29th Native American Culture Festival

 

Schedule of Events

 

Admission is $6.00 per adult; $1.00 ages 6 – 17; Free -6 and under

 

Saturday, June 1 from 10 am – 8 pm

10:00 am – 10:30 am     Native American Flute – Daniel Bigay

10:30 am – 11:00 am     “The Role of Women within Cherokee Culture during the 18th Century” –   Jackie Fischer

11:00 am – 11:30 am   “Are you Smarter than a …” – Mark and Sherry Finchum

11:30 am – 12:00 pm     Cherokee Storytelling –  Freeman Owle

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm       Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations and                     Blowgun Demonstration –  Dale Cloer, Mossy Creek Drum Group

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm         Native American Flute – Daniel Bigay

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm         “The Work of Cherokee Women within the Clan during the 18th Century” – Jackie Fischer

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm       “Are you Smarter than a …” –    Mark and Sherry Finchum

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm         Cherokee Storytelling –  Freeman Owle

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm        Native American Dance & Drum Demonstration and        Blowgun Demonstration –  Dale Cloer, Mossy Creek Drum Group

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7:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Traditional Evening Campfire –      

Bring a blanket or folding chair!

featuring Freeman Owle, Mark and Sherry Finchum, Dale Cloer, and Daniel Bigay

Located in the shaded area between the walking trail and Fort Watauga, just below the picnic area –

(Subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather)

 

Sunday, June 2 from 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday morning will feature a special opportunity to visit with the demonstrators and shop with the unique artisans and exceptional craftsmen before the day’s activities begin at 11:30!

11:30 am– 12:00 pm     Cherokee Language Workshop –   Freeman Owle

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm       Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations and Blowgun Demonstration – Dale Cloer, Mossy Creek Drum Group

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm         Native American Flute –  Daniel Bigay

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm         “The Role of Women within Cherokee Culture during the 18th Century ” –   Jackie Fischer

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm         “Are you Smarter than a …” –   Mark and Sherry Finchum

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm         Cherokee Storytelling –  Freeman Owle

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm         Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations and Blowgun Demonstration –   Dale Cloer, Mossy Creek Drum Group,

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The interior of the Visitor Center will also host a variety of excellent demonstrations, which include beadwork, stone carving, Cherokee language, corn shuck dolls, native river cane flutes, a primitive points exhibit and artifact identification courtesy of S. D. Dean, as well as interpretive exhibits from both 18th century the early 19th century Cherokee culture with historical reenactors, Mark and Sherry Finchum and historic interpreter Jackie Fischer.

Outside the Visitor Center will host a variety of unique craftsmen and native artisans as well as flint-knapping, exceptional Native American arts and crafts, ethnic Cherokee food, and a fully furnished Lakota Sioux Tipi exhibit.

All proceeds from admissions go to Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, to support this event. This event is made possible by the support of Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, the DoubleTree by Hilton of Johnson City, and the Comfort Inn of Johnson City.

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25th Annual SIEGE OF FORT WATAUGA

May 18 and 19, 2019

 

On Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will host over 200 living history re-enactors for the 25th annual Siege of Fort Watauga. Colonial, British, and Native re-enactors will converge at the re-created Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals to relive the days when America’s first frontier was the land beyond the blue ridge.

The Siege of Fort Watauga is a live retelling of the Cherokee attack brought upon the settlers of the Watauga valley in the summer of 1776. At Sycamore Shoals, Fort Watauga offered protection to nearly 200 settlers during a two-week siege led by Cherokee War Chief, Old Abram, and 300 warriors.

Sycamore Shoals will once again be the scene of war during the Siege of Fort Watauga. The event lasts from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 18th and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 19th. Step back in time as you visit the fort, militia camps, British loyalist encampment, and Native American camp. Be immersed in the 18th century as you witness daily aspects of colonial frontier life. See the clash of two cultures as the attack on fort Watauga is recreated at 1:00 pm on Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sunday. Also, attend our auction of 18th century reproductions on Saturday.

During the event, take advantage of colonial merchants selling period wares in “Sutler’s Row”. There will be several vendors offering a myriad of 18th century reproduction items for the colonial enthusiast or the primitive decorator. Vendors this year include; Zettlemoyer Pottery specializing in hand crafted redware and stoneware pottery, C. Read Apothecary carrying perfumes, ointments, and creams, The Kentucky Trading Post offering 18th century reproduction clothing and accouterments, Ft. Vause Outfitters specializing in finished leather goods, Windhil Woolens offering hand processed and dyed woolen goods such as yarn, blankets, and clothing, Walnut Hill Embellishments specializing in 18th century reproduction and historically inspired jewelry, and several other vendors offering everything from 18th century reproduction clothing, weaponry, and original antiques, to replica housewares and military accouterments.

