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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

 

Independence on the Frontier

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 30th & July 1st

 

Step back in time 242 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 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 giving visitors a glimpse of life in 1776. A myriad of activities will unfold throughout the weekend such as militia drill and training, artillery firing demonstrations, open hearth cooking, tomahawk throwing and a special reading of the Declaration of Independence.

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 30th and 10:00 until 3:00 on Sunday, July 1st. 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

Independence on the Frontier: Schedule of Events

 Saturday, June 30th

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

11:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the fort’s cannon.

12:00 – Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War.

1:00 – 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.

2:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration: Learn about 18th century artillery as the Militia fires the Fort’s Cannon.

3:00 – Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War.

3:30 – Militia Drill & Retiring the Colours – The Washington County Militia demonstrates the tactics and firearms used during the Revolutionary War, and then retire the flag for the day.

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

Sunday, July 1st     

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

11:00 – Worship Service: Join us for Sunday Service held inside Fort Watauga.

12:00 – Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform martial and field music of the Revolutionary War.

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

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.

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

 

Ongoing Activities Throughout the Weekend Will Include…

Open Hearth Cooking, 18th Century Weaponry, Medicinal Herbs and Plants, Militia and

Frontier Camps, Colonial Era Music, Colonial Games, and Much More!!!

 

 

 

Liberty! to offer reduced admission opening night, July 13th

 

Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is pleased to be able to offer special ticket pricing for opening night, Thursday, July 13th!

“First Night” is an exciting time for our Liberty! cast who have been working and practicing tirelessly since early April preparing for the 39th season of Liberty! On Thursday, July 13th, adults and seniors can attend Liberty! for a reduced price of $9.00 per person!

New this year, we wish to thank all of our 1st Responders for their service and dedication. On “First Night,” Thursday, July 13th, 1st Responders and an escort will be admitted for Free!

 

The drama is presented for nine nights each July running Thursday through Saturday, July 13 – 15; 20 – 22; and 27 – 29.The box office opens nightly at 6 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm.

We also offer the option to purchase your tickets in advance, online at www.TheLibertyDrama.com.   All seating is general admission.  Take advantage of this new service to insure your admission on the night of your choosing. Tickets may also be purchased on-site the night of the performance, with a maximum seating capacity of 450 total seats.

Tickets are $14.00 for Adults; $11.00 for Seniors (55 & up); $6.00 for Children (6 to 17 yrs); and 5 and under are free. Friends of Sycamore Shoals members are $7.00 and must present their membership card at the box office. Concessions will also be available each night.

On Thursday, July 20, Liberty! will honor our veterans by offering them free admission to the show, along with an escort.

Mark your calendars now and join us for this great opportunity to see the story of nationally significant events unfold in a dramatic presentation performed on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals with the reconstructed Fort Watauga as the backdrop. Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals is a two act outdoor drama depicting four major events that took place in the late 18th century within the Watauga Settlement now present day Elizabethton, TN.

These events reflect the rich and vast historical significance that surround Sycamore Shoals and the East Tennessee region as a whole, and the role that early settlers played in the formation of a new nation. Visiting The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee is a great way to see these stories unfold. Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals begins its 39th season Thursday, July 13, and continues for a three-weekend run.

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, A to Z Rentals, Big John’s Closeouts, Bristol Herald Courier, the City of Elizabethton, Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce, Elizabethton Electric, Elizabethton Star, Holston Gas, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times News, LeBleu, the Loafer, A! Magazine for the Arts, Universal Printing, John & Susan Kubenka, Michael & Lynne Barnett, WJHL TV-11, WCYB TV 5.

 

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park 

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808

 

 

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