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Sycamore Shoals offers lots of events in August

John Thompson • Updated Jul 30, 2019 at 6:48 PM

ELIZABETHTON — August is going to be a busy time at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, with lots of summer ranger programs being offered to the public.

This year’s seasonal interpretive rangers are Ian Anderson and Laura Ellis. The rangers will be providing lessons inspired by their own interests in the history of the region and will also be conducting tours of the park’s two historic homes — the Carter Mansion and Sabine Hill.

Preregistration is required for the house tours. Preregistration can be done online by going to www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals. Choose “upcoming events” in the left menu. Those wishing to pay with cash may register at the park’s visitors center during regular business hours. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students ages 7 to 17. Children 6 and under are admitted free.

The schedule of August events is as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 1

11 a.m.: Carter Mansion tour — Jjoin Anderson on a tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee.

1 p.m.: “Don’t Stress” — Unwind with Anderson and enjoy the beautiful nature of Sycamore Shoals while crafting our very own “stress-balls.” What better way to relieve stress and enjoy the outdoors?

2 p.m. “Land Navigation” — Join Anderson for some fun outside as we learn how to preform basic land navigation using a compass or various tricks in nature.

Friday, Aug. 2

11 a.m.: Carter Mansion Tour with Anderson.

1:30 a.m.: “Fort Watauga Tour” — Anderson will provide a tour of the recreated fort.

3 p.m.: “Picture Bingo Scavenger Hunt” — Join Anderson for an exciting time packed with education and fun as we explore Sycamore Shoals State Park with a bingo scavenger hunt activity. If interested, meet Anderson in the Visitors Center at 2 p.m. Please bring a digital picture taking device (cell phone, or camera).

Saturday, Aug. 3

11 a.m.: Carter Mansion Tour with  Anderson.

1 p.m.: “Archery and Tomahawk Program” — Anderson will present a fun and interactive learning experience of popular Native American weaponry such as the tomahawk and the bow and arrow. If interested please meet in the Visitor Center at 1pm. Participants must be at least 13 years of age for the archery portion.

3 p.m.: Anderson will present his program on relieving stress and enjoying the outdoors.

Sunday, Aug. 4

1 p.m.: Sabine Hill Tour — Join Ellis on a walk through time as she talks about the family that built today’s Sabine Hill, and the founders of Happy Valley.

1 p.m. “All Tied Up” — Anderson will teach the basics of knots that can be used for rescue, survival, or just simple day-to-day activities.

2 p.m.: “Picture Bingo Scavenger Hunt” — Join Anderson for an exciting time packed with education and fun as we explore Sycamore Shoals State Park with a bingo scavenger hunt activity. If interested, meet Anderson in the Visitors Center at 2 p.m. Bring a digital picture-taking device (cell phone, or camera).

3 p.m.: Carter Mansion Tour with Anderson.

3 p.m.: “Colonial Culture” — Ellis will be in the fort with interactive learning for kids of all ages.

3:30 p.m.: “Women of the frontier” — Ellis will will hold casual discussions on what women wore, etiquette, and the chores that were done in order to keep her household in order. This event will be held inside the fort.

Wednesday, Aug, 7.

9:30 a.m.: “Oh, Butter!” Join Ellis inside the fort for an interactive experience. Have you ever made butter before? Why was a simple ingredient so necessary for families? Discover all of these answers, and get your hands dirty as you take a tour through the creation and usage of butter.

11 a.m.: “Period Project Runway” — Ellis will offer a demonstration on 18th and 19th century attire, and how the fashion industry shaped early American society and trade. Join her inside the visitor’s center.

2 p.m.: Sabine Hill tour with Ellis.

Thursday, Aug. 8.

11 a.m.: “I make fire” and “All tied up” — Ellis and Anderson will teach basic skills necessary for survival on the frontier. Ellis will teach how to make fire from scratch and how to keep a fire going. Anderson will teach basic knots and how they are used.

2 p.m.: Sabine Hill tour with Ellis.

Friday Aug.9

9:45 a.m.: “Period Project Runway” — Ellis discusses 18th and 19th century fashion.

11 a.m.: “18th century medicine” — Home remedies have been passed down through generations. However, we can be thankful that colonial medicine has gone extinct. Join Ellis in the visitor’s center to see some old fixes to regular ailments, and possibly try some for yourself.

2 p.m.: Sabine Hill tour with Ellis.

Saturday, Aug. 10

9 a.m.: “Morning of birdsong” — Ellis will lead a morning of birding around the grounds and along the trail. Life can be hectic, and a robin feathering his nest has very little time to rest. But this experience brings out the peaceful silence of a morning without the noisy bustle of morning crowds. Admission is free. Participants are to meet Ellis at 9 a.m. on the back porch of the visitor’s center. Please provide your own binoculars and other equipment as you choose.

11 a,m.: “Period Project Runway” — Ellis discusses 18th and 19th century fashion.

2 p.m.: Sabine Hill tour with Ellis.

 

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