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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park to host several events over the coming weeks

BY NIC MILLER
STAR STAFF
nic.miller@elizabethton.com

For those looking for something new and exciting to do in the upcoming weeks, look no further as Sycamore Shoals has you covered with many events taking place at the historic venue.

The first of these events taking place at the park is the 24th annual Knap-In, which consists of the making of various types of stone tools. Leslie Brockley with Sycamore Shoals explained the event more in depth.

“For this event, we will be having a couple of guests demonstrating how to make stone tools, stone arrowheads, etc. This process is how tools and weapons were made back in the 1700’s.”

In the past, visitors were able to register for the event and actually take part in the knapping, however this year the event will be more of a demonstration for people to understand how tools and weapons can be made of stone and all of the things that go into the process.

With that being said, visitors are still encouraged to come out and enjoy the day by learning about primitive tools. This event will take place on both Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The next event coming up soon also takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. and pays tribute to the Overmountain Men and their victory over loyalist forces at the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Brockley also explained this event, saying, “This event is called ‘The Gathering’ and the Sons of the American Revolution will be at the fort. They will be honoring the Overmountain Men for their victory at Kings Mountain with a ceremony, and they will also be hosting a memorial service as well as a ceremonial wreath laying to further honor them.”

With events for both historical buffs and craftsmen alike, you will not want to miss these events coming up in the next week at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

For more information on either of these two events, or any other questions and concerns, contact the park at (423) 543-5808.