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Sycamore Shoals: History at Home

June 7 - June 24

History at Home begins Wednesday, June 7th

at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park would like to introduce our Seasonal Interpretive Rangers for the 2017 summer season!  They will be providing a wide variety of educational and entertaining interpretive programs for all ages, sharing the inspirational history of our park and region.  You can find their offerings at www.sycamoreshoalstn.org under “Monthly Interpretive Programs/History at Home.” Please make is a point to a join us for this summer series!   The History at Home series is offered in addition to our already scheduled monthly programs which include workshops, music jams, the Liberty! outdoor drama, and so much more!

Jessica Newell is currently a graduate student at East Tennessee State University working towards a degree in Archival Studies. She has been fascinated by history ever since a trip to Colonial Williamsburg with her family at the age of seven. Experiences such as dressing in period clothing and holding aloft the group’s candlelit lantern during a haunted tour of the Historic Area stayed with her for years to come. She began volunteering as a historical reenactor at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in 2008 and enjoys sharing the past with visitors in the same immediate fashion that had so captivated her as a child. She received her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana in May of 2016. An internship working with county government records inspired her to pursue a career in historic archives. This summer, she looks forward to sharing her love of history with visitors as a Seasonal Interpreter at Sycamore Shoals.

Stuart Neely Shelton has a history of interpretive work. While living in Newport News, Virginia, he volunteered at the Virginia Living Museum as a trail and touch tank interpreter. When not volunteering at the Virginia Living Museum, Mr. Shelton participated in American Civil War reenactments and Living History events. After moving to Flag Pond, Tennessee during his junior year of High School, Mr. Shelton still volunteered whenever he could. During the summer, he volunteered at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee. There, he portrayed a Union soldier and showed what life was like for the average Civil War soldier. In addition, he took guests on tours around the Tipton-Haynes property. After graduating from East Tennessee State University in May 2017, Stuart Shelton is now working as a Seasonal Interpreter Ranger at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. Here, he intends to help make the history of Sycamore Shoals, the Carter Mansion, and Carter County come alive for guests of all ages and backgrounds.

Below you will find their programs which begin Wednesday, June 7 – 24, 2017.   For additional information, please contact the park at 423-543-5808.

 

Thursday, June 22nd

 

11:30 am: Living in the Wilderness: the Long Hunter– Discover how an 18th century Long Hunter would live in the Appalachian frontier. Meet Stuart at the wooded area next to the fort gates.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

3:30 pm: Cemetery Symbolism– Ever wonder what the artwork on historic gravestones meant? Head out across the lawn after the tour of the Carter Mansion to translate the language of cemetery symbolism in the Carter, Thomas, and community plots.

 

Friday, June 23rd

 

10:30am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. See what a typical soldier would have carried in his haversack to withstand army life, and how he would load and fire his rifled musket. Meet in Fort Watauga.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

3:30 pm: Walking Tour of Fort Watauga: Join Jessica at the back doors of the Visitor Center for a short walking tour of Fort Watauga and hear about the significant events that occurred at Sycamore Shoals during the 18th century.

 

Saturday, June 24th                                             

 

10:00 am-12:00 pm: Park Clean-up- The Muster Grounds of Sycamore Shoals is where over 1,000 men gathered on September 25, 1780 to volunteer to protect the freedom of the people in what would later become the great State of Tennessee! Come and follow in that same volunteer spirit of our forefathers and help in a variety of chores including cleaning up Fort Watauga and the surrounding grounds, invasive plant removal, litter pick-up, and other manual labor tasks. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and gloves if you have them. We will provide gloves for those who do not have their own. Meet in the Visitor Center lobby.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

3:30 pm: Musket Firing Demonstration– Meet Stuart in the fort for a demonstration of the loading and firing of the Brown Bess musket.

 

Sunday, June 25th 

 

10:30 am-1:00 pm: Life in the Fort– Join Jessica in the fort to discover the daily occupations of settlers taking refuge in Fort Watauga during the 1770s.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Tuesday, June 27th  

 

11:30 am: Lifestyles of Whites and Cherokee Indians– Come see how the Cherokee Indians and white settlers survived in the frontier wilderness. Stuart will share how these two groups used the local animals and plants for food and clothing, as well as customs and tools for war and hunting. This program will also share the impact of their interaction in this area during the 18th century. Meet at the fort’s main gate.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

3:30 pm: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience- Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. See what a typical soldier would have carried in his haversack to withstand army life, and how he would load and fire his rifled musket. Meet in Fort Watauga.

