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HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: Beat the Winter Blues at Sycamore Shoals.

February 10th, 2014 4:29 pm by Ned Jilton

HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: Beat the Winter Blues at Sycamore Shoals.

The Washington County Regiment of the North Carolina Militia fire off a volley at Fort Watauga. Photo Courtesy of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.

If you are looking for a way to shake off the winter doldrums check out Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area this week-end, Feb 15-16.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, TN will present a weekend of 18th century living history. The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, the park’s host living history organization, will be encamped in and around Fort Watauga providing visitors with a glimpse into our Revolutionary past. Walk among settlers and native peoples who share stories of our history through talks, presentations and demonstrations of 18th century life.

The Washington County Militia provides many historic programs throughout the year at Sycamore Shoals. This particular event will focus mainly on the daily tasks and trades that made a frontier settlement thrive.

The Watauga settlement, in the 18th century, was a remote backwoods community. The early settlers relied on each other as well as their Native Cherokee neighbors for specialized items and knowledge such as woodworking, weaving, rope making,
blacksmithing, sewing and hunting techniques.

Join the reenactors of the Washington County Militia at Fort Watauga as they present a
myriad of programs on these skills and trades of the 18th century. Also witness the militia as they present flintlock musket firing demonstrations, 18th century artillery demonstrations, and military drill. The event takes place on Saturday, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Sunday, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Activities throughout the weekend will include open hearth cooking, salt rendering, maple
syrup making, leatherwork, wool processing, hand sewing, Woodsman skills, flintlock rifle and musket firing, trapping and animal pelts display along with daily frontier life.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is located at 1651 W. Elk Avenue in Elizabethton, TN. For more information about this and other exciting events at Sycamore Shoals please call 423-543-5808 or visit the park websites at www.sycamoreshoalstn.org and www.sycamoreshoalstn.org
This event is sponsored by The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia. You may visit their website at washingtoncountyregiment.wordpress.com.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, February 15th

10:00 – Militia Inspection &
Raising the Colors

12:00 – Artillery Demonstration

2:00 – Militia Drill

4:00 – Retiring the Colors. Event
Closes for the day.

Sunday, February 16th

10:00 – Raising the Colors

11:00 – Worship Service

1:00 – Artillery Demonstration

2:30 – Militia Drill

3:00 – Retiring the Colors

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