Several Revolutionary War living history units will be in attendance and will make the 18th century come to life during the weekend. Units include the 1st Maryland based in Hendersonville, NC, Musgrove’s Mill Militia and the South Carolina Rangers based in upstate South Carolina, Johnston County Militia based in Nashville, Salisbury District Militia from western North Carolina, and British units; the 71st Highland Regiment, and the British Legion. The host unit is the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia based at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Also, enjoy musical entertainment from The Sons of Liberty and the Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps. Numerous individuals also participate in the event portraying many 18th century walks of life including Cherokee Natives, Backcountry Hunters, Farmers, Housewives, Indentured Servants, Commoners and Gentry.

For more information on this and other exciting events at Sycamore Shoals please contact the park at 423-543-5808 or visit the park’s website at www.sycamoreshoalstn.org. Admission to the event is free so bring the entire family and see how your ancestors played a crucial role in our region’s history and in the formation of our nation. Witness the 18th century come to life, hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke, and come “Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty” at the Siege of Fort Watauga. This event is sponsored by The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia and The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 18th

10:00   Posting the Colors

11:00   Butter Making

11:30   Early American Music with the “Sons of Liberty”

12:00   Our Daily Bread: Baking in the Earthen Oven

1:00     Battle Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga – Part 1”

1:30     18th Century Field Music: Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums

2:00     Patience Cooper: Enterprising Woman of the Frontier

3:00     Auction (18th century reproductions, clothing, housewares, books and much more)

4:00     Living History Camps Close for the day.

 

Sunday, May 19th

10:00   Event Opens.

10:30   Militia Muster and Inspection

11:00   18th Century Worship Service

12:00   Early American Music with the “Sons of Liberty”

12:30   Medicinal Plants and Frontier Naturalists

1:00     Our Daily Bread: Baking in the Earthen Oven

2:00     Battle Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga – Part 2”

2:30     18th Century Field Music: Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums

3:00     Retiring the Colors

 

Ongoing Demonstrations & Activities Throughout the Weekend

Native American Camp, Colonial Games, Medicinal Plants, Salt Making, Frontier Public House, Blacksmithing, 18th Century Laundress, Colonial Land Surveying, Weaving, 18th Century Market Faire, Hand Sewing, Flax Processing, Woodworking, Colonial Music, Open Hearth Cooking, Flintlock Firearms, Militia Encampments, British Loyalist Camp, And Many More Aspects of 18th Century Life!

 

 

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

 

423-543-5808

 

www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

 

 

 

 

 

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Ranger Led Programs in May!

 

Carter Mansion Tour

Wednesday, May 1 @ 11:00 am

Cost: $7.00 for adults. $3.00 ages 7 – 17

6 and under are free

Max: 15

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

Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, April 30.

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Join Ranger Davis 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. Tour will be given in 18th century period clothing. Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, April 30. Cash payments must be made at the park office during regular operating hours prior to registration cut-off date. The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

 

Tomahawk Throwing Workshop

Wednesday, May 1 @  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost: $5.00

Max: 5

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

Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, April 30.

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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 gloves and water, all other supplies will be provided. Cash payments must be made at the park office during regular operating hours prior to registration cut-off date

 

Sabine Hill Tour

Wednesday, May 22  @ 11:00 am

Cost: $7.00 for adults. $3.00 ages 7 – 17

6 and under are free

Max: 16

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

Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, May 21.

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Join Ranger Hayslett for a tour of Tennessee’s most remarkable example of Federalist architecture. The home of the Taylor family, Sabine Hill is a unique and beautiful home that documents the period of East Tennessee in transition from frontier to metropolitan. Cash payments must be made at the park office during regular operating hours prior to the tour. The historic Sabine Hill site is located at 2328 W G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

 

Frontier Fiddlin’

Wednesday, May 22 @ 2:00-3:00 pm

Cost: $7.00 for adults. $3.00 ages 7 – 17

6 and under are free

Max: 16

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

Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, May 21.

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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. The historic Sabine Hill site is located at 2328 W G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

 

Information:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN   37643

423-543-5808

 

 

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