 

Wednesday, June 28th

 

11:30 am: Weapons of the 17th Century– Witness how soldiers in the 1600s fought and what weapons they used on the battlefields of Europe. Meet Stuart outside the main gate of Fort Watauga.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

 

Thursday, June 29th

 

11:30 am: the Colonial Laundress– Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to experience the subtle art of doing laundry in the 18th century. This essential task was performed by women both in the home and while following the military on campaign.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

3:30 pm: Rifle and Musket Comparison– Join Stuart inside the fort for a comparison of the two weapons which faced off during the American Revolution, the Brown Bess musket of the British Army and the American long rifle. Discover the differences between these weapons and their different uses on the battlefield.

 

 

Friday, June 30th

 

11:30 am: Beliefs of the Cherokee– Gather to hear Cherokee myths and legends that have been passed down through time. Meet Stuart at the picnic area next to the Visitors Center.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

3:30 pm: Working with the Earth– Discover how the 18th century gardener raised and used vegetables and herbs in the Carter Mansion kitchen garden, an essential part of everyday life.

 

Saturday, July 1st

 

10:00 am- 4:00 pm: Independence on the Frontier: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga– Experience the 4th of July, 18th century-style! What did colonists think about a new nation? Be a guest in Fort Watauga as news of Independence arrives to the colonial frontier. Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future. The Celebration will take place on Saturday; the muster will continue until 3 pm on Sunday.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Sunday, July 2nd

 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Independence on the Frontier: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga- Experience the 4th of July, 18th century-style! What did colonists think about a new nation? Be a guest in Fort Watauga as news of Independence arrives to the colonial frontier. Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Please Note: There will not be a Carter Mansion tour on July 4th. Please join us July 5th at 2:00 pm.

 

Wednesday, July 5th           

 

11:30 am: Wearing History– Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to explore 18th century modes of dress and how the Watauga settlers made and wore clothing on the frontier.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Thursday, July 6th

 

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience– Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. See what a typical soldier would have carried in his haversack to withstand army life, and how he would load and fire his rifled musket. Meet in Fort Watauga.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

3:30 pm: Fort Tour- meet at the back doors of the Visitors Center for an informative stroll through Fort Watauga and discover how settlers in the 1770s defended their homes and changed the course of the American Revolution.

 

Friday, July 7th

 

11:30 am: Musket Firing Demonstration– Meet Stuart in the fort for a demonstration of the loading and firing of the Brown Bess musket.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

3:30 pm: Cemetery Symbolism– Ever wonder what the artwork on historic gravestones meant? Head out across the lawn after the Carter Mansion tour to translate the language of cemetery symbolism in the Carter, Thomas, and community plots.

 

 

For more information contact:                                                                                            www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park                                                                       www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

1651 West Elk Avenue                                                                                            www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

Elizabethton, TN 37643                                                              www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

(423) 543-5808

 

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

History at Home

Ranger Programs: June 7th – June 21st

 

Seasonal Interpretive Rangers – Stuart Shelton and Jessica Newell

 

Wednesday, June 7th  

 

11:30 am: Wearing History- Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to explore 18th century modes of dress and how the Watauga settlers made and wore clothing on the frontier.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

3:30 pm: Lifestyles of Whites and Cherokee Indians- Come see how the Cherokee Indians and white settlers survived in the frontier wilderness. SIR Stuart Shelton will share how these two groups used the local animals for food and clothing. Also, the plants grown by both groups will be shown. The ways members of both groups armed themselves for war and hunting will also be revealed. Lastly, the impact of the Cherokees and whites interacting with each other will be shared. Please meet outside the fort, near the open gate.

 

Thursday, June 8th

 

10:30am: Games and Diversions- Join Stuart and Jessica inside Fort Watauga and try your hand at 18th century children’s games, fun for all ages. 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Nature’s Whistles: Join Stuart and Jessica by the Butterfly Garden at Sycamore Shoals to make whistles out of objects found in nature.   

 

Friday, June 9th                                                

 

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. If interested, meet at the Carter Mansion.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Musket Firing DemonstrationMeet Stuart at the back porch of the visitor center for a demonstration of the loading and firing of the Brown Bess musket.

 

 

 

Saturday, June 10th

10:30 am-1:00 pm: Life in the Fort- Join Stuart and Jessica in the fort to discover the daily occupations of settlers taking refuge in Fort Watauga during the 1770s. 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Flint and Steel Fire-making Demonstration- Join Stuart in the fort for a demonstration of 18th century flint and steel fire starting.

 

 

Sunday, June 11th  

 

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. See how a Civil War soldier would load and fire his musket!  If interested, meet at the Carter Mansion.

                 Working with the Earth- Discover how the 18th century gardener raised and tended vegetables and herbs in the Carter Mansion kitchen garden, an essential part of everyday life. 

