Sycamore Shoals State Park takes Independence on the Frontier virtual

Published 4:42 pm Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park has altered their annual Independence on the Frontier event to virtual this year. 
Chad Bogart, the curator of the museum, said the decision to do so was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We did several Facebook Live programs while the park was shut down because we still wanted to provide people with knowledge of what happened here, and we had a really good response, so we decided to try that type of thing for this event,” he explained.
While restrictions on gatherings were lessened after the decision was made, the original idea of a virtual substitute was left in place. 
Bogart called this virtual event a test-run and provided a breakdown of what will be occurring, noting that the event’s page on Facebook provides a full breakdown of the virtual program schedule. 
Bogart said that the major differences between this virtual ceremony and the usual will be social distancing and not many people in the shots. Those participating will be volunteers and those who work for the site.
Certain parts of it could be whoever is presenting on camera with Bogart filming. 
Other events are currently up in the air for now in regards to whether they will be in person, virtual, or not at all. Bogart explained that “Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals” was canceled this year, which would’ve been its 42nd year. 
While major events remain to be decided on, Bogart said that daily events are still happening in-person.
These events include things like tours of Sabine Hill. While these are in person, however, registration is needed online for distancing practices. Guests may choose whether or not to wear a mask.
Prices vary on these events, but most are free. 
For more information about Independence on the Frontier – A Virtual Living History Event, you can go to
For information on updates regarding events, online, and in-person with the park, one can visit
“Go to our Facebook page. We’ve got the schedule of what’s going to be happening. Pick out the ones that interest you and take the time to see them,” Bogart said.
“It’s going to be a little different of course, for everyone, but a wealth of information is going to be shared.”

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