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Colonial Harvest Celebration marks November events at Sycamore Shoals

A number of events are scheduled throughout the month of November at Sycamore Shoals State Park, the Carter Mansion, and Sabine Hill.
The highlight of the month will be the Colonial Harvest Celebration Nov. 14 and 15 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. The celebration Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Events will be held at Fort Watauga as the Washington County Militia gathers to celebrate recent victories in the War for Independence and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. The weekend will feature living history presentations and demonstrations of 18th Century frontier life.
Another November event worth penciling on your calendar is the Walking in Frontier Footsteps – After Thanksgiving Day Hike Friday, Nov. 27, beginning at 9 a.m.
Park staff will lead a guided walk on the park grounds and along portions of the walking path. They will share about historic events that took place around Sycamore Shoals and their significance in the formation of our state and country. 
The walk is free, but pre-registration is required by visiting www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals.
Also, during the month there will be guided tours Nov. 7, 8, and 21 and 22 at the Carter Mansion. The tours will begin at 11:30 a.m. and there will be a cost of $8.
Season Interpreter Taylor Moorefield will lead the tours of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, located at 1031 Broad St. The tour lasts about one hour.
Tours of Sabine Hill State Historic Site are scheduled Nov. 14 and 15 at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for ages seven to 17. Ages six and under can participate free.
Seasonal Interpreter Laura Ellis will lead the tours of this stately home which has been described as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the state. She will share information about the influential Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century. The tour will last about one hour.
Living History demonstrations will be held at Fort Watauga Nov. 11, Nov. 14, and 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Members of the park’s interpretive staff will demonstration a particular aspect of colonial frontier life — from woodworking and musket demonstrations to open-hearth cooking or quill pen writing.
Also, mark your calendar for Dec. 4 and 5 for Christmastide at the Carter Mansion at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
Take a step back in time as historical interpreters guide visitors through the candle rooms of Tennessee’s oldest frame house decorated for Christmas as it would have been in 1780 with greenery and candles. Learn about the Christmas customs and traditions of the Carter family and their neighbors as they celebrated the month-long season of Christmastide.
Registration opened Nov. 1. For more information call Sycamore Shoals Park at 543-5808.