Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!

250th Anniversary of the Watauga Association 1772 – 2022 

January 2022 – Programs and Events 

Sabine Hill Guided Tour      

Friday, January 7, 2022                                                                                   1:00 pm

Thursday, January 13, 2022                                                                            1:00 pm

Saturday January 22, 2022                                                                              11:00 am

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free

Tax included                                                                                                    Max:  6

Registration required – 

Join park staff for a guided tour of this stately home built by Mary Patton Taylor, widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor. The site has been described as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the State of Tennessee. During your tour you will have the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the influential Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century.

Sabine Hill is located at 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Please note, only portable toilet facilities are available at this time. Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.

Carter Mansion Tour

Thursday, January 6, 2022                                                                              1:00 pm

Monday, January 17, 2022                                                                                          1:00 pm

Sunday, January 23, 2022                                                                               2:00 pm

Adults – $9.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free

Tax included                                                                                                    Max:  6

Registration required –

Join park staff 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.

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

Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather. 

“First Footing” At the Historic John & Landon Carter

Saturday, January 1, 2022                                                                                           1:00 pm

Pre-registration required –

Join park staff for a New Year’s Day visit to the oldest frame house in Tennessee. Built circa 1775, the historic Carter Mansion boasts architectural details which are quite elaborate when compared to most homes on the frontier. Enjoy the beauty of this site and learn about 18th century New Year and 12th Night traditions and superstitions. The event is free, however a reservation is required. Tour is subject to cancellation in the event of significantly inclement winter weather.

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

Old Christmas at Fort Watauga

Saturday, January 8, 2022                                                                               10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, January 9, 2022                                                                                 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Christmas isn’t over yet!  In the 18th century colonial Americans celebrated a holiday on January 6th called Old Christmas.  Visit Fort Watauga to learn about the 12 days of Christmas and discover the European roots of our modern holiday celebrations.  Contact the park for detailed schedule.

Watauga Valley Art League Meeting & Guest Speaker

Sunday, January 9, 2022                                                                                 1:30 pm

All are welcome to join our area artists for their monthly meeting, highlighted by an art related presentation.  This month Mr. Travis Graves, Chairman of the ETSU Art Department, will be presenting on sculptures.


Fellowship English Country Dancing

Sunday, January 16, 2022                                                                                           1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome! The afternoon will include the opportunity to learn dances from different worldwide cultures.  No cost to attend. Open to anyone, with or without experience or a partner.  Meet in the Visitor Center.  Sponsored by the Sabine Hill Social Society.


Audition for Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals!

Saturday, January 15, 2022                                                                             1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 23, 2022                                                                               1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Interested in performing in Tennessee’s official outdoor drama?  We invite you to audition for this fun and unique interpretation of the American Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands.  Our 2022 performances will be held in June this year, so mark your calendars now!


2022 Performance Dates:

Friday & Saturday: June 3rd & 4th; and June 10th & 11th

Thursday, Friday & Saturday: June 16th, 17th, & 18th; and June 23rd, 24th, & 25th


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, January 23, 2022                                                                                           1:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month.  Old time musicians of all levels are welcome.  Don’t play an instrument?  Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!

For further information, Call – Sycamore Shoals State Park at 423-543-5808


Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday             1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.

Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.

In the event of extremely inclement winter weather, contact the park about program cancelations and park office closings.


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park – 1651 W. Elk Avenue- Elizabethton, TN 37643