History at Home – June 7 – 21

History at Home begins Wednesday, June 7th

at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park!

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park would like to introduce our Seasonal Interpretive Rangers for the 2017 summer season! They will be providing a wide variety of educational and entertaining interpretive programs for all ages, sharing the inspirational history of our park and region. You can find their offerings at www.sycamoreshoalstn.org under “Monthly Interpretive Programs/History at Home.” Please make is a point to a join us for this summer series!   The History at Home series is offered in addition to our already scheduled monthly programs which include workshops, music jams, the Liberty! outdoor drama, and so much more!

Jessica Newell is currently a graduate student at East Tennessee State University working towards a degree in Archival Studies. She has been fascinated by history ever since a trip to Colonial Williamsburg with her family at the age of seven. Experiences such as dressing in period clothing and holding aloft the group’s candlelit lantern during a haunted tour of the Historic Area stayed with her for years to come. She began volunteering as a historical reenactor at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in 2008 and enjoys sharing the past with visitors in the same immediate fashion that had so captivated her as a child. She received her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana in May of 2016. An internship working with county government records inspired her to pursue a career in historic archives. This summer, she looks forward to sharing her love of history with visitors as a Seasonal Interpreter at Sycamore Shoals.

Stuart Neely Shelton has a history of interpretive work. While living in Newport News, Virginia, he volunteered at the Virginia Living Museum as a trail and touch tank interpreter. When not volunteering at the Virginia Living Museum, Mr. Shelton participated in American Civil War reenactments and Living History events. After moving to Flag Pond, Tennessee during his junior year of High School, Mr. Shelton still volunteered whenever he could. During the summer, he volunteered at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee. There, he portrayed a Union soldier and showed what life was like for the average Civil War soldier. In addition, he took guests on tours around the Tipton-Haynes property. After graduating from East Tennessee State University in May 2017, Stuart Shelton is now working as a Seasonal Interpreter Ranger at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. Here, he intends to help make the history of Sycamore Shoals, the Carter Mansion, and Carter County come alive for guests of all ages and backgrounds.

Below you will find their programs which begin Wednesday, June 7 – 24, 2017.   For additional information, please contact the park at 423-543-5808.

 

History at Home

Ranger Programs – June 7 – 21

Seasonal Interpretive Rangers – Jessica Newell and Stuart Shelton

 

 

Wednesday, June 7th  

11:30 am: Wearing History- Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to explore 18th century modes of dress and how the Watauga settlers made and wore clothing on the frontier.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free. 

3:30 pm: Lifestyles of Whites and Cherokee Indians- Come see how the Cherokee Indians and white settlers survived in the frontier wilderness. SIR Stuart Shelton will share how these two groups used the local animals for food and clothing. Also, the plants grown by both groups will be shown. The ways members of both groups armed themselves for war and hunting will also be revealed. Lastly, the impact of the Cherokees and whites interacting with each other will be shared. Please meet outside the fort, near the open gate.

 

Thursday, June 8th

10:30am: Games and Diversions- Join Stuart and Jessica inside Fort Watauga and try your hand at 18th century children’s games, fun for all ages.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Nature’s Whistles: Join Stuart and Jessica by the Butterfly Garden at Sycamore Shoals to make whistles out of objects found in nature.

 

Friday, June 9th

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. If interested, meet at the Carter Mansion.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Musket Firing DemonstrationMeet Stuart at the back porch of the visitor center for a demonstration of the loading and firing of the Brown Bess musket. 

 

Saturday, June 10th

10:30 am-1:00 pm: Life in the Fort- Join Stuart and Jessica in the fort to discover the daily occupations of settlers taking refuge in Fort Watauga during the 1770s.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Flint and Steel Fire-making Demonstration- Join Stuart in the fort for a demonstration of 18th century flint and steel fire starting. 

 

Sunday, June 11th  

11:30 am:  Working with the Earth- Discover how the 18th century gardener raised and tended vegetables and herbs in the Carter Mansion kitchen garden, an essential part of everyday life.  

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free. 

3:30 pm: Cemetery Symbolism- Ever wonder what the artwork on historic gravestones meant? Head out across the lawn after the tour of the Carter Mansion to translate the language of cemetery symbolism in the Carter, Thomas, and community plots.

 

Tuesday, June 13th

9:30 am: Living in the Wilderness: The Long Hunter

Come see how a 18th Century Long Hunter would live while in the Appalachian Frontier. If interested, meet at the field near the park’s Butterfly Garden.

