Fiber Fair and Colonial Harvest Celebration planned for November 10 & 11

 

Saturday, November 10 from 10 am – 4 pm

Sunday, November 11 from 10 am – 3 pm

 

With cooling temperatures and signs of changing seasons about us, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is readying for our annual Colonial Harvest Celebration, Militia Muster, and Fall Fiber Fair!

We welcome re-enactors from the Washington County Militia and fiber enthusiasts from across the Tri-Cities and beyond as we plan for an educational weekend filled with history, tradition, and fiber arts demonstrations, workshops, and sales.

The Fiber Fair will take place in the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Both days will offer the opportunity to take in spinning, weaving, and hand carding demonstrations, in addition to visiting with a variety of vendors who will have handmade items for sale.

If you are interested in learning a skill, consider registering for one of our workshops:

Tunisian Crochet Slippers

Saturday, November 10 from 10 am – noon

Instructor: Gina Mortara

Cost $30.00 includes supplies

Details: In this beginner’s class we’ll learn Tunisian crochet, make a pair of baby slippers in class, and take home a pattern and the know-how to be able to make adult slippers.

Crochet Christmas Stocking

Saturday, November 10 from 1 pm – 3 pm

Instructor: Barbara Henry

Cost: $30 includes supplies

Details: We will be making a stocking ornament, using a choice between 2 different patterns. This class will include yarn, crochet hook and written patterns. Must have basic crochet skills.

Hairpin Lace Cowl

Sunday, November 11 from 10 am – noon

Instructor: Susan Mortara

Cost: $30 includes supplies

In this beginners class, we’ll learn how to make beautiful hairpin lace and make a lovely cowl!

Drop Spindle

Sunday, November 11 from 1 pm – 3 pm

Instructor: Laura Whitfield

Cost: $35 includes supplies

Details: This class will give a brief overview on the history and current popularity of drop spindling, as well as a basic description of the types of spindles available and suitable for fibers. We will have hands on practice of spindle control and drafting.

Please register and prepay for workshops in advance by calling the park at 423-543-5808

We are happy to have a wide variety of artists and vendors who will be offering their items for sale during this event. Their talents consist of products made from handspun and dyed yarns, dryer balls, needle and wet felted items, hands knitted and crochet items, boot inserts, and kumihimo, just to name a few! Also available will be felt sheets, fiber color packs, drop spindles, knitting needles, and crochet hooks. A variety of fibers are offered for sale including batts, roving, and skeins of alpaca, merino, silk, linen, cotton, wool, and more.

This year’s vendors are Amie Greene of Spinning Beauty, Collette Cook, Denise Digh of Cloudslaine Farm Studio, Susan Fain of the Willows Knot, Sharon Walker & Amy Palmer of Wooly Mittens 4 Ewe, Renee Gray of Alpaca Outbacka, Laura Whitefield of Isley Creek Farm, Rudi & Arlene Angelmaier of Dragonfly Dreams, Too, John Plutchak, Corrine Hewett, Louise Nuttle of Only the Finest, and the Mortara Family.

At Fort Watauga, the Washington County Militia, the host living history organization of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, will be engaged in 18th century festivities as we enjoy a time of friendship and thanksgiving amidst a frontier harvest celebration. In Colonial America, before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday, each colony or community observed days of thanksgiving usually after the harvest had been brought in or after a significant military victory.

Militia activities throughout the weekend will include; a reading of colonial governor Richard Caswell’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, open hearth cooking, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, and many more aspects of daily life on the colonial American frontier.

A schedule of events will be available online on this site after November 1.

For additional information please call the park at 423-543-5808.

 

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, Tennessee   37643

423-543-5808

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

http://www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Brian Allison, Interpreter, to offer NEW workshops at Sycamore Shoals!

Interpreter, Brian Allison, from Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Nashville, Tennessee, to present workshops at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

 November 3rd, 2018 at 9 am and 1 pm

  

Join us at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park as we welcome interpreter, Brian Allison, for his workshops and talk centered on the late 18th and early 19th century.

Mr. Allison’s boasts a career rich in history, including his role as Interpreter at The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee.   His accomplishments include the interpretation of historical characters including Judge John Overton, Ralph E. W. Earl, and Col. David Crockett. He is known for his educational programming such as “The Duel: Art of the Southern Gentleman. The staff of The Hermitage also benefit from special training focusing on art techniques of the 19th century, historical handwriting, and male costuming from 1790-1840.

