Tennessee State Parks

Sycamore Shoals State Park

Upcoming Events

Making Leather Journals

Apr 19

Chenoa Patton will be leading a workshop on the art of making a leather journal. Learn how to bind a soft backed leather journal using artificial sinew and a leather needle. When finished, you’ll have your very own unique and original 6 in. x 8 in. (approximate) journal for writing and drawing! Materials cost $25 and the workshop runs from 1-3 p.m. ET. Participants: 2-10. To hold your place in a workshop, pre-registration and payment is required. Please register early to ensure a spot in the class! To register and for more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Landscape Seminar and Plant Auction

Apr 19

This is a great opportunity to add new species to your landscape! An exciting array of unusual ornamental and native perennials, trees and shrubs will be auctioned during this event. Sponsored by The UT Extension Service, East Tennessee Nursery Association and the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce, the event runs from 9-noon ET. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Making a Vanity Tray Basket

Apr 26

Using a basket construction style that dates back to the Victorian era, Candy Alexander will provide instruction on making vanity tray baskets. The baskets, 6"w x 12"l x 3"h, have a drilled wood base, braided rim and use round reed. Bring garden or kitchen shears, a kitchen towel, pencil spray bottle of water, and 12 small spring clips or clothespins. The workshop from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET costs $25 and is open to 4-15 participants. To hold your place in a workshop, pre-registration and payment is required. Please register early to ensure a spot in the class! For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Community Plant Exchange

Apr 26

From 9-10 a.m. ET the front parking lot will be bustling with plants and people. Bring cuttings and potted outdoor and indoor plants, to exchange for species you don’t have - a fun way to meet other gardeners and increase your collection. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Spinning: Beyone the Basics

Apr 27

Back by popular demand! Bring your questions and join fiber artist Amy Gawthrop from 1:30-4 p.m. ET for this popular class. If you have been dabbling on the spinning wheel for some time or are brand new to the craft, this is the class for you. Maximum 5 students. Cost including fleece is $40 for 1st time students and $15 for returning students. Pre-registration and payment is required. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Wood Dryer Balls Workshop

May 10

Save energy, reduce waste and be environmentally friendly by using a natural alternative to fabric softeners and dryer sheets - wool dryer balls. In our class we will create 4-6 dryer balls from 100 percent wool. In addition to being environmentally friendly, these wool dryer balls shorten drying time, remove wrinkles from clothes while in the dryer and are 100 percent safe for all laundry including cloth diapers. Bring an old towel. Deborah Doan will be leading this workshop for 2-10 participants from 9 a.m. ET to noon. Cost is $30. To hold your place in a workshop, pre-registration and payment is required. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

May 10

Meet other birders and naturalists at 8 a.m. ET at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 20th Annual Siege at Fort Watauga

May 17 – May 18

Step back to a vibrant and dangerous time…America declares Independence in the summer of 1776, and people beyond the mountains build forts, stock powder and sharpen hatchets for the oncoming war. Walk among local legends—the vivacious Bonnie Kate, mysterious Old Abram, dignified Col. Carter, and daring John Sevier—for a glimpse of life on this dark and bloody ground. Colonial, native, and British re-enactors share their past through talks, mini-dramas and demonstrations of 18th century life. Battle re-enactments are held both days. Contact the park for detailed schedule. Hours 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 24th Annual Native American Festival

May 31 – Jun 01

A two-day celebration of our Native American heritage! Award-winning dancers, storytellers, artists and scholars gather at the circle to share knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Discover Native American arts, music and historical legends, with an emphasis on the Cherokee culture. Admission charge. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. ET each day. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 18th Century Eastern Cherokee Style Trade Necklace

Jun 07

In this class you will make an early trade necklace using authentic 150 to 200 year old beads, bone spacers and/or coyote or buffalo teeth. Gary Stevens will be leading this workshop for 1 to 15 people. Workshop is from 10 a.m. ET  to noon. Cost is $25 and includes materials. Pre-registration and payment is required. To register and for more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Independence Celebration and Muster

Jun 28 – Jun 29

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. Activities begin at 10 a.m ET daily with the celebration taking place on Saturday. Activities conclude at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Summer Art Show and Sale

Jun 29 – Jul 27

This multi-media exhibit is two art shows in one: 12th Annual Judged show and the 20th Annual Watauga Valley Art League Member show. Public is invited to meet the artists at the June 29 reception from 1:30-4 p.m. ET and to enjoy the art exhibits through July 27. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals

