Independence on the Frontier and Militia Muster

 

Friday, June 28th through Sunday, June 30th  

 

Step back in time 243 years to a colorful revolutionary world and witness life as it was on the 18th century frontier during a very tumultuous time. In the summer of 1776 colonial leaders met in Philadelphia to draft a document that would forever change the world. As our guest to Fort Watauga, you too can be part of the excitement as news of American Independence reaches the colonial frontier. What did the colonists think about a new nation? Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.

The celebration kicks off at 6:30 PM on Friday, June 28th with a concert entitled “Echoes of Independence: An Evening with The Sons of Liberty” presented in ‘The Gathering Place’ of the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park invites you to take a musical journey back in time to the 18th century and join brothers Joshua, Daniel, & Noah Smith, known as The Sons of Liberty, for a delightful evening of historic songs and stories. From lively jigs and reels, to flowing classical sounds; The Sons of Liberty bring to life the music of the 18th century through their mastery of the violin, viola, and cello.

Come hear the sounds and songs that entertained and inspired our country’s founding generation, and get an early start on your 4th of July celebrations! A reception including light refreshments will follow the concert.

Evening Schedule:

6:30 – Doors Open

7:00 – The Sons of Liberty

8:00 – Reception

8:30 – Close

Admission to the concert is $7.00. Pre-registration is required. Please log on to the following website to register and purchase tickets – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals. Cash payments may be made at the park office during regular business hours prior to June 28th.

The celebration continues throughout the weekend as the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, host living history organization at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, will be encamped in and around Fort Watauga. The militia muster will include a myriad of activities throughout the weekend allowing guests the opportunity to step back in time and experience daily life on the colonial frontier in 1776. The highlight of the weekend will be a special reading of the Declaration of Independence given each day inside Fort Watauga. The Events on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public.

Get an early start on your Independence celebrations and bring the entire family out for a weekend full of history, patriotism, education, and family fun.

The event will run from 10:00 until 4:00 on Saturday, June 29th and 10:00 until 3:00 on Sunday, June 30th.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643.

For more information about Sycamore Shoals please contact the park at 423-543-5808 or log on to these websites:

http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org or

https://tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals.

 

Independence on the Frontier: Schedule of Events

 

Friday, June 28th

“Echoes of Independence: An Evening Concert with the Sons of Liberty”

Fee and pre-registration required

6:30pm – Doors Open

7:00 – The Sons of Liberty

8:00 – Reception

8:30 – Close

 

Saturday, June 29th

10:00 – Posting the Colours: Start the day off with a bang as the militia falls in for inspection and posts the flag with a patriotic ceremony.

11:00 – Patience Cooper – Enterprising Woman of the Frontier: Join Ramona at the Cock & Bull Publick House in Fort Watauga to hear the intrepid story of Patience Cooper.

12:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the Fort’s 3 Pounder.

1:00 – Food Through Time: Join Laura in the fort as she stirs up some culinary history. Enjoy a taste of the past as she tells how today’s food is influenced by 18th century culture.

2:00 – Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Join in the excitement as the document declaring our freedom from Great Britain is read publicly inside Fort Watauga.

2:30 – ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – 243 Years Later”: Join Mr. Simerly for a look at the legacy of those stirring words from the Declaration of Independence.

3:00 – Fifes & Drums: The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps will perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War era.

3:30 – Militia Drill: The Washington County Militia demonstrates the tactics and firearms used during the Revolutionary War.

4:00 – Camps Close to the Public: Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of 18th century living history.

 

Sunday, June 30th      

10:00 – Posting the Colours: Start the day off with a bang as the militia falls in for inspection and posts the flag with a patriotic ceremony.

10:30 – Worship Service: Join us for Sunday Service held inside Fort Watauga.

12:30 – Patience Cooper – Enterprising Woman of the Frontier: Join Ramona at the Cock & Bull Publick House in Fort Watauga to hear the intrepid story of Patience Cooper.

1:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the fort’s 3 Pounder.

1:30 – “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – 243 Years Later”: Join Mr. Simerly for a look at the legacy of those stirring words from the Declaration of Independence.

2:00 –  Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Join in the excitement as the document declaring our freedom from Great Britain is read publicly inside Fort Watauga.

2:30 – Fifes & Drums: The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps will perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War era.

3:00 – Militia Drill & Retiring the Colours: The Washington County Militia demonstrates the tactics and firearms used during the Revolutionary War, then retires the flag. Event Closed.

Ongoing Activities Throughout the Weekend Will Include…

Open Hearth Cooking, 18th Century Weaponry, Medicinal Herbs and Plants, Militia Camps, Colonial Era Music, Frontier Fort Life, and Much More!!!

Schedule is subject to change or cancellation in the event of inclement weather

 

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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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