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May 17th, 2013 7:00 am by Ned Jilton

"Hardtack and Hard Times": 19th Annual Siege at Fort Watauga this Weekend.

The British join with the Cherokee to attack Fort Watauga. Photo by Ned Jilton II



If you are looking for some living history fun this weekend
check out the 19th Annual Siege of Fort Watauga at the Sycamore
Shoals State Historic area in Elizabethton, TN. There will be the roar of the
muskets! The war whoops of the Cherokee! The taste of chocolate? Here are the
details off the telegraph lines from the fine folks at the fort in
Elizabethton.


On Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, Sycamore Shoals
State Historic Area will host 150 living history re-enactors for the annual
Siege of Fort Watauga. Colonial, British, and Native re-enactors will converge
at the re-created Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals to relive the days when
America’s first frontier was the land beyond the blue ridge.


The Siege of Fort Watauga is a live retelling of the
Cherokee attack brought on the settlers of the Watauga valley in the summer of
1776. At Sycamore Shoals, Fort Watauga offered protection to nearly 200
settlers during a two-week siege led by Cherokee War Chief, Old Abram, and 300
warriors.


Sycamore Shoals will once again be the scene of war during
the Siege of Fort Watauga. The event lasts from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on
Saturday, May 18th and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 19th. Step back in
time as you visit the fort, militia camps, British encampment, and Native camp.
Be immersed in 18th century frontier life as you witness daily aspects of
colonial culture. Take advantage of colonial merchants selling period wares in
“Sutler’s Row”. See the clash of two cultures as the attack on fort Watauga is
recreated both days at 1:00 pm. Also, attend our auction of 18th century
reproductions.


During the Siege, representatives from the Historic Division
of MARS/American Heritage Chocolate will demonstrate the making of chocolate
along with sharing the many unique stories of chocolate during the 18th century.  They will also offer the opportunity to sample their historic recipes & purchase chocolate in blocks, sticks, and
drink mix!


Bring the entire family and see how your ancestors played a
crucial role in our region’s history and in the formation of our nation. Hear
the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke, and see the 18th century come
to life at the Siege of Fort Watauga. This event is sponsored by The Washington
County Regiment of North Carolina Militia and The Friends of Sycamore Shoals
State Historic Area.


Ongoing events
through the weekend include Cherokee Weapons Display, Corn Shuck Dolls, Flint
& Steel Fire Starting, Lead & Pewter Casting, 18th Century Surveying,
Tavern Keeping, Wool Processing, Leather Work, Colonial Women’s Clothing, 18th
Century Stays Making, Hand Sewing, Knitting, Flax Processing, Colonial Music,
Storytelling, Open Hearth Cooking, Flintlock Firearms Demonstrations, And Many
More Aspects of 18th Century Life!


S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 18th


10:00  Camps Open.

10:30  Raising the
Colors & Militia Inspection (Fort Watauga)

11:00  Kids Militia
Drill (Talbot’s Meadow – in front of Fort Watauga)


11:30  “Cherokee
Weapons and War” (Native Camp)


1:00  Battle
Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga” – All visitors must move behind the
viewing line 20 minutes prior to battle start time.


2:00  “Recruitment
of Children into His Majesty’s Service” (British Camp)


2:30  Field Music
by the Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums (Fort Watauga)


3:00  Auction (Fort
Watauga)


5:00  Camps Close.
Please join us tomorrow for another exciting day of living history!



S U N D A Y, M A Y
19th


10:00  Camps Open.


10:00  Worship
Service (Fort Watauga)


11:00  Militia
Inspection (Fort Watauga)


11:30  “Cherokee
Weapons and War” (Native Camp)


1:00  Battle
Reenactment: “Siege of Fort Watauga” – All visitors must move behind the
viewing line 20 minutes prior to battle start time.


2:00  Ladies Social
& Tea (Fort Watauga)


3:00  Retiring the
Colors (Fort Watauga) Event Closed.


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