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Carter Mansion to be celebrated this weekend in Elizabethton

Contributed • Updated Apr 2, 2019 at 9:29 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time? You can do just that on Saturday and Sunday during the Carter Mansion Celebration. Step back to the 1780s, when the Revolutionary War was raging in the colonies and hardy frontiersmen had crossed the mountains in defiance of British law to carve out homes in the wilderness.

One such man was John Carter, a wealthy trader who built his beautiful house along the banks of the Watauga River. Known as Carter’s Mansion, the elegant frame house stood in stark contrast to the log homes used by the settlers of the region. This event will celebrate that historic home and the early settlers that gave us our rich heritage and history.

Visitors will have opportunities to take a free guided tour of the mansion that was built between 1775 and 1780. Known as the oldest frame house in Tennessee, the Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion boasts beautiful over-mantle murals, hand-carved moldings and raised panels making it one of the most treasured sites in Tennessee history. The house is the only surviving link to the famed Watauga Association, the democratic government set up by the early settlers in the Watauga Valley. The home’s builder, John Carter, served as a chairman of the association.

The mansion will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Guests can also enjoy visiting with 18th century living history interpreters who will be presenting demonstrations of the daily lives of backwoods settlers. These skills and trades will include wool processing, sewing, natural dyeing, flint knapping and much more. Also enjoy colonial militia drill and training, musket and rifle demonstrations, and military music by the Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums.

This event is free of charge.

The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad St.

For information, call Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808 or visit www.sycamoreshoalstn.org.

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