Crowe, Holsclaw present proclamation in honor of 250th year of Watauga Association

Published 12:56 am Sunday, June 12, 2022

The second weekend of the presentation of the 43rd year of Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals came with special recognition from the Tennessee House and Senate.

State Sen. Rusty Crowe and State Rep. John Holsclaw Jr. presented a proclamation signed both legislators along with Gov. Bill Lee and others recognizing the 250th year of The Watauga Association.

The Watauga Association was a semi-autonomous government created in 1772 by frontier settlers living along the Watauga River in what is now Elizabethton, Tennessee. Although it lasted only a few years, the Watauga Association provided a basis for what later developed into the state of Tennessee and likely influenced other western frontier governments in the trans-Appalachian region.

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“This is kind of a sacred place that most people are shocked when they find out about the first form of organized government in our nation started right here,” said Crowe. “Think about that.”

Holsclaw said, “The bottom line is that we tend to forget about history because we get too busy. Like Rusty said, this is one of the most significant places in Tennessee and the nation. It is a hidden gem that most people don’t even take enough time to come to.”

The drama is the official outdoor drama for the State of Tennessee. Upcoming shows will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday June 16-18 and June 23-25.

It is presented in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater which offers bleacher-style seating.

All drama photos by Ivan Sanders.