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Siege of Fort Watauga

May 21 - May 22

On Saturday, May 21 st and Sunday, May 22 nd , Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will host
nearly 150 living history re-enactors for the 27 th annual Siege of Fort Watauga. Colonial, British,
and Native re-enactors will converge at the re-created Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals to relive
the days when America’s first frontier was the land beyond the blue ridge.

Join us from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm each day as Sycamore Shoals once again becomes the scene
of war during the Siege of Fort Watauga. Step back in time as you visit the fort, militia camps,
British encampment, and Native American camp. Be immersed in the 18 th century as you witness
daily aspects of colonial frontier life. See the clash of two cultures as the attack on fort Watauga
is recreated both days at 1:30 pm.

During the event, take advantage of colonial merchants selling period wares in “Sutler’s Row”.
There will be several vendors offering a myriad of 18 th century reproduction items for the
colonial enthusiast or the primitive decorator including clothing, weaponry, replica housewares
and military accouterments. Vendors this year include Ft. Vause Outfitters specializing in
finished leather goods, Walnut Hill Embellishments showcasing 18 th century reproduction and
historically inspired jewelry, Trader Bob offering a wide selection of hides and pelts, Charles
Carter Knives featuring an array of reproduction blades and knifework, and Old Goat Trader
offering vintage and repurposed items.

Several Revolutionary War living history units will be in attendance and will make the 18 th
century come to life during the weekend. Units include the 2 nd Regt. SC Continental Line, the
South Carolina Rangers, and Musgrove’s Mill Militia all based in South Carolina, and British
units; the 71 st Highland Regiment, the British Legion, and the Southern Indian Dept. The host
unit is the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia based at Sycamore Shoals
State Historic Area. Also, enjoy musical entertainment from the Watauga Valley Fife & Drum
Corps. Numerous individuals also participate in the event portraying many 18 th century walks of
life including Cherokee Natives, Backcountry Hunters, Farmers, Housewives, Commoners and
Gentry.

Returning this year will be the Auction of 18 th century reproductions and colonial inspired goods
at 3:00 on Saturday afternoon. The auction is always an entertaining event and has become quite
popular with re-enactors and members of the public alike. It’s a great buying opportunity for
those in the living history hobby, the home decorator, or the general history buff. All proceeds
from the auction go directly to offset the cost of producing the Siege of Fort Watauga event.
For more information on this and other exciting events at Sycamore Shoals please contact the
park at 423-543-5808, log on to tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals or visit us on Facebook.
Admission to the event is free so bring the entire family and see how your ancestors played a
crucial role in our region’s history and in the formation of our nation. Witness the 18 th century
come to life, hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke, and “Share in the Glorious
Cause of Liberty” at the Siege of Fort Watauga. This event is sponsored by The Washington
County Regiment of North Carolina Militia and The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic
Park. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Avenue in Elizabethton,
TN.

Siege of Fort Watauga – Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 21
10:00 Militia Muster & Posting of the Colors – (Fort Watauga)
10:30 Salute to the Women of Watauga – (Sons of the American Revolution ~ Amphitheater)
11:00 Chickamauga or Cherokee: Was it a Choice? – (Mark Ledford ~ Native Camp)
11:30 “Our Daily Bread” Baking in the Earthen Oven –
(David Simerly ~ Fort Watauga Bread Oven)
12:00 Cherokee Cooking – (Sherry Finchum ~ Native Camp)
12:30 A Warrior’s Preparations – (Malaciah Taylor ~ Southern Indian Department Camp)
1:30 Battle Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga – Part 1” & Revolutionary War Tactical
Demonstration (Please move to the spectator viewing area 15 minutes prior to battle)
2:30 Kids Militia Drill – (Talbot’s Meadow)
3:00 Auction – (Visitor Center Gathering Room)
4:00 Event Closed for the Day – Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of living history!
Sunday, May 22
10:00 Event Opens
10:30 Militia Muster and Inspection – (Fort Watauga)
11:00 18 th Century Worship Service – (Fort Watauga)
11:30 Chickamauga or Cherokee: Was it a Choice? – (Mark Ledford ~ Native Camp)
12:00 Cherokee Cooking – (Sherry Finchum ~ Native Camp)
12:30 “Our Daily Bread” Baking in the Earthen Oven –
(David Simerly ~ Fort Watauga Bread Oven)
1:30 Battle Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga – Part 2” & Revolutionary War Tactical
Demonstration (Please move to the spectator viewing area 15 minutes prior to battle)
2:30 A Warrior’s Preparations – (Malaciah Taylor ~ Southern Indian Department Camp)
3:00 Kids Militia Drill – (Talbot’s Meadow)
3:30 Retiring the Colors – (Fort Watauga)
4:00 Event Closed

Details

Start:
May 21
End:
May 22
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Organizer

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
Phone:
423-543-5808
Website:
www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

Venue

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
1651 W. Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643 United States
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Phone:
423-543-5808
Website:
www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

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