Sycamore Shoals State Park Upcoming Events

Published 8:14 am Wednesday, January 25, 2023

January 29
Audition for Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals.  2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Meet at the Gathering Place in the Visitor Center. Register for the event. Interested in performing in Tennessee’s official outdoor drama? We invite you to audition for this fun and unique interpretation of the American Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. Our 2023 performances will be held in June this year, so mark your calendars now!
February 1
Flint and Steel Fire Starting Basics — 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Price is $5 and register for the event. How would you make a fire without the modern conveniences of a lighter or matches? Discover this fundamental 18th century skill by joining Ranger Jason Davis for a hands-on tutorial about basic flint and steel fire starting tips and techniques. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you’d like.
February 1
Walking in Frontier Footsteps – 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at the picnic area near Kiosk. Price is $5 and register for the event. Join Ranger Davis for a special guided interpretive walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path. Discover the historical events that took place surrounding Sycamore Shoals and their significance to the formation of our State and Country. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Meet in the Visitor Center at 3 p.m. Please no pets. Hike is by reservation only and subject to cancelation due to significantly inclement weather.
February 2
Carter Mansion Guided Tour — 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion 1031 Broad St. Elizabethton, TN 37643
Price: 6 and under is free, $5 ages 7 to 17, $9/adults and register for the event. Join Park Ranger Jason Davis 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.
Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.
February 2
Freedom and Firelocks — 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. Price is $5 and register for the event. How did a frontier militia made up of hunters and farmers win one of the most pivotal battles of the American Revolution against the best-trained army in the world? Join Ranger Jason Davis to discover how our freedom was won by our forefathers as we take a look at the tools that defeated tyranny. The evolution of firelock technology from matchlock, flintlock, and percussion will be discussed and we’ll also compare and contrast the rifle and the musket. The program will end with a bang as we fire off the flintlock musket! Meet in the Visitor Center lobby at 1 p.m.
February 4
Audition for Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals  2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Meet at the Gathering Place in the Visitor Center. Register for the event. Interested in performing in Tennessee’s official outdoor drama? We invite you to audition for this fun and unique interpretation of the American Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. Our 2023 performances will be held in June this year, so mark your calendars now!
February 4
Raised Bed Gardening with Ben Hunter — 9 a.m. – noon. Meet at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Visistor Center. Price is free, $5/attendee +$5 donation, $10/attendee + $10 donation, $20/attendee +$20 donation. Register for the event. It’s not too early to be planning and building your spring garden. Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams! Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.
February 5
Fellowship English Country Dancing — 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Visitor Center. Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome! The afternoon will include the opportunity to learn dances from the early 19th century. No cost to attend. Open to anyone, with or without experience or a partner. Meet in the Visitor Center. Sponsored by the Sabine Hill Social Society.
February 6
Historical Sewing Class — 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at the Gathering Place in the Visitor Center. Looking for some help sewing your historical attire? Sewing instructor Donna Horowitz will be on hand to help you with the details. Topics covered: pattern alteration for sizing, maximizing yardage with pattern layout, general sewing terms/techniques. Starting with the colonial period and moving forward — these classes are open to any period time traveler.
Student to bring all needed supplies, sewing machine, basic sewing tools. Power cords and use of an iron will be provided. Class is open to sewing students ages 16 and up.
Class fee: $35 for both sessions (6 hours). Pay on day of class.
Register by calling Park Visitor Center.
February 7
Audition for Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals  2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Meet at the Gathering Place in the Visitor Center. Register for the event. Interested in performing in Tennessee’s official outdoor drama? We invite you to audition for this fun and unique interpretation of the American Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. Our 2023 performances will be held in June this year, so mark your calendars now!
February 13
Historical Sewing Class — 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. — Meet at the Gathering Place in the Visitor Center. Looking for some help sewing your historical attire? Sewing instructor Donna Horowitz will be on hand to help you with the details. Topics covered: pattern alteration for sizing, maximizing yardage with pattern layout, general sewing terms/techniques. Starting with the colonial period and moving forward — these classes are open to any period time traveler.
Student to bring all needed supplies, sewing machine, basic sewing tools. Power cords and use of an iron will be provided. Class is open to sewing students ages 16 and up.
Class fee: $35 for both sessions (6 hours). Pay on day of class.
Register by calling Park Visitor Center.

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