Brian has taken his historic programs to the Civil War Preservation Trust, Historic Wynnewood, Rock Castle, Mansker’s Station, and other historic sites. At Travellers’ Rest Plantation, Nashville, Tennessee, he has filled the role of Interpreter, Staff Historian, and Curator. As an author, Mr. Allison has published two books, Murder & Mayhem in Nashville, The History Press, 2016 and The Tennessee State Penitentiary (with Yoshie Lewis), Arcadia Publishing, 2014 .

On November 3rd, he will be offering two entertaining and educational programs at Sycamore Shoals.   “Thus Friends Absent Speak- the Art and Technique of Corresponding” 1750-1850 from 9 am until 11:30 am and “Affairs of Honor- The Duel” at 1 pm. There is a small fee for each workshop and a discount if you attend both! Please pre-register by calling the park at 423-543-5808.

 

Thus Friends Absent Speak                                                      

The Art and Technique of Corresponding, 1750-1850

Saturday, November 3        9 am – 11:30 am

November 3rd, Sabine Hill Social Society will be hosting the acclaimed living historian Brian Allison who will be instructing on the art of letter writing in the late 18th and early 19th century. Attendees will learn how to use a quill pen, different paper types, letter composition, folding of the letter for mailing, sealing and post marking. This informative class will be held at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in the Gathering Room starting at 9 am. Cost: $25 for this 2 1/2 hour morning session. All supplies and teaching materials provided. To register with your tuition fee, call Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808.

 

Affairs of Honor -The Duel                                                      

Saturday, November 3          1 pm 

This afternoon session presented by acclaimed author and living historian, Brian Allison, will focus on the art of the duel, also known as Irish Code Duello, in fact and fiction. Journey with us as Brian explains the intricacies of the duel in the 18th and 19th Century, and how it was different in the states like Tennessee, South Carolina and Louisiana. Want to add more to your impression of the period, then this hands on workshop is a must. This informative class will be held at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Parks “Gathering Room” starting at 1pm. Cost: $10 or $5 if taken with his morning session “Thus friends absent speak”. To register with your tuition fee and reserve your spot, call Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808.

 

Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

and the Sabine Hill Social Society

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

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Sabine Hill Bicentennial Celebration

 

 October 12, 13 & 14, 2018

 

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Sabine Hill, the beautiful Taylor family home in Elizabethton, TN. Perched atop a prominent knoll at the west entrance of Elizabethton, Sabine Hill stands as a welcoming beacon to one of Tennessee’s most historic areas. Built by the widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor, Mary Patton Taylor, this beautiful surviving example of Federal architecture is a must see. Restored by the Tennessee Historical Commission, the house has been returned to its 1818 splendor and has been described as one of the finest examples of wood framed Federal architecture in the State of Tennessee. The operation of Sabine Hill is managed by Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, and the park has a full weekend of activities planned to commemorate the bicentennial of this significant historic home.

The celebration kicks off at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 12 with “An Evening with Andrew Jackson” presented in ‘The Gathering Place’ of the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is proud to welcome historian and renowned living history figure Grant Hardin as he portrays one of America’s most well-known historic characters, General Andrew Jackson. Jackson was not a stranger to Elizabethton. It is said that when he served as a Tennessee Superior Court Judge from 1797 to 1803, Jackson held court under the sycamore tree where the Watauga Association had been established 25 years earlier. During the Creek Indian War and the War of 1812, Jackson was a contemporary of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor who may have begun the construction of Sabine Hill as early as 1811. The evening program will begin with a presentation of early 19th century music followed by General Jackson as he recounts his days as a youth during the American Revolution, his rise in military leadership, and his finest hour at the Battle of New Orleans. There will be a reception with light refreshments following the presentation. Admission to the event is $8.00. Pre-registration is required.

Please log on to the following website to register and purchase tickets – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals.

“An Evening with Andrew Jackson” Schedule:
6:00 – Doors Open
6:15 – Early 19th Century Music
7:00 – General Andrew Jackson
8:00 – Reception and Light Refreshments

 

The celebration continues through the weekend with guided tours of Sabine Hill giving visitors the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century. Tours are by reservation only. These special bicentennial tours will include early 19th century living history demonstrations and displays in addition to the regular guided tour of the historic house. Enjoy an 1812 era militia camp, US Army regular presentation, historic foodways, and more! Please note there are no restroom facilities on site at Sabine Hill, so plan accordingly before your arrival.

