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Sycamore Shoals to hold fall events this weekend

John Thompson • Nov 6, 2018 at 9:20 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., will hold double events this weekend, with the observance of a 18th century frontier harvest celebration and a special Veterans Day ceremony to honor all veterans, including the the Overmountain Men, who gathered at Sycamore Shoals in September 1780 in en route to Kings Mountain, S.C.

Both events are free.

The harvest celebration will depict how the people on the 18th century frontier prepared for the coming winter and celebrated fall. The special Veterans Day ceremony will recall the Overmountain Men’s historic march to Kings Mountain and include a salute to all veterans.

The Gathering of the Overmountain Men is usually observed on Sept. 25 with a crossing of the Watauga River along the route some of the men took, but the observance was postponed this year, leading to the special Veterans Day observance this week.

Activities throughout the weekend will include programs and demonstrations of 18th century frontier life such as: open hearth cooking, colonial games, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, natural dyeing, music and much more.

All programs are held inside Fort Watauga unless otherwise noted. The schedule of events as follows:

Saturday, November 10

10 a.m.: Militia inspection and raising the colors. Hear the roar of muskets and rifles as the militia starts off the day with a patriotic ceremony.

11 a.m.: Firearms of the Overmountain Men: A close up look at the types of weapons used in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Noon: Militia drill: The county militia will train and prepare for military action. (Program will begin in the fort and move to the meadow).

1 p.m.: Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums showcase martial music of the 18th century.

1:30 p.m.: Butter making: Learn about this common household task.

2 p.m.: Black Powder Mary: Meet Mary Patton and hear the story of how she provided gunpowder to the Overmountain Men.

3 p.m.: Medicinal plants and herbs: Learn how plants and herbs were utilized by the frontier people for medicine.

4 p.m.: Closed for the day.

Sunday, November 11.

10 a.m.: Militia inspection and raising the colors. Hear the roar of muskets and rifles as the militia starts off the day with a patriotic ceremony.

10:30 a.m.: Worship Service: All are welcome for Sunday morning service held in the courtyard of Fort Watauga.

11 a.m.: Firearms of the Overmountain Men: A close up look at the types of weapons used in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Noon: Medicinal plants and herbs: Learn how plants and herbs were used by the frontier people for medicine.

12:30 p.m.: Black Powder Mary: Meet Mary Patton and hear the story of how she provided gunpowder to the Overmountain Men.

1 p.m.: Echoes of Revolution: The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums showcase martial music of the 18th century.

1:30 p.m.: Butter making: Learn about this common household task.

2 p.m.: Special Veterans Day observance: Join the tribute to the combatants of the Battle of Kings Mountain and current veterans and armed service members. (Amphitheater behind Fort Watauga).

3 p.m.: Event closes.

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