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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park: Seasonal Interpreter Programs

August 1 - August 16

Seasonal Interpreter Programs: Aug. 1 st – Aug. 16 th
***In keeping with CDC guidelines to prevent Covid-19, we can host programs for groups of 10 or
less, therefore, all guests MUST register in advance for the listed programs. We encourage attendees
to bring masks and keep 6 feet apart from other guests. Thank you for your understanding and

cooperation***

Registration required: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals or by calling 423-543-5808.

Saturday, August 1 st
10:30 a.m. “Music on the Frontier” – Join Taylor Moorefield and hear history come alive
through song! Taylor will play songs and tunes from the 18 th  century and discuss the ways the
settlers made music, and the important role it played in their daily lives. Meet in the visitor
center. Duration: 30 minutes.
11:30 a.m. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.
2:00 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
Sunday, August 2 nd
1:30 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
3:00 pm. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Duration: 1 hour.
Wednesday, August 5 th
10:30 a.m. “Basic & Advanced Fire starting”-  Join Taylor Moorefield in a thorough
approach to building fires for campouts or hiking adventures. Safety, fire structures, gathering
tinder and kindling, making fire in rain or snow, natural fire starters from bark and tree sap, fire
by friction, flint & steel, plus modern methods with lighters, ferro rods, batteries, trioxane, and
more. Topics and difficulty level will be based on experience level of attendees. All ages
welcome! Meet at the Longhunter Camp, directly below and to the left of Fort Watauga in the
pine forest. Duration: 1 hour.

Wednesday, August 5th continued……
11:30 a.m. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.
2:00 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
2:30 p.m. “Food Through Time” – Laura Ellis will be inside Fort Watauga’s second cabin
stirring up some history- food history, that is! You are invited to join her inside the second cabin
as she tells of how food was prepared and preserved in the 18 th Century, and the cultures that
influenced today’s culinary favorites. Please come and fill your brain! *Guests are prohibited
from consuming this program’s food, so please eat beforehand* Duration: 30 minutes.
Thursday, August 6 th
10:30 a.m. “Colonial Men’s Etiquette” Join Taylor Moorefield in the visitor center for a fun
and fascinating look at how men were expected to behave in the 1800s. From high society
manners to fashion, to Native American culture and trends, we will explore all manner of
etiquette from the colonists and natives. Duration: 30-45 minutes.
11:30 a.m. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.
2:00 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
3:00 p.m. “Women on the Frontier” – Sit down and learn all about the daily lifestyle of
young ladies, upper-class women, and the working housewife in 18 th Century South. Laura Ellis
will hold casual discussions on what women wore, etiquette, and daily chores that were done in
order to keep the home in order. This event will be held in the second cabin inside the fort. *Due
to CDC guidelines, this program is limited to 5 people.* Duration: 30 minutes.
Friday, August 7 th
10:30 a.m. “18 th  Century Coffee!”  –  Coffee, anyone? This amazing drink of the modern
world has a long and fascinating history! Learn about the origins of coffee, how it made its way
to the New World, and how the settlers of our area would have prepared and enjoyed this drink
during the Revolutionary War period. All ages welcome. Meet at Fort Watauga, located behind
the visitor center. Duration: 30 minutes.
11:30 a.m. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.

Friday, August 7th continued….
2:00 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
2:30 p.m. “Creek Crawl” – Laura Ellis will be hosting a “critter hunt” along the trail.
Tennessee’s waterways are prime area for animals large and small to build their homes and
hideouts. The mission is to those creatures and the benefits they bring to the region. Please meet
Laura at the butterfly garden if interested. Catching equipment will be provided and individuals
should prepare to get wet. Children Welcome! Duration: 1 hour.
Saturday, August 8 th
10:30 a.m. “Useful Plants of Appalachia” – Join Taylor Moorefield on an easy hike through
our trails along the beautiful Watauga River. On the hike we will identify and discuss many
plants, trees and flowers along the trail, and any edible and/or medicinal uses they offer.
Traditional uses by Cherokee and settlers will also be discussed. Plant lovers, history enthusiasts,
and self-sufficiency buffs alike will enjoy this program! All ages welcome. Bring water and
dress for the weather. Meet at Fort Watauga, located directly behind the visitor center. Duration:
45 minutes to 1 hour.
11:30 a.m. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.
2:00 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
3:00 p.m. “Let the Colonial Games Begin!” – In the 18 th Century, kids would invent many
different games to pass their time. Laura Ellis will be bringing those games to the 21 st Century in
the field by the butterfly garden, so bring your children, set up a picnic, and enjoy the day
watching or participating in colonial games! Duration: 1 hour.
Sunday, August 9 th
1:30 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
3:00 pm. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Duration: 1 hour.

