Carter Mansion Muster Schedule: Aug. 6-7

Carter Mansion

Carter
Mansion Celebration

Saturday, August 6

Sunday, August 7

Travel back to the 1780s… The
American colonies have declared Independence, but the outcome of this bitter struggle is still in question.  Hardy  frontiersmen have crossed the mountains in defiance of British law and have carved out homes in the wilderness. Conflict is rising between American Patriots, Loyalists who support the
Crown, and native Indians who struggle to retain their way of life.  But the people of this time still find cause for celebration, merriment, music, and the arts; so come out and see it all come together at the oldest frame house in Tennessee.

 

The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia will be celebrating its two-year anniversary during this
exciting celebration!  The Militia will be encamped on the grounds of the Carter Mansion and will present
demonstrations of the daily lives of 18th century backwoods settlers. As part of the activities a re-enactment of a small battle between patriots and tories will be presented each day.

 

Local craftsmen and artisans will include Sherri Hyder and Mary Proffit, as they demonstrate 18th century basket making. James Garland will showcase gourd instruments and artwork. Bob Estep will demonstrate primitive flint knapping. Jennifer Bauer
will show the art of natural dyeing. Sarah Redding will be making corn shuck dolls, and Chris Taylor