September 2019 – Special Events and Programs

“Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!”


Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps

1st and 3rd Saturdays

10 am – Noon

The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. Musical experience is welcome but not necessary, just come with a willingness to learn.


Tomahawk Throwing Workshop

Friday, September 5

9 am – 10 am

Cost: $5.00

Max: 5

Pre-registration required –

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Master the unique frontier skill of tomahawk throwing by joining Ranger Jason Davis for a hands-on tutorial.  Topics will include proper technique and release, as well as versatile applications of tomahawk use in the outdoors. 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. Cash payments must be made at the park office during regular operating hours prior to registration cut-off date.


Creek Critter Catchin’

Thursday, September 5

11 am – 12 pm

Cost: $3.00

Max: 5

Pre-registration required –

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Join Ranger Davis for a cool and refreshing walk through the waterways of the Watauga River and discover the different creatures that call it home! Please bring footwear that you don’t mind getting wet or muddy; no flip-flops.  You may bring your own catchin’ tools if you’d like. No children younger than 5.  Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register.  Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather.  All critters will be released at the end of the program.


Workshop: Historical Sewing: Mob Caps and Pocket

Instructor: Donna Horowitz

Saturday, September 7

9 am – 4 pm


$12 provides cotton fabric, thread, and pattern for 1 cap

(3 different styles of mob caps from 1740-early 1800)

$8 provides the fabric, thread, and pattern for 1 standard pocket

Teaching fee for this special opportunity is by donation.

Are you interested in updating or starting your colonial wardrobe?  Join Donna for an afternoon of sewing these starting pieces either by hand or machine.  Please bring sewing machine (if needed), pins, and scissors.

Please pre-register by calling the park at (423) 543-5808. 


The Gathering of Sycamore Shoals                                                                                  

Saturday, September 14

10 am

On Saturday the 14th of September 2019, the Tennessee Society of Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the 238th “Gathering at Sycamore Shoals”. This is a celebration of the Overmountain Men coming together to march to King’s Mountain and defeat Loyalist forces under Col. Patrick Ferguson. We will have a Memorial Service and a wreath laying service. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the wreath laying.


An Afternoon of early 19th century Dance with the Sabine Hill Social Society                                               

Sunday, September 15

1:30 pm – 4 pm

Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome!  The afternoon will include English Country Dance techniques.


22nd Annual Fort Watauga Knap-In

Saturday & Sunday, September 14 & 15

10 am – 4 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 the bow, arrow and atlatl throughout the day.


Lanterns & Legends of 1780:

Overmountain Militia Muster Candlelight Tours

Friday, September 20

7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, & 8:30 PM

Cost: Adults – $7.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free

Max: 25 per tour

Pre-registration required –

The year is 1780 and America’s War for Independence is in its 5th year. British Major Patrick Ferguson has threatened to destroy the frontier settlements. In response, the Overmountain Men have gathered at Sycamore Shoals and are forming a frontier army to search out Ferguson and his loyalist force. Experience the sights, sounds, and emotions of the 18th century as you are guided through the historic encampment by lantern light. Meet legendary figures such as Col. John Sevier, Mary Patton, Rev. Samuel Doak, and others as they tell the dramatic story of this historic gathering which led to one of the most decisive victories of the Revolution!

Program begins at the park visitor center. Each tour lasts approximately 1 hour.


Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Saturday, September 21

10 am – 4 pm

Sunday, September 22

10 am – 3 pm

Join us for an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780. Relive some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution!


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

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


Overmountain Victory Trail March

Wednesday, September 25

2 pm (approximate time)

Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain since 1975. On September 25, marchers will cross the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 239 years ago.


National Public Lands Day Hike

Saturday, September 28th

9 am

Cost: FREE

Pre-registration appreciated –

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Ranger Hayslett for a hike along the banks of historic and beautiful Watauga River! Learn how the Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga was a key fording and meeting place through time and see its lasting impact to this day.


Wacky Whimmy Diddles

Saturday, September 28th

12 pm – 1 pm

Cost: Adults – $5.00 / Ages 17 and Under FREE

Max: 12

Pre-registration required –

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What in the world is a wacky whimmy diddle? Join Ranger Corbin Hayslett in the lower picnic area by the walking trail to make an old-timey toy. Learn the secret ancient language of “hooey” to talk to your newly made whimmy diddle and make it do a special trick!


Songs and Tunes at Sabine Hill

Saturday, September 28th

2 pm – 3:30 pm

Cost: Adults – $7.00 /Ages 7-17 – $3/ FREE 6 and Under

Max: 16

Pre-registration required –

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Do you enjoy experiencing history as it would have been? Listen to melodies with roots in Europe and Appalachia ring through the halls of one of Tennessee’s finest examples of Federal architecture. Meet Ranger Corbin Hayslett at Sabine Hill to learn about the musical melting-pot that was frontier Tennessee and how people from around the world shared culture through song.


Learn to Play the Irish Pennywhistle                              

Instructor: Martha Egan 

Sunday, September 29

1:30 pm – 3 pm


$25 includes Pennywhistle in Key of D

$15 to bring your own instrument

Max: 12

Join Martha Egan, an experienced pennywhistle player and teacher for this fun class! Popular in the British Isles in the 1800’s, this class includes the fundamentals of holding and sounding your pennywhistle, learning the first notes, and playing a song—or come and advance the skills you already possess. Music and other supplemental materials provided. All ages welcome! Please call the park at (423) 543-5808 to register.


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Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – 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.




For more information contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park                                                             .

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808




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