Wednesday, August 12 th
10:30 a.m. “Fifes and Drums – War Music of the Revolution” Learn all about the Fife and
Drum corps of the Revolutionary War – a vital part of most battles during the time period. You
will get to see authentic reproductions of rope-tension snare drums, fifes and bass drums. Join
Taylor Moorefield in the visitor center. All ages welcome!
11:30 a.m. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.
2:00 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
3:00 p.m. “Frontier Fire-Starting” – Before settlers arrived, the native Cherokee had their
own ways of creating fire for survival. With early European influence, other means of fire-
making crossed the sea to the New World. Taylor Moorefield and Laura Ellis will be
demonstrating the varieties of primitive and paleolithic fire-starting methods practiced on the
frontier. Duration: 30 minutes.
Thursday, August 13 th
10:30 a.m.  “Do Not Forget Your Knots!” – Taylor Moorefield will demonstrate and discuss
several useful knots for camping, shelter building and utility uses. You will get a chance to learn
and practice these knots if you choose. Meet in the visitor center lobby, and we will walk outside
as a group, weather permitting. Otherwise the program will be in the visitor center. Ages 10 and
up.
11:30 a.m. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.
2:00 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
Friday, August 14 th
10:30 a.m.   “Flintlock Demo” Take a closer look at the flintlock rifle and musket – the
standard hunting tools and weapons of war from the Revolutionary War period! Learn all about
the history of this significant weapon, the different types of firearms from the period, and see one
fire in real life. Meet in Fort Watauga, located behind the visitor center. All ages welcome.
11:30 a.m. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.

Friday, August 14th continued…..
2:00 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
Saturday, August 15 th
10:30 a.m.   “How To Pack For An Adventure” – Come learn basic and advanced backpacking
tips, often forgotten items, things you don’t need, and how to ensure you’re ready for your
adventure into the woods – whether it’s for a day or a week! We’ll cover minimalist approaches
all the way up to your own luxurious vacation in nature. All ages welcome. Meet at the visitor
center lobby. Duration: 45 minutes-1 hour.
11:30 a.m. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Meet at Sabine Hill. Duration: 1 hour.
2:00 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
3:00 p.m. “Colonial Letter-Writing” In today’s world of media, the traditional act of letter
writing is increasingly less practiced. Laura Ellis will demonstrate the art behind the main source
of communication on the frontier, including formal etiquette, wax stamping, and the varieties of
message sending during the Revolutionary War. Please meet inside the visitor’s center gathering
place. Duration: 30 minutes.
Sunday, August 16 th
1:30 p.m. “Carter Mansion House Tour” – Join Seasonal Interpreter Taylor Moorefield and
take a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee, home to Landon and Elizabeth Carter – two
prominent settlers of the Carter Family who built their home here in the late 1770s. Learn all
about the Carters and their fascinating place in the history of our area. Duration: 1 hour.
3:00 pm. “Sabine Hill House Tour” – Join Laura Ellis on a walk through time as she talks
about the Taylor family who built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley while
exploring their restored home. Duration: 1 hour.
If you would like to receive updated information throughout the year, please send your email address to

jennifer.bauer@tn.gov
Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Monday – Saturday (Closed for Lunch & Cleaning 11:30 am -1:30 pm)

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Sunday

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays. Park grounds open from dawn until dusk.
In the event of extremely inclement winter weather, contact the park about program cancelations and park office

closings.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park – 1651 W. Elk Avenue- Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808

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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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