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

3:30 pm: Cemetery Symbolism- Ever wonder what the artwork on historic gravestones meant? Head out across the lawn after the tour of the Carter Mansion to translate the language of cemetery symbolism in the Carter, Thomas, and community plots.

 

Tuesday, June 13th

9:30 am: 18th Century Encampment- Join Stuart and Jessica in the fort to experience life in a Revolutionary War – era camp.

11:30 am: Rifle and Musket Comparison: Join Stuart behind the visitor center for a comparison of the two weapons which faced off during the American Revolution. Corbin will demonstrate the Brown Bess musket of the British army and the American long rifle. Discover the differences between these weapons and their different uses on the battlefield.

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Nature Walk- Meet Jessica behind the Visitor Center for a walk along the river the natural surroundings of Sycamore Shoals.

 

Wednesday, June 14th

 

9:30 am: Beliefs of the Cherokee: In the coolness of the morning, gather round and hear Cherokee myths and legends that have been passed down through time. Please meet Stuart at the field near the park’s Butterfly Garden. While seating will be provided, feel free to bring your own chairs.    

 

 

Wednesday, June 14th  (continued)

 

11:30 am: Wearing History- Join in the Visitor’s Center/ Fort Watauga to explore 18th century modes of dress and how the Watauga settlers made and wore clothing on the frontier.

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour – Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

 

Thursday, June 15th

10:30 am: Games and Diversions- Join Stuart and Jessica inside Fort Watauga and try your hand at 18th century children’s games, fun for all ages. 

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. See how a Civil War soldier would load and fire his musket!  If interested, meet at meet at the Carter Mansion.  

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Flint and Steel Fire-making Demonstration- Join Jessica in the fort for a demonstration of 18th century flint and steel fire starting.

 

 

Friday, June 16th

9:30 am: the Colonial Laundress – Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to experience the subtle art of doing laundry in the 18th century. This essential task was performed by women both in the home and while following the military on campaign. Discover stain-removing and bleaching concoctions whose decendants are used for washing clothes today.

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. See how a Civil War soldier would load and fire his musket! If interested, meet at the Carter Mansion.  

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30 pm: Mourning Rituals of the 18th Century- Head over to the cemetery across the lawn after the Carter Mansion tour to discover the funerary practices and mourning rituals of the 1700s.

 

Saturday, June 17th

10:30 am-1:00 pm: Life in the Fort- Join Stuart and Jessica in the fort to discover the daily occupations of settlers taking refuge in Fort Watauga during the 1770s. 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

3:30: Weapons of the 17th Century- Witness how soldiers in the 1600s fought and what weapons they used on battlefields in Europe. If interested, meet Stuart at the field near the park’s Butterfly Garden.

 

Sunday, June 18th           

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience- Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 to hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. See how a Civil War soldier would load and fire his musket!  If interested, meet at the Carter Mansion.

                 Working with the Earth- Discover how the 18th century gardener raised and tended vegetables and herbs in the Carter Mansion kitchen garden, an essential part of everyday life. 

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Tuesday, June 20th

 

9:30 am: the Colonial Laundress – Join Jessica inside Fort Watauga to experience the subtle art of doing laundry in the 18th century. This essential task was performed by women both in the home and while following the military on campaign. Discover stain-removing and bleaching concoctions whose decendants are used for washing clothes today.

11:30 am: Living in the Wilderness: the Long Hunter- Come see how a 18th Century Long Hunter would live while in the Appalachian Frontier. If interested, meet at the field near the park’s Butterfly Garden.

 

 

2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

Wednesday, June 21st

 

9:30 am: the 18th Century Tavern- Join Stuart and Jessica at the tavern inside the fort for a look at travel accommodations and social activities of the Watauga settlers.

11:30 am: Carter County’s American Civil War Experience: Meet a Union soldier stationed in Carter County in 1864 and hear about how the Civil War affected this area. Also see what a typical Civil War soldier would have in his haversack in order to withstand army life. See how a Civil War soldier would load and fire his musket!  If interested, meet at meet at the Carter Mansion.  

 2:00 pm: Carter Mansion Tour- Built by Watauga settlement leaders, John and Landon Carter in 1775, a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame home is a must!  Adults – $5.00 (cash only please); 17 and under free.

 

 

 

 

 

The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton,TN 37643

Take a left out of the Park. Go to the 5th red light and bear left. Then go to the 4th red light (Food City will be on your right) then continue across the highway. The Carter Mansion is the 4th house on the left.

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For more information contact:                                                                                      www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park                                                                 www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

1651 West Elk Avenue                                                                                        www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

Elizabethton, TN 37643                                                          www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

(423) 543-5808

 

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Sycamore Shoals State Park
1651 W Elk Ave
Elizabethton, TN 37643 United States
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