Jul 10 – Jul 26

Tennessee’s official outdoor drama is presented by local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. Now in its 35th year, the performance depicts the Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. These settlers formed an independent government, made treaties with the Cherokee, defended their homes, and fought a British army at the epic battle of King’s Mountain. Performances are presented every Thursday through Saturday evening, July 17-19 and 24-26. Bleacher seating is available in the amphitheater. Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Admission Charge. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 11th Annual Elizabethton Butterfly Count

Aug 02

Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this day-long winged adventure across town. Come for all or part of the day. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET. Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association and Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. (Rain date to be announced). For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 6"x6” Exhibit by Watauga Valley Art League

Aug 03 – Aug 31

Now in its third year, this fun exhibit showcases miniature masterpieces, 6” by 6” or smaller. Join us for the opening reception on Sunday Aug. 3 from 1:30-4 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 13th Annual Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival

Sep 05 – Sep 07

Celebrate Appalachia’s Celtic heritage! The event opens with a torchlight ceremony at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday night. Clans and family societies will be on hand throughout the weekend to help with family history. Festivities include dance, music, food, vendors, demonstrations, re-enactments of 18th and 19th century heritage and lectures. The festival runs 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with a special musical concert at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission charge. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Sep 20 – Sep 21

Join us for an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780. Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution! Activities begin at 10 a.m. ET each day and end at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Gathering at Sycamore Shoals

Sep 20

Join the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution at 10 a.m. ET for a memorial service and wreath laying service to celebrate the 234th Gathering at Sycamore Shoals. This is a celebration of the Overmountain Men coming together to march to King’s Mountain and defeat Loyalist forces under Col. Patrick Ferguson. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the wreath laying. For more information please contact Ronnie Lail at 423-914-8677 or by email at Wataugatnssar@Gmail.com. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Overmountain Victory Trail March

Sep 25

Since 1975, members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain. This historic re-enactment will take place on Thursday at approximately 2 p.m. ET when marchers will cross the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 233 years ago. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 19th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show

Oct 02 – Oct 05

This four-day exhibition, sponsored by the Sycamore Shoals Stitchers, features a show and demonstrations by local quilters. Bed quilts, wall hangings, holiday and baby quilts, miniatures and antique quilts will be on display. Hours: Thursday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

Oct 04 – Oct 25

Meet other birders and naturalists every Saturday in October, at 8 a.m. ET at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Fort Watauga Knap-In

Oct 04 – Oct 05

Knapping—with a “K”—has nothing to do with sleep! Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the Knap-In at Fort Watauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week. On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET knappers will be showcasing primitive skills, crafting arrowheads, spear points and other survival tools. There will be demonstrations of primitive tools such as the bow, arrow and atlatl throughout the day. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Spinning and Fiber Meet

Oct 11

Join area fiber artists and producers for a day of spinning, felting, workshops, vendors, fiber sources, competitions and so much more! Activities run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Scary Stories at the Carter Mansion

Oct 30

Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at a 200 year-old mansion. Bring the family and join us for tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre, with a touch of wit thrown in for good measure. Don’t be afraid, the graveyard at the Carter Mansion isn’t haunted… we think! The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts TN Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition

Nov 01 – Nov 25

The Tennessee Watercolor Society holds biennial exhibitions in one of the five regions of the state showcasing the work of our state’s fine artists who paint in watermedia. In 2014, nationally known juror Pat Dews will chose 30 paintings from the exhibition in Franklin, Tenn. to travel the state.  Locations include Humboldt, Cookeville, Knoxville, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton and the Chattanooga area.  The paintings will be on display at the park visitor center. Hours: Tues. through Sat. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET and Sun. 1-4:30 p.m. ET. The full exhibition as well as past exhibition works and a member gallery may be viewed at www.tnws.org. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Harvest Celebration & Militia Muster

Nov 15 – Nov 16

It’s a jollification! The Washington County Militia musters its troops for good times and good cheer! Re-enactors in period dress provide demonstrations of old-time skills and scenes from daily life in America’s colonial past. Activities begin at 10 a.m. both days and end at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit

Nov 30 – Jan 04

A visit to the park visitors center is sure to inspire as the rooms will be graced with wreaths of all designs and colors hung from old time lampposts. Please contact the park to request a place in this show. Wreaths, made by community members, civic groups and schools, bring to life the Christmas spirit of our region and will remain on display during regular park hours throughout the month of December until January 4th. Hours: Tues. through Sat. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET and from 1-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Christmas at the Carter Mansion

Dec 05 – Dec 06

Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Join us from 6-9 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday for music, refreshments and costumed interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas. For more information call 423-543-5808.