Sycamore Shoals Monument ceremony set for Sept. 15

Published 5:06 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The John Sevier – Sarah Hawkins and Bonny Kate Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapters will rededicate the Sycamore Shoals Monument in Elizabethton at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) members will participate in the activities, along with the SAR Color Guard and Children of the American Revolution (CAR) will also assist in the ceremony. The public is invited to attend the event, which is free of charge. Limited parking is available across from the monument on West G Street.

The monument was restored last year by artist Mary Ruden. A concrete base surrounding the monument was added this year. With the help of the Elizabethton Fire Department, the river rock that was missing from the top of the 13-foot-high monument for many years was reset.

Originally created on Sept. 26, 1909, the monument was made by the John Sevier Chapter, Bonny Kate Chapter in Knoxville and Sycamore Shoals Chapter in Bristol. The dedication ceremony took place in 1919 with over 3,000 attending.

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Sycamore Shoals Monument was one of the first of many markers erected by the John Sevier Chapter for their “Marking the Kings Way” project. The Elizabethton monument celebrates the location of where the Overmountain Men, under the leadership of Sevier, Shelby and Campbell, rendezvoused before setting out for Kings Mountain. Historians often describe the battle as a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

For more information, email or visit the John Sevier-Sarah Hawkins Chapter DAR Facebook page.