Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

 

January 2023 – Programs and Events

 

Carter Mansion Tour Thursday, January 12th                                                                                      1:00 pm

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

Tax included                                                                                                             Max:  15

Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

Join Park Ranger Cory Franklin 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.

 

Sabine Hill Guided Tour      

Friday, January 13th                                                                                          1:00 pm

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

Tax included                                                                                                            Max:  15

Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

Join Park Ranger Cory Franklin 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.

 “First Footing” At the Historic John & Landon Carter Mansion

Sunday, January 1st                                                                                                 1:00 pm

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

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 7th                                                                                         10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, January 8th                                                                                           10:00 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

Sunday, January 8th                                                                                           1:30 pm

All are welcome to join our area artists for their monthly meeting, highlighted by an art related presentation.

 

Historical Sewing Class

Monday, January 9th                                                                                          1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Monday January 23rd                                                                                         1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Class fee: $35.00 for both sessions (6 hours) – Pay on day of class.

Register by calling the park visitor center.

Looking for some help sewing your historical attire?  Sewing instructor Donna Horowitz will be on hand to help you with the details.  Topics covered: pattern alteration for sizing, maximizing yardage with pattern layout, general sewing terms/techniques.  Starting with the colonial period and moving forward – these classes are open to any period time traveler.

Student to bring all needed supplies, sewing machine, basic sewing tools.  Power cords and use of an iron will be provided.

Class is open to sewing students ages 16 and up.

 

Reticule Sewing Class

Saturday, January 14th                                                                                       12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Class fee: $25.00 – Pay on day of class.

Register by calling the park visitor center.

Join instructor Donna Horowitz for an afternoon of sewing women’s reticules. These small handbags were designed at the end of the 1700’s when women’s fashions moved away from the use of a separate pocket. They were used for many reasons and women carried multiple reticules with contents ranging from basic necessities to yarn for knitting. These bags remain in use for today’s needs.

Class fee to include pattern/instruction for 4 separate reticules, sample fabric and thread, Decorative lace /trim will not be supplied. This class is designed for sewing machine use but hand sewing is welcome. Student to provide sewing machine, basic sewing tools (scissors, pins, seam ripper), lunch/snack.

Class is open to those who sew ages 14 and above.

 

Fellowship English Country Dancing

Sunday, January 15th                                                                                              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!

Sunday, January 29th                                                                                            2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Saturday, February 4th                                                                                          2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sign up now at: https://qrco.de/bdRNE6

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 2023 performances will be held in June this year, so mark your calendars now!

 

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, January 22nd                                                                                             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

423-543-5808

 

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