Welcoming 2021!

With high hopes for a great year ahead, the staff of Sycamore Shoals has planned our 2021 Calendar of Special Events! Check it out by clicking on the dropdown menu above under Special Events Calendar.

Also posted is our January 2021 calendar of events which can be found under Monthly Interpretive Programs.

To provide for social distancing and protect our guests from Covid, our programs require pre-registration. Historic house tours are limited to 6 per tour.

All park programs and operations may be affected by Covid-19 related changes to program schedules, along with visitor safety considerations.  Please check with the park or follow us on the websites listed below for updated information.

We thank you for your continued support!

Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!

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Overmountain Muster Candlelight Tours



Friday, September 25 from 7 pm – 9 pm

Tours by Registration – see link below


The year was 1780. The tide of the Revolutionary War was turning against the patriot cause.  The British focused their attention to the divided southern colonies and won victory after victory in a bloody civil war.  Charleston had fallen, and American forces had crumbled at the battle of Camden. But then the impossible occurred…The frontiersmen of the western mountains began a long march, gathering an army along the way, from the highlands of Virginia to the hills of South Carolina.  At a place called King’s Mountain, they destroyed British forces and opened the way for the final American victory at Yorktown.

The route they took from Virginia to South Carolina, we now know as the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.  On Friday, September 25th come re-live the muster of the Overmountain Men with a unique after-hours, twilight program entitled “Lanterns & Legends of 1780”.  Experience the sights, sounds, and emotions of the 18th century as you are guided through the historic encampment of the Overmountain Men by lantern light. Meet legendary figures such as Maj. Patrick Ferguson, Mary Patton, Rev. Samuel Doak, John Sevier and others as they tell the dramatic story of this historic gathering which led to one of the most decisive victories of the Revolution!

The program begins at the park visitor center, and each tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Tour times are as follows; 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, 8:30 PM.  Pre-registration is required and groups will be smaller to promote social distancing.

You can make your reservations by visiting http://www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals. Fees for the lantern tours are Adults – $10.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under Free.

Take a trip back in time, re-live the most crucial days of the American Revolution, and “Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty” at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

The park is located at 1651 W. Elk Avenue in Elizabethton, TN.

Contact the park at 423-543-5808 or visit https://tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals or www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

Please help us stop the spread of COVID-19.

Face masks are required at all indoor state park facilities. Masks are recommended outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained.

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History at Home

Updated September 18, 2020

Though our summer History at Home programs have come to a close for the 2020 season, we have great news!

Interpretive rangers Laura Ellis and Taylor Moorefield will be working several weekends during the Fall, Winter, and early Spring in order to make our Sabine Hill and Carter Mansion historic house tours more available.

Please check out our program offerings often.   They will be posted on this webpage under Monthly Interpretive Programs and also can be found on the registration site at,




Need additional information?  Please call us at 423-543-5808!


Our summer interpretive ranger programs begin on Wednesday, June 3rd!   From the top menu, choose Monthly Interpretive Programs/History at Home-Summer Ranger Programs, to meet Laura Ellis and Taylor Moorefield and learn more about their summer plans.

Their first schedule is posted at History at Home Summer Ranger Programs/History at Home June 3-14

Please note that in order to support CDC recommendations regarding social distancing, each program will require online registration with a limit of 10 per program.  We will be requesting a distance of 6 feet between program participants and hope you will wear your mask.

Most of our program opportunities are offered at no charge, with the exception of tours of the historic Carter Mansion and Sabine Hill which will begin in mid June.

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



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