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Colonial Harvest & Overmountain Victory Celebration at Sycamore Shoals

Staff Report • Nov 5, 2018 at 12:27 PM

As the temperature and the leaves continue to fall, your thoughts might be turning to the many holiday festivities that await in the coming weeks.

It was was likely the same for early frontier settlers more than two hundred years ago.

On Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to compare notes.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area will be the scene of a Frontier Harvest Celebration to enjoy a time of friendship, thanks-giving and recognition of our patriot ancestors.

In Colonial America, before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday, each colony or community observed days of thanks-giving, usually after the harvest had been brought in or after a significant military victory. The public is invited to join the Washington County Militia, the host living history organization at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, for its monthly militia muster and a colonial “Harvest Home” as they celebrate the Overmountain Men’s victory at the battle of Kings Mountain.

Activities throughout the weekend will include programs and demonstrations of 18th century frontier life, such as open-hearth cooking, colonial games, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, natural dyeing, music and more.

The weekend will also include a special Veterans Day program on Sunday to honor the combatants at the Battle of Kings Mountain and our current veterans and armed service members.

It’s a perfect opportunity for the entire family to enjoy a day immersed in history and fun. Admission is free, so don’t miss this unique event showcasing Tennessee’s rich heritage. 

The park also has interpretive exhibits and a book and gift shop.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is  at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643. For more information, call 423-543-5808 or visit on the web at www.sycamoreshoalstn.org and tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (all programs are held inside Fort Watauga unless otherwise noted)

Saturday, Nov. 10

10 a.m. – Militia Inspection and Raising the Colors: Hear the roar of muskets and rifles as the Militia starts off the day with a patriotic ceremony.

11 a.m. – Firearms of the Overmountain Men: Come for a close-up look at the types of weapons used in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Noon – Militia Drill: View the County Militia as they train and prepare for military action. (Program will begin in the fort and move to the meadow)

1 p.m. – Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums showcase martial music of the 18th century.

1:30 p.m. – Butter Making: Join Ms. Leslie and learn about this common household task.

2 p.m. – Black Powder Mary: Meet Mary Patton and hear the story of how she provided gunpowder to the Overmountain Men.

3 p.m. – Medicinal Plants & Herbs: Join Ms. Elizabeth and learn how plants and herbs were utilized by the frontier people for medicine.

4 p.m. – Event Closing: Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of 18th century Living History.

Sunday, Nov. 11

10 a.m. – Militia Inspection and Raising the Colors: Hear the roar of muskets and rifles as the Militia starts off the day with a patriotic ceremony.

10:30 a.m. - Worship Service: All are welcome for Sunday morning service held in the courtyard of Fort Watauga.

11 a.m. – Firearms of the Overmountain Men: Come for a close up look at the types of weapons used in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Noon – Medicinal Plants & Herbs: Join Elizabeth Hardy in the fort and learn how plants and herbs were utilized by the frontier people for medicine.

12:30 p.m. – Black Powder Mary: Meet Mary Patton and hear the story of how she provided gunpowder to the Overmountain Men.

1 p.m. – Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums showcase martial music of the 18th century.

1:30 p.m. – Butter Making: Join Ms. Leslie and learn about this common household task.

2 p.m. – Special Veterans Day Observance: Join us as we pay tribute to the combatants of the Battle of Kings Mountain and our current veterans and armed service members. (Amphitheater behind Fort Watauga)

3 p.m. – Event Closing

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