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HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: Colonial Harvest Celebration at Fort Watauga

November 14th, 2013 2:20 pm by Ned Jilton

HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: Colonial Harvest Celebration at Fort Watauga

The men of the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia gather to drill. photo courtesy of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.

If you are looking for something fun and historical to do this weekend, check-out the
Colonial Harvest Home Celebration and Militia Muster at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton.

In 1777 North Carolina Gov. Richard Caswell issued a day of Thanksgiving after the
American Victory at Saratoga. This Saturday, Nov 16, that event will be celebrated at Fort Watauga. Following an 11:00 artillery demonstration outside the fort, gather with the families inside the fort from noon to 3 pm as they celebrate the bounty of the harvest. At 3 the county militia will drill and prepare for action.

Sunday,Nov. 17, join with the militia at 11 am for Sunday morning service held in the
courtyard of Fort Watauga with an opportunity to join the ladies of the settlement for Afternoon Tea and Sunday Social at 1 pm. I understand Gentlemen are welcome to attend unless, of course, they are outside the fort taking part in the artillery drills at noon and 1:30 or the militia drill at 2:30.

There will be several ongoing activities and displays throughout both days including open hearth cooking, flintlock rifle and musket demonstrations, flint and steel fire starting along with colonial life skills and frontier living history.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic area is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. in Elizabethton and the event is sponsored by the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia. For more information you can call the park at 423-543-5808 on check the web at

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