From music festivals, car races, history, heritage, food and everything in between. Here's your guide.
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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park: History at Home
June 22 - June 26
Wednesday June 22nd
10:30 a.m. “How to Start a Fire with Flint and Steel” –Join Matthew Simerly in the fort as he teaches you how
to build and start a fire with flint and steel just like the frontier settlers. Learn how make your fire-starting kit, a
useful skill for hikers, campers, and any outdoors loving person. Duration: 30 minutes.
2:00 p.m. “The Everyday Apprentice” –The road of an apprentice during the 18 th century was a hard one. Slade
Nakoff will be describing the everyday life of an apprentice and their trials and tribulations. Meet in the
visitor’s center. Duration: 30 minutes.
Thursday June 23 rd
10:30 a.m. “Scrimshaw, what is that?” –Join Slade Nakoff as he discusses the art of scrimshaw and its history
as well as demonstrating different techniques and methods. Meet in front of the fort. Duration: 30 minutes.
2:00 p.m. “Long Hunters, Who Were They?” –Come down to the fort and join Matthew Simerly as he explains
who long hunters were, what they did, and how they explored Tennessee and Kentucky. Learn how these men
opened up the lands west of the Appalachian Mountains to be settled, and what drove these men to explore
beyond the frontier and into the wild west of the 1760s. Duration: 30 minutes.
Friday June 24 th
10:30 a.m. “Quillwork” –Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates the process of quillwork, a predecessor to
beadwork achieved with porcupine quills. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 30 minutes.
2:00 p.m. “A Chat with a Continental Soldier” –Today Matthew Simerly will explain the equipment of the
common soldier, their daily duty, and experiences. From the clothes they wore to the food they ate, see what the
men faced as they fought for our independence. Duration: 30 minutes.
Saturday June 25 th
10:30 a.m. “Brain Tanned Deer Hide” –Leather was an important commodity as well as a trade item during the
18 th century. Join Slade Nakoff as he starts the historical process of making leather. Duration: 30 minutes.
2:00 p.m. “Kids Militia” –Calling all kids! Report to Fort Watauga for training under the command of Matthew
Simerly. Kids will learn about the Militia’s role in the American Revolution by experiencing the basic drill and
the equipment they used. This program allows kids to connected with their history in a fun and hands on way.
Ideal for kids 6 to 12. Duration: 30 minutes.
Sunday June 26 th
10:30 a.m. “Dress to Impress, 1770s style” –Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man” and in the 1770s it
was especially true. Head up to the visitor’s center and listen to Matthew Simerly as he discusses the fashion of
the time and the function of those clothes. You’ll learn how social standing, ethnic background and
geographical region shaped how people dressed in the time of the American Revolution. Duration: 30 minutes.
2:00 p.m. “Firearms of the 18 th century” –Join Slade Nakoff as he demonstrates how firearms of the 18 th century
function and describes their construction. Meet in the visitor’s center. Duration: 20 minutes.