Sycamore Shoals State Park to hold Open House Saturday

Companies and other organizations host exhibitions year-round to bring awareness to products and services to the community. Not many organizations, however, offer experiences in and of themselves.

As other stores and organizations host open houses to showcase what they have to offer, Sycamore Shoals State Park decided they wanted to hold one, as well.

Employee Leslie Brockley said the park has not hosted a true open house in several years.

“We were sitting around, and we realized we had not done an open house in a while,” Brockley said. “So we said ‘Let’s do it.’”

The program, called the Overmountain Christmas Open House, will feature a variety of activities, including a meeting with Santa, Christmas carolers and several vendors.

Brockley said the open house is a chance to experience the history the Sycamore Shoals area has to offer.

“Everyone there will be dressed in period clothing,” she said.

She said the clothing, which will be stylized like Revolutionary War-period clothing, is an homage to the first settlers to the East Tennessee region.

“A lot of people participate in reenactments all the time, so they bring their own attire, but we have our own costuming department as well,” she said.

Brockley said history is paramount to the Sycamore Shoals experience.

“This was where the Founding Fathers first crossed the Line of Demarcation, where King George said not to cross,” Brockley said. “This is what we are all about. We have such a rich history here.”

Unlike other open house events, the park only decided to hold theirs about a month ago, after hosting similar events like the Christmas Wreath exhibition this year and Christmas Trees in previous years.

“Getting 10 to 15 vendors and carolers in proper attire is not easy,” Brockley said.

Despite this, Brockley said she is hoping visitors can get a feel for the park’s significance in East Tennessee history and culture.

“We hope people come by and enjoy it,” she said.

The open house will take place on Saturday, December 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The park has been in operation for decades. Visitors can stop by at 1651 W Elk Ave, or call at 423-543-5808.

BREAKING NEWS

Second arrest made in murder investigation after man’s remains found in buried freezer

Community

Fish and Chicken Feast June 1 at Boozy Creek

Local news

Hampton man still sought on murder, other charges in connection with body unearthed in freezer

Local news

Elizabethton dedicates first mural despite heavy downpour

Local news

Elizabethton Water Resources lifts boil water notice after line break 

Community

Senior Center Schedule

Community

Buster Barnett celebrates 89th birthday on June 3

Local news

Two former HVHS graduates complete prestigious state-wide leadership program

Community

Isaac Whitehead Family plans reunion June 1

Local news

Legendary coach Rider remembered at groundbreaking for $3.75 million fieldhouse

Local news

Nutrition program guides teens to healthier future

Local news

ETSU helping vets turn visions into ventures

Church News

Church Briefs

BREAKING NEWS

NWS Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook for East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Southwest North Carolina

Community

Whitehead Cemetery Assoc. plans Memorial Day Gathering

Church News

Why did Jesus say, ‘Don’t cast your pearls before swine?’

Local news

The Drop Collaborative partners with Unaka High School for Award-Winning SAE Program

Local news

Price & Ramey Insurance announces Aaron Hammons as new President/CEO

Local news

Annual Elizabethton Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for Monday, May 27

Local news

Gov. Lee makes pitch to bring Super Bowl to new Titans stadium, NFL commissioner plays coy

Local news

National Trails Day celebrated June 1 in area state parks

Arrests

Johnson City Police arrest Blountville man on aggravated assault, vandalism charges

Local news

Lawsuit: Business partner of alleged serial rapist made extortion payments to Johnson City police

Local news

Memorial Day concert Monday at Sycamore Shoals State Park