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Veterans admitted free to "Liberty!" on Thursday

John Thompson • Updated Jul 16, 2019 at 8:49 PM

ELIZABETHTON — “Liberty!”, the state’s official outdoor drama, begins the second week of its 2019 production on Thursday with a special honor for veterans. Thursday will be  “Veterans Night” and veterans and their escort will be admitted to the play for free.

The play is presented at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave.

This is the 41st year that volunteers have come together from all over the Tri-Cities to perform the play about the national events that surrounded the settlement of this region at the time of the Revolutionary War.

Leaving the comforts of home in the 13 settled colonies on the Atlantic Coast, long hunters and their families began a new life, free of the rule of the British king. They crossed over the mountains beyond the Proclamation Line of 1763, discovering land that was cleared, yet uninhabited. The “Old Fields” of the Watauga quickly became the heart of frontier settlements on land belonging to the Cherokee. Set in the 1770s, “Liberty” relates the good times and the sad times; the struggles and the sacrifices of families who were willing to take incredible risks to create a democratic society against a multitude of obstacles.

“Liberty!” performances continues Thursday through Saturday through July 27.

Set beside the Watauga River, the story unfolds with Fort Watauga as the backdrop. The outdoor amphitheater provides bench seating with backs and an opportunity to sample great food within a short distance from your seat, at Carter’s Store.

For additional information, call 423-543-5808. Advance ticket reservations may be made at www.thelibertydrama.com.

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