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Independence on the Frontier: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park 

July 24, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Independence on the Frontier 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park 

Saturday, July 24th 

10 am – 4 pm

Step back in time 245 years to a colorful revolutionary world and witness life on the colonial frontier during a very tumultuous time. In the summer of 1776 colonial leaders met in Philadelphia to draft a document that would forever change the world. By today’s standards information traveled slowly in the 18th century. As our guests to Fort Watauga, you too can be part of the excitement as news of American Independence finally reaches the colonial frontier. What did the colonists think about a new nation? 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 takes place on Saturday, July 24th as members of the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, host living history organization at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, will be garrisoned in and around Fort Watauga. The militia muster will include a myriad of activities throughout the weekend allowing guests the opportunity to step back in time and experience daily life on the colonial frontier in 1776. The highlight of the day will be a special reading of the Declaration of Independence given inside Fort Watauga at 1:00 in the afternoon. The event is free and open to the public. 

Extend your Independence celebrations and bring the entire family out for a day full of history, patriotism, education, and family fun. The event will run from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 24th 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643.

For more information about Sycamore Shoals please contact the park at 423-543-5808 or visit us at:





July 24, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
1651 W. Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643 United States
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