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Holiday Felted Ornament Class

Saturday, November 11 from 1 pm until 2:30 pm

 

 As part of our annual Fall Fibers Show and Colonial Harvest Celebration we will be offering a new workshop on wool felting on Saturday, November 11 from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm taught by Nancy Davis. This fun, seasonal class is sure to be a hit!

The class includes instruction and all materials needed to complete one ornament with a registration fee of $12.00. This includes: pattern, instructions, wool blend felt, needle, stuffing, matching thread and buttons if needed. A variety of felt colors will be available for students to choose from. Students will choose a Snowman or Nativity ornament. If you do not finish your project during the class, you should leave with the skills and materials needed to complete your ornament. Students should have a basic knowledge of hand sewing. It would also be helpful to know how to do the buttonhole or blanket stitch. Please bring a pair of sharp scissors to cut the felt. Please register by calling Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808.

In addition to the class, the annual Fall Fibers Show will also include vendors selling handmade fiber oriented goods in addition to spinning and weaving demonstrations.

The Autumn Harvest Celebration presented by the Washington County Militia will take place in and around Fort Watauga. Activities throughout the weekend will include; a reading of colonial governor Richard Caswell’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, open hearth cooking, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, and many more aspects of daily life on the colonial American frontier.

The Fall Fibers Show and Autumn Harvest Celebration take place Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643. For additional information about this and other exciting events at the park please call 423-543-5808.

We look forward to seeing you at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, where you too can “Share in the glorious cause of Liberty”!

 

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Overmountain Weavers’ Guild Fibers Show

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Saturday, March 18, 2017                10 AM to 4 PM

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN will come alive once again on

Saturday, March 18, 2017 for its annual Fiber Fair. On that day many of the most talented

fiber artists of the region will come together to share their talents and their wares. Weavers

will throw their shuttles, spinners will ply their yarns, and botanists will transform tough

plant stalks into silky fibers.

 

Visitors will be invited to try their hand at a loom or a spinning wheel!  Knitters and

crocheters will answer questions and give helpful hints about their craft. A children’s craft

table will be available. Guild members will work with both children and adults to create

felt balls from wool.

 

In addition, many area vendors will be selling fine hand-made items throughout

the day. Natural yarns, beautiful jewelry, hand-made scarves, house-wares, mittens, goatfibers-show

milk soap and roving will be for sale.

Refreshments are available all day through

Powers Coffee – for breakfast, lunch or

snacks.

 

For visitors interested in learning to weave, guild members will offer a chance to sign

up for a beginning weaving classes during August 2017. The classes will be held each

Saturday and Sunday in August.  A sign-up sheet will be at the OMWG information desk

at the Fiber Festival.

 

The Fiber Fair is sponsored each year by The Overmountain Weavers’ Guild from

Kingsport.  It is part of the Guild’s mission to keep alive the time-honored skills of

the fiber arts.

 

Admission is free and all are welcome. Come and enjoy a fun and educational day

with the entire family.

 

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 W. Elk Ave.

Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808

 

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

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The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration and Historic Watauga River Crossing

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Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th

It was the year 1780. The tide of the Revolution had turned against the colonists. The British, forced out of New England, gained new allies in the divided South 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. There, at a place called King’s Mountain, they destroyed an army 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 Trail. Come celebrate with us as we recreate the muster of the Overmountain Men, which occurred here at Sycamore Shoals over two hundred years ago. Re-enactors in period clothing will be on hand throughout the weekend to share stories of the excitement and danger of that tumultuous time.

The weekend long celebration is a must for the whole family as the Washington County Militia present living history demonstrations and activities in and around Fort Watauga. As part of the weekend’s activities, we will celebrate National Public Land’s Day on Saturday, September 24th. At 1:00 pm join Historic Interpreter Chad Bogart on a special guided walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path. Discover the vital role Sycamore Shoals played in the early frontier community, and how its significance would impact our nation’s history. Hear the story of the Overmountain Men and their historic gathering at Sycamore Shoals.

On Sunday, September 25th local author, journalist, and historian Robert Sorrell will be on hand from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm signing his recently published book, Historic Homes of Northeast Tennessee, by Arcadia Publishing. The book focuses on residences from the colonial period to the Victorian period in the communities of northeast Tennessee where a number of architectural styles can be seen including mountain log cabins, brick Federal-style residences, Georgian, Colonial, and Victorian mansions, urban apartment dwellings and row houses. Books will be available for purchase by cash or check for $22 each.

