Going back to 1776

Published 8:18am Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will be a busy place this weekend with reenactment activities for the Siege of Fort Watauga.
Close to 200 reenactors are expected to be at the park for the event. The Siege will tell the story of 1776 Cherokee attack on the settlers at Fort Watauga.
Activities will begin at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The camps will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Siege of Fort Watauga 2014 Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 17
• 10 a.m. Camps Open
• 10:30 a.m. Raising the Colors & Militia Inspection (Fort Watauga)
• 11 a.m. Kids Militia Drill (Talbot’s Meadow – in front of Fort Watauga)
• 11:30 a.m. “Cherokee Weapons and War” (Native Camp)
• 12 p.m. “Ms. Jane”, Colonial Frontier Slave Narrative: Lynette Stuart (Fort Watauga)
• 1 p.m. Battle Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga”
• 2 p.m. “Recruitment of Children into His Majesty’s Service” (British Camp)
• 2:30 p.m. Field Music: Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums (Fort Watauga)
• 3 p.m. Auction (Visitors Center)
• 4 p.m. Salt Making on the Frontier: Jim Boardwine (Fort Watauga)
• 5 p.m. Camps Close
Sunday, May 18
• 10 a.m. Camps Open – Worship Service (Fort Watauga)
• 11 a.m. Militia Inspection (Fort Watauga)
• 11:30 a.m. “Cherokee Culture & Lifeways” (Native Camp)
• 12 p.m. Colonial Games (Fort Watauga)
• 1 p.m. Battle Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga”
• 1:30 p.m. Field Music: Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums (Fort Watauga)
• 2 p.m. Ladies Tea & Sunday Social – Everyone Welcomed (Fort Watauga)
• 3 p.m. Retiring the Colors (Fort Watauga) Event Closed
Ongoing Activities Throughout the Weekend
• Cherokee Lifeways and Demonstrations
• Corn Shuck Dolls and Corn Shelling
• Salt Making
• Tavern Keeping
• Leather Work
• Weaving
• Pine Needle Basketry
• Hand Sewing
• Knitting
• Flax Processing
• Colonial Music
• Storytelling
• Open Hearth Cooking
• Flintlock Firearms Demonstrations
• 18th Century Militia Encampment
• British Camp
18th Century Market Fair
• Ft. Vause Outfitters
• Daniel Boone of Kentucky
• Carolina Threads
• Grubbs Station
• Wintergreen Farms
• Roy Carter
• Trader Bob
• Wiley House Shoppe
• Shaun Harley: Pewterer

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