Colonial Harvest Celebration and Militia Muster at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

Contributed To The Press • Nov 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Autumn is in full swing. As both the temperature and the leaves continue to fall, we begin to think of the many holiday festivities that wait in the coming days. More than 200 years ago it was quite the same for the early frontier settlers.

On Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area will become the scene of a Frontier Harvest Celebration for a time of friendship and thanksgiving.

In Colonial America, before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday, each colony or community observed days of thanksgiving usually after the harvest had been brought in or after a significant military victory.

Join the Washington County Militia, host of the living history organization at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, for their monthly militia muster and Harvest Home Celebration.

Activities throughout the weekend will include a reading of colonial Gov. Richard Caswell’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, open- hearth cooking, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, 18th- century artillery demonstrations, militia drill and training and many more aspects of daily life on the Colonial American frontier.

This is a perfect opportunity for the entire family to visit one of Tennessee’s finest state parks and enjoy a day immersed in history and fun.

Admission to the event is free.

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

For more information about this and other events at the park, call 543-5808 or visit www.sycamoreshoalstn.org, www.tnstateparks.com/SycamoreShoals and www.washingtoncountyregiment.wordpress.com.

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