The Carter Mansion is the oldest frame house in Tennessee and was constructed ca. 1775 by John and Landon Carter.
The Carter Mansion boasts striking 18th century interiors, over mantle paintings, and Colonial architecture quite reminiscent of what you might have found in the Tidewater region of Virginia during the 18th century. The mansion seems almost out of place in an area that was considered a rugged frontier, where families lived in cabins and engaged in hard labor to survive in a harsh environment.
The Carters quickly became leaders in the settlement; their names attached to many of the important historic events surrounding Sycamore Shoals and our community. John commanded the defense of Fort Watauga , when it fell under Cherokee attack in 1776. Later, his son Landon served as a Lieutenant during the campaign to King’s Mountain during the American Revolution. Both men were noted business and political leaders for the community they served and, ultimately, Carter County was named after Landon Carter and Elizabethton for his wife, Elizabeth.
Amazingly, this very old home has survived and was restored by the State of Tennessee in the 1970s. It is now part of the Tennessee State Park system and managed by Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Four acres of land and the mansion on the Watauga River are all that remain of the original 10,000 acre estate. We are fortunate to be able to see and touch a structure that is full of history and provides an inspiring glimpse into the lives of the Carters over 200 years ago.
Christmas at the Carter Mansion is set in the late 1770s as the Carters celebrate the Christmas season with friends and family. Eighteenth century re-enactors join us to share stories and create a holiday atmosphere inside the home. The mansion will be lit by candlelight, music will warm the rooms, and demonstrations inside the house will bring the late 18th century to life!
The Carter Mansion is located at 1013 Broad St.