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Visit the 18th century at Carter Mansion April 13-14

staff report • Apr 10, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Travel back to the 1780s this weekend. The American colonies have declared independence, but the outcome of this bitter struggle is still in question.

Hardy frontiersmen have crossed the mountains in defiance of British law and have carved out homes in the wilderness. Conflict is rising among American patriots, loyalists who support the Crown, and native Indians who struggle to retain their way of life. But the people of this time still find cause for celebration, merriment, music, and the arts. So, come out and see it all come together at the oldest frame house in Tennessee Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14.

The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion, built circa 1775-1780, boasts beautiful overmantle 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 Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, Sycamore Shoals’ host living history organization, will celebrate its four-year anniversary during this celebration. The militia will be encamped on the grounds of the Carter Mansion and will present demonstrations of the daily lives of 18th century backwoods settlers. As part of the activities a re-enactment of a small battle between Patriots and Tories will be presented each day.

Local craftsmen and artisans will be on hand throughout the weekend showcasing and demonstration traditional arts and crafts. Other activities throughout the weekend will include tours of the Carter Mansion: Tennessee’s oldest frame house, militia drill, musket and rifle demonstrations, traditional and old time music, storytelling and colonial military music by the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums.

The Carter Mansion is located on the Broad Street Extension in Elizabethton. For more questions or directions to the Carter Mansion, call (423) 543-5808 or visit www.sycamoreshoalstn.org or www.washingtoncountyregiment.wordpress.com

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