The culmination and highlight of the event occurs at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 25th as the Overmountain Victory Trail Association recreates the historic Watauga River crossing. For the past 41 years Members of the OVTA have recreated this historic occurrence since 1975, following the same route and timetable as their legendary forebears from Abingdon, VA to Kings Mountain, SC. Immediately following the river crossing members of the OVTA will share the story of the campaign to Kings Mountain in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater.

While enjoying the activities of the weekend, be sure to visit the award winning museum and interpretive center, and don’t miss the park’s interpretive film “Sycamore Shoals – Story of the American Spirit”. Also visit the Eastern National Book and Gift Shop to take home a special souvenir or a gift for the history buff or avid reader in your family. It will be a fun filled and action packed weekend sure to entertain and educate all ages. Admission is free so bring the entire family and relive some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution.

 

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National Public Lands Day Hike – Saturday at 1 pm – Walking in Frontier Footsteps

 

2016 EVENT SCHEDULE

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th  

 

10:00 – “Raising the Colours”Join The Overmountain Men inside Fort Watauga as they assemble for morning instructions, militia inspection and posting the flag. 

11:00 – “Gearing up for War” – Join Major Ledbetter inside Fort Watauga and learn about the equipment and weapons carried by the Overmountain Men in their campaign to Kings Mountain. 

11:30 – “Echoes of Revolution” – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums and learn about martial music of the 18th century.

12:00 – “Every Seventh Man” – Oral tradition states that the Overmountain Men left behind one in seven to guard the settlements as they went in search of the tory army. Witness the Watauga Home Guard drill and hone their skills as defenders of the frontier. Learn about the different firearms used in Colonial America.

12:30 – “Tunes of the Times – The Smith Brothers will share a delightful set of tunes and songs form the American Colonial period. 

1:00 – “Trail Talk: Walking in Frontier Footsteps” – To celebrate National Public Lands Day, join historic interpreter Chad Bogart for a guided walk along the park trail as he recounts the story of the Overmountain Men, their historic gathering at Sycamore Shoals and . Program begins at Fort Watauga.

1:30 – “Echoes of Revolution” – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums for an exciting glimpse into the musical world of the 18th century.

2:00 – “Life on the Homefront” – Come to the Talbot House for a look at the woman’s role on the 18th century frontier. See how the women and children fared after the militia had marched off in search of Patrick Ferguson and the Tory army.

3:00 – “Every Seventh Man” – Learn about the different firearms used in Colonial America.

4:00 – Camps Close – Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of life on the colonial frontier!

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th  

 

10:00 – 3:00 – Meet the Author – Join local journalist Robert Sorrell, author of the book Historic Homes of Northeast Tennessee, in the park visitors center to learn more about this latest book which will be available for purchase. 

10:00 – “Raising the Colours”Join The Overmountain Men inside Fort Watauga as they assemble for morning instructions, militia inspection and posting the flag. 

11:00 – Worship Service – Feel free to join the militia for Sunday morning service held in the courtyard of Fort Watauga. Following the service witness the Washington County Militia fall in for inspection of arms, and orders are given for the day. 

12:00 – “Every Seventh Man” – Oral tradition states that the Overmountain Men left behind one in seven to guard the settlements as they went in search of the tory army. Witness the Watauga Home Guard drill and hone their skills as defenders of the frontier. Learn about the different firearms used in Colonial America.

1:00 – “Life on the Homefront” – Come to the Talbot House for a look at the woman’s role on the 18th century frontier. See how the women and children fared after the militia had marched off in search of Patrick Ferguson and the Tory army. 

2:00Watauga River CrossingMembers of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association and other 18th century reenactors re-create the historic crossing of September 25th, 1780.

Following the Crossing – Story of the Kings Mountain Campaign – Members of the OVTA will present a first person account of the events leading to, and during the Battle of Kings Mountain. Program presented in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater. 

3:00 – Retiring the Colors – Camps Close – Thank you for joining us for a great day of frontier living history. Join us next time! 

 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES FOR BOTH DAYS INCLUDE:

Open Hearth Cooking – Flintlock Musket & Rifle Demonstrations – Militia Drill

Colonial Music – Leatherwork – Colonial Games – 18th Century Camp Life

And Much More!!!

All activities are weather dependent. Schedule is subject to change or cancellation.

 

 

 

For more information, contact

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Ave

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808

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