11:30 am: Rifle and Musket Comparison: Join Stuart behind the visitor center for a comparison of the two weapons which faced off during the American Revolution. Corbin will demonstrate the Brown Bess musket of the British army and the American long rifle. Discover the differences between these weapons and their different uses on the battlefield.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

 

Wednesday, June 14th

 

9:30 am: Beliefs of the Cherokee: In the coolness of the morning, gather round and hear Cherokee myths and legends that have been passed down through time. Please meet Stuart at the field near the park’s Butterfly Garden. While seating will be provided, feel free to bring your own chairs.  

11:30 am: Wearing History- Join in the Visitor’s Center/ Fort Watauga to explore 18th century modes of dress and how the Watauga settlers made and wore clothing on the frontier. 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Thursday, June 15th

10:30 am: Games and Diversions- Join Stuart and Jessica inside Fort Watauga and try your hand at 18th century children’s games, fun for all ages.

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. See how a Civil War soldier would load and fire his musket! If interested, meet at meet at the Carter Mansion.  

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Flint and Steel Fire-making Demonstration- Join Jessica in the fort for a demonstration of 18th century flint and steel fire starting.

  

Friday, June 16th

9:30 am: the Colonial Laundress – Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to experience the subtle art of doing laundry in the 18th century. This essential task was performed by women both in the home and while following the military on campaign. Discover stain-removing and bleaching concoctions whose decendants are used for washing clothes today.

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. See how a Civil War soldier would load and fire his musket! If interested, meet at the Carter Mansion.  

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Mourning Rituals of the 18th Century- Head over to the cemetery across the lawn after the Carter Mansion tour to discover the funerary practices and mourning rituals of the 1700s.

 

Saturday, June 17th

10:30 am-1:00 pm: Life in the Fort- Join Stuart and Jessica in the fort to discover the daily occupations of settlers taking refuge in Fort Watauga during the 1770s.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30: Weapons of the 17th Century- Witness how soldiers in the 1600s fought and what weapons they used on battlefields in Europe. If interested, meet Stuart at the field near the park’s Butterfly Garden.

 

Sunday, June 18th

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience- Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 to hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. See how a Civil War soldier would load and fire his musket! If interested, meet at the Carter Mansion.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Tuesday, June 20th

9:30 am: the Colonial Laundress – Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to experience the subtle art of doing laundry in the 18th century. This essential task was performed by women both in the home and while following the military on campaign. Discover stain-removing and bleaching concoctions whose decendants are used for washing clothes today.

11:30 am: Working with the Earth – Discover how the 18th century gardener raised and tended vegetables and herbs in the Carter Mansion kitchen garden, an essential part of everyday life.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free. 

 

Wednesday, June 21st

9:30 am: the 18th Century Tavern- Join Stuart and Jessica at the tavern inside the fort for a look at travel accommodations and social activities of the Watauga settlers.

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. See how a Civil War soldier would load and fire his musket! If interested, meet at meet at the Carter Mansion.  

 2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must! Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free. 

 The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton,TN 37643

Take a left out of the Park. Go to the 5th red light and bear left. Then go to the 4th red light (Food City will be on your right) then continue across the highway. The Carter Mansion is the 4th house on the left.

 

For more information contact:           

http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

http://www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

http://www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

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

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808

 

 

 

 

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Native American Festival Performance Schedule!

 

Saturday, June 3     10 am – 8 pm

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

10:30 am – 11:00 am     “The Ancient Cherokee White and Red Government”,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery,

Cherokee, North Carolina

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

                                          Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Mossy Creek Drum Group, and Medicine Ridge Singers

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

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm        “The Importance of Stonecoat to Cherokee Culture”,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

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

                                        Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Mossy Creek Drum Group, and Medicine Ridge Singers

 

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7:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Traditional Evening Campfire –       Bring a blanket or folding chair!

Freeman Owle, Mark and Sherry Finchum, Dale Cloer, Daniel Bigay, Kay Little John

(Located at the far end of the field between the Fort and the Visitor Center, by the edge of the tree line)

 

Sunday, June 4    11:30 am – 6 pm

 

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

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations

                                         Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Mossy Creek Drum Group, and Medicine Ridge Singers

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

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm        “The Ancient Cherokee White and Red Government”,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

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

                                          Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Mossy Creek Drum Group, and Medicine Ridge Singers

 

The interior of the fort will also host a variety of excellent demonstrations, which include a children’s blowgun challenge, beadwork, gourd art, pine needle basketry, stone carving, Cherokee language, wood carving, flint-knapping, corn shuck dolls , native river cane flutes, pottery, and a replicated Cherokee cabin from the early 19th century with historical reenactors, Mark and Sherry Finchum.

Just outside the fort, exceptional Native American arts and crafts will be featured, in addition to ethnic Cherokee food, and a Lakota 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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Native American Festival – June 3rd and 4th!

