Watauga Association presents ‘live history’ events to celebrate 250th anniversary

Published 2:08 pm Monday, April 11, 2022

STAFF REPORT

The Watauga Association celebrated its 250th anniversary at Sycamore Shoals Historic State Park on Saturday.

The Watauga Association is the nation’s first form of official government and was created by the settlers along the Watauga River. They celebrated the anniversary by welcoming speakers and reciting scenes from “Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals.”

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The re-enactors of the park also provided “live history” events for everyone attending the commemoration. These events gave insight into how life was for the first settlers at Sycamore Shoals.

Participants joined Sycamore Shoals staff for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house built by Col. John Carter between 1775 and 1780. Those in attendance enjoyed the detailed 18th century interiors, hand carved moldings, and over-mantle paintings as they passed through this elegant frontier home.

The events ranged from interactive scenes to handmade items that would have existed during the American Revolution. The Daughters of the American Revolution were also present and presented wreaths to honor the event.

Overall, the commemoration was an important event that honored and celebrated local history.