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Sycamore Shoals became a state park in 1976. The park’s visitor center features a new museum/exhibits area highlighting the nationally significant history of this site in the late 18th century.  In addition, the Visitor's Center houses an excellent gift shop and bookstore, along with park information. Behind the visitor center is a reconstruction of the 18th century Fort Watauga, now the site of educational programs and musters presented by the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia. The Carter Mansion and Sabine Hill are late 18th century and early 19th century historic house museums managed by Sycamore Shoals located nearby in Elizabethton. 

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Siege of Fort Watauga - 3rd weekend in May
Liberty! is performed annually in July
The Betsy Ross
Fending off an attack
View of the Watauga River from Patriot's Path
1930's DAR Monument to Fort Watauga (Daughters of the American Revolution)
Early 1930's image of "the shoals."
Fort Watauga when the park was dedicated in 1976
Reading the Declaration of Independence
Tennessee Historical Marker at the Carter Mansion
Fort Watauga in the 21st century
Washington County Militia Muster
Flint knapping demonstration and workshops at Sycamore Shoals
The Overmountain Men cross the Watauga to muster on Sept. 25th
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643

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Admission Rates
Admission to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is free. There is a small charge for tours of the Carter Mansion.
Most family programming is offered at no charge.
A few events due require a minimal admission fee such as, the Native American Festival, Christmas at the Carter Mansion, various workshops, and Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals, the Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee
Dates Closed
Park open daily dawn to dusk
Visitors Center open
Tuesday-Saturday 9 am - 4 pm
and Sunday from 1 - 4:30 pm
Closed Monday
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