27th annual

Native American Culture Festival

at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is proud to announce our annual Native American Festival to be held Saturday, and Sunday, June 3rd and 4th , 2017. This educational event provides the opportunity for our visitors to experience many facets of Native American culture, particularly that of the Cherokee.   The event opens on Saturday, June 3rd, running from 10 am until 8:00 pm; and from 11:30 am until 6 pm on Sunday June 4th.   Most activities are held at Fort Watauga, unless it rains. In the event of rain the show will relocate to the Visitors Center.   On Saturday evening, a traditional campfire will be held at the far end of the meadow in front of Fort Watauga at 7:00 pm with several guest storytellers.

This weekend long festival will feature traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, traditional Native American song and dance, Cherokee storytelling and legends, Native American flute, Cherokee language workshops, and craft demonstrations and sales.

A unique feature of the Native American Culture festival is our educational/ demonstration area, located within Fort Watauga. The dance circle is located in the center of the fort, where the popular traditional dance and drum performances take place. In addition, flute music, storytelling, lectures, and so much more take place within the circle, which share native culture and history with our visitors

The interior of the fort will also host a variety of excellent demonstrations, which include a children’s blowgun challenge, beadwork, gourd art, pine needle basketry, stone carving, Cherokee language, wood carving, flint-knapping, corn shuck dolls , native river cane flutes, pottery, and a replicated Cherokee cabin from the early 19th century with historical reenactors, Mark and Sherry Finchum.

Just outside the fort, exceptional Native American arts and crafts will be featured, in addition to ethnic Cherokee food, and a Lakota Tipi exhibit.

In our annual tradition, the circle will host several performances of Native American music, drum, and dance. The dancing demonstrations will include the Fancy Dance and Hoop Dance, the Jingle Dance, the Men’s Traditional, Grass and Straight Dances, and many more. All are invited to dance, so bring your regalia. Newly added will be a demonstration of 18th century Cherokee social dancing. The host of this portion of the event, Dale Cloer, makes his home in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Our featured Cherokee dancers are internationally known hoop dancer Eddie Swimmer, Head Man Emerson Begay, and champion powwow dancer Nikki Crisp! Eddie Swimmer has captivated audiences across the globe using between 36 and 42 hoops. His accomplishments include a former World Champion Hoop Dancer title, performances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and in the World Cup Soccer Tournament in Dallas Texas as well as choreographing the Broadway show hoop dance for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Emerson Begay has competitively placed in many powwows across the Southeastern United States for many years and has been the featured lead male dancer in a multitude of Native American Festivals. He also participates in many educational programs for schools and community events. Nikki Crisp as danced across the world as well, and has been performing for over 20 years. Her talents also include traditional beadwork and authentic frybread cooking. Nikki Crisp will be providing food vending for this event, including her famous Indian tacos.

Our 2017 featured storyteller is Freeman Owle. He is a noted lecturer, historian, and member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, and has traveled all over the eastern United States lecturing to various groups, which include churches, military units, and schools.   Freeman Owle has told stories and presented programs on Cherokee history and culture throughout the Southeast for more than ten years.

Well known in the Cherokee community, Freeman Owle serves on the board of directors of the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual and is a coordinator for the Cherokee Heritage Trails project of the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative. He is one of the featured storytellers in the book Living Stories of the Cherokee, and he also appears in the video documentary Cherokee: The Principal People, which aired on public television in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky.

Our featured speaker is Dr. Michael Abram of the Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery in Cherokee, NC, who will provide a glimpse into Cherokee history and legend. He will give two lectures on Saturday, “The Importance of Stonecoat to Cherokee Culture”, and “The Ancient Cherokee White and Red Government,” inside the circle of Fort Watauga. Dr. Abram has been presenting at this show since its beginning and is owner of the Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery. The gallery is presently being relocated from Cherokee to a location near Chattanooga. Dr. Abram has devoted his life to studying, preserving, and lecturing on Cherokee culture.

Daniel Bigay of Greeneville, TN will entertain with traditional flute music in addition to having his handmade, traditional Cherokee style flutes for sale. Daniel is a flute maker, Artist, Performer/Recording Artist, and demonstrator, who lives with his wife, Kay, in the mountains of Tennessee. He has released two CD’s, the most recent being nominated for best flute recording at the 2005 Indian Summer Music Awards. Daniel and Kay are passionate about education and sharing of the Cherokee culture in the school system, at Pow-Wow’s, and various shows and festivals.

Admission is $6.00 per adult, $1.00 for children. 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, and the Comfort Inn of Johnson City.

 

For information contact

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park  

(423) 543‑5808.

1651 W. Elk Avenue       Elizabethton, TN 37643

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

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

www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

 

 

 

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