Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

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October 2021- Programs and Events

Carter Mansion Tours

October 9, 23                                                                                                  11:00 am

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

Tax included                                                                                                   Max:  6

Registration required –

Join Interpreter Slade Nakoff 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.

Sabine Hill Tours 

October 16, 30                                                                                                11:00 am

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

Tax included                                                                                                   Max: 6

 Registration required –

Join Interpreter Matthew Simerly 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. 

Bird Walks with the Lee and Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

Saturday, October 2, 9, 16, & 23 2021                                                           8:00 am

Meet other birders and naturalists at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season.

Tomahawk Throwing Workshop

Tuesday, October 5                                                                                         9:00 am – 10:00 am

Cost: $5.00                                                                                                      Max: 6

Pre-registration required –

Discover the unique skill of 18th century tomahawk throwing by joining Ranger Jason Davis for a hands-on tutorial.  Topics will include the versatile applications of the tomahawk on the early American Frontier as well as proper technique and release for throwing with safety and accuracy.  No children younger than 12. Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring your own water, all other supplies will be provided. Please don’t bring your own tomahawk unless it is an 18th century reproduction. Meet inside Fort Watauga, subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather. 

Walking in Frontier Footsteps

Saturday, October 7, 2021                                                                              12:30 pm

Admission: $5.00                                                                                            Max: 10

Registration required –

Join Ranger Cory Franklin for a special guided interpretive walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path. Discover the historical events that took place surrounding Sycamore Shoals and their significance to the formation of our State and Country.  This special guided hike will be taking place on the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain.  Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Portions of the walk will include ground that may not be flat or solid for people with mobility challenges.

Please no pets.

Genealogy Workshop

Tuesday, October 12, 2021                                                                             6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Admission: $5.00                                                                                            Max: 10

Registration required –

Have you ever wondered if your ancestors might have some of the very first settlers here in East Tennessee?  Would you know how to go about finding out?  Join Melodie Daniels, Joe Penza, and Leslie Brockley for an informational evening of tips, tricks, suggestions, and sites that you can use to research and find your ancestral history!

Laptop, Tablet, or Smartphone required!

Gardening Series with Ben Hunter

Tuesday, October 16, 2021                                                                             9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Admission: Free                                                                                              Max: 35

Registration required –

Get ready for Spring:  Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  The program meets in the park Gathering Room.

 Fellowship English Country Dancing

Sunday, October 19, 2021                                                                              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. 

Scary Stories at Fort Watauga

Sunday, October 28, 2021                                                                              7:30 pm

Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river.  But don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted… Or Is It?!?!  Join us for an evening of family friendly stories, songs, and tales that are sure to send a shiver down your spine and tickle your funny bone. 

Small Works Art Show  

Sunday, October 17 – October 31

Reception: Sunday, October 17, 2021                                                            1:30 pm

Display of 8 x 10 or smaller works by members of the Watauga Valley Art League are featured during this art event. 

Sabine Hill Social Society – Historic Halloween

Sunday, October 31, 2021                                                                              2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Admission: Free                                                                                              Max: 25

Registration required –

The program will feature music, songs, storytelling, and a cake walk! Special guests include The Appalachian Clarinets, a local quartet providing seasonal tunes.  Dress in an outfit from any period of time, if desired.  This is a free event with light refreshments provided.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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