Sabine Hill Weekend Tour Schedule:

Saturday, October 13: 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Sunday, October 14: 1pm & 3pm

Admission costs are: Adults – $7.00; Ages 7 to 17- $5.00; Ages 6 and under- Free. Tours are limited to 18 guests per tour. Pre-registration is required. Please log on to the following website to register and purchase tickets –

http://www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals. Sabine Hill State Historic Site is located at 2328 West G. Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

 

As part of your weekend experience be sure to take in these additional interesting and informative programs.

Here in East Tennessee we are taught from youth about the significance of our region and its inhabitants in the American Revolution and the American Civil War. However, few people understand the crucial involvement that East Tennesseans had in the War of 1812. Melanie Storie, a lecturer with ETSU’s Department of History and former seasonal interpreter at Sycamore Shoals, will be presenting a fifty-minute lecture on East Tennessee’s role in one of America’s most important and most-oft-forgotten wars as part of the Sabine Hill Bicentennial Celebration. Her expertise lies within East Tennessee in nineteenth century history and her publications include, “The Dreaded Thirteenth Tennessee Union Cavalry: Marauding Mountain Men”. The lecture will take place in the Gathering Room within the Sycamore Shoals visitor center from 11:00-11:50 on Saturday, October 13and is free to the public.

 

Upper East Tennessee carries a strong legacy of traditional southern music. From bluesman Brownie McGhee to world-renowned singer Tennessee Ernie Ford, a wide array of music has spread from Tennessee’s mountains abroad. The Taylors of Elizabethton so too produced music that charmed the hearts and ears of locals and foreigners alike. Brothers Bob and Alf Taylor who at separate times held Tennessee’s highest office, brought mountain music to the national stage by ‘fiddling around’ on the campaign trail, even fiddling together when they ran against one another in the 1886 gubernatorial contest. Miraculously, links to the Taylor’s music such as phonograph records, eye-witness accounts and even Alf Taylor’s fiddle survive to today. Thanks to ETSU’s Reece Museum and director Randall Sanders, Alf’s fiddle among other Taylor related treasures will be on display at Sycamore Shoals for the Sabine Hill Bicentennial Celebration. Ranger Corbin Hayslett will present a program on East Tennessee fiddling and the Taylor brother’s influence and legacy on Saturday, October 13th in the Gathering Place within the Sycamore Shoals visitor center. The program will last from 12:00 – 12:50 and is free to the public.

Additionally the Sabine Hill Social Society will be offering opportunities throughout the weekend for visitors to take a glimpse into the social atmosphere of the early 19th century. These free programs will take place in the ‘Gathering Room’ of the Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center. Playing cards was a very common pastime in the early 1800s. On Saturday, October 13 from 1:30 to 4:00pm join in the fun, and learn some early 19th century card games. On Sunday, October 14 from 1:30 to 4:00pm join Sabine Hill Social Society members to learn about early 19th century dance styles and practices. Dancing was a highly popular social pastime, so come to learn or just to watch. No partner or prior experience required.

There will be plenty of opportunities this particular weekend to get the entire family out for a fun, entertaining and educational experience while celebrating 200 years of one of the area’s most historic homes.

For more information and a detailed schedule please contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808 or visit these websites; http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org and http://www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643. Sabine Hill State Historic Site is only 2 miles west of the park and is located at 2328 West G. Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. 

 

Sabine Hill Bicentennial Celebration – Schedule of Events

Friday, October 12th

An Evening with Andrew Jackson (Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center)

Admission $8.00 (by reservation only) www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals. 

6:00 – Doors Open

6:15 – Early 19th Century Music

7:00 – Address by General Jackson

8:00 – Reception and Light Refreshments

 

Saturday, October 13th

9:00, 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00 – Sabine Hill Guided Tours (by reservation only)

Admission: Adults – $7.00; Ages 7 to 17- $5.00; Ages 6 and under- Free

11:00 – East Tennessee in the War of 1812 ~ Lecture by Melanie Storie (Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center)

12:00 – East Tennessee Fiddling: The Legacy of Bob & Alf Taylor ~ Ranger Corbin Hayslett (SycamoreShoals Visitor Center)

1:00 until 4:00 – Early 19th Century Card Games (Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center)

 

Sunday, October 14th

1:00 & 3:00 – Sabine Hill Guided Tours (by reservation only)

Admission Adults – $7.00; Ages 7 to 17- $5.00; Ages 6 and under- Free

1:30 until 4:00 – Early 19th Century Fellowship Dancing (Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center)

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