ETSU students to present interpretive programs on Sycamore Shoals history at state park this Saturday

Johnson City Press • Apr 10, 2019 at 10:45 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The public is invited to learn more about Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park along with students from East Tennessee State University’s Park and Recreation studies.

The interpretive program on the park is designed for the students enrolled in the class on interpretation of cultural and natural resources.

The interpretive program will be presented this Saturday from noon to 5:30 p.m.

The first student-led interpretive program will begin at noon at the Carter Mansion and will cover the historical importance of John Carter in the region as a merchant and early political leader. Students will also lead a tour of the grounds surrounding the Carter Mansion. This program will conclude at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The second student-led interpretive program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center and will include a brief walk around the property ending with an overview of the recreated fort and its significance as the birthplace of early democracy in America.

Particular attention will be placed on the historical importance of Sycamore Shoals as it relates to early American history and the program will focus on some of the key historical figures of the region.

The third and final student-led interpretive program will begin at 4 p.m. in front of the Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center and will include an overview of the Sycamore Shoals arboretum, focusing on specific key trees in the arboretum.

The interactive nature of this program will include walking through the arboretum, with stops at various species of trees that are indicative of the region. This program will conclude the day’s events at 5:30 p.m.

The students are conducting the interpretive programs as part of a class project designed to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students in the class while cultivating a lasting community stewardship for Sycamore Shoals.