy a 10% off discount at the Center’s Gift Shop!  

*DYC members get 15% off price of yoga class!