Sabine Hill, built around 1818, was an early seat of the Taylor Family of Happy Valley. That family would produce two governors of Tennessee, a governor of Georgia, a U.S. district judge and many other distinguished members.
The house is an early example of Federal-style architecture in Tennessee and was built immediately after the War of 1812 by Mary Patton Taylor, the widow of Brigadier Gen. Nathaniel Taylor, who died shortly after returning from his wartime service in Mobile, Alabama.
The house was reopened this fall after extensive restoration work directed by the Tennessee Historical Commission. It was completed by some of the nation's leading craftsmen and experts in 18th- and early 19th-century building methods. That work is continuing with the search for suitable furniture for the home.
The house is now owned by the state and is a part of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. It was dedicated in a ceremony Nov. 1 that brought state leaders and several descendants of the Taylors to Elizabethton.
The December tours of the home are by reservation only. The tours will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. As of Tuesday, there were still 14 slots available.
Reservations may be made online by going to http://tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals, or by calling 423-543-5808.
During the tour, visitors will be able to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning more about the accomplishments of the Taylor family.
Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students 7 to 17. Children 6 and under are admitted free.
The tours will start at the Sabine Hill State Historic Site, 2328 W. G St., Elizabethton. The park advises guests that there are no restroom facilities on the Sabine Hill property.