Sycamore Shoals State Park Upcoming Events

Published 11:40 am Tuesday, December 6, 2022

December 9
Christmas Reindeer Sewing Class — 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register for the event. Looking for an adorable craft item to sew for the holiday season? Seamstress and sewing instructor, Donna Horowitz, will help you create this stuffed reindeer decoration to add holiday cheer! Cost: $20 (includes pattern/instructions, stuffing, felt, and eyes). Student provides fabric, thread and buttons for legs, a sewing machine, basic sewing tools and your lunch.
Pre-registration required. Call the park at 423-543-5808. Min: 3 Max: 8
December 10
Overmountain Christmas Open House — 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Park Visitor Center. Please join us at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park for a festive time of Period Carolers, Christmas Stories, the Watauga Valley Art League’s Annual Winterfest Art Show and more. There will be a special activity/project the whole family can participate in making and may be making an appearance. Come do some Christmas shopping in our new Gift Shop. Don’t miss out on getting some unique items you can’t find anywhere else! We look forward to seeing you!
December 11
Carter Mansion Guided Tour — 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at the historic John and Landon Carter Mansion, 1031 Broad St., Elizabethton. Price is 6 and under free, ages 7 to 17 years $5, adult/$9. Register for the event. Join Interpreter Slade Nakoff for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780.
The John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad St., Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.
January 1
“First Footing” at the Historical Carter Mansion — 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion 1031 Broad St., Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Price: $0/Free, $5/Attendee +Donation ($5), $10/Attendee + Donation ($10), $20/Attendee+Donation ($20). Register for Event. Join Park Staff for a New Year’s Day visit to the oldest frame house in Tennessee. Built circa 1775, the historic Carter Mansion boasts architectural details which are quite elaborate when compared to most homes on the frontier. Enjoy the beauty of this site and learn about 18th century New Year and 12th Night traditions and superstitions such as first footing, queen’s cake, and the kissing bough.
The walking tour is very easy however there are several stairs to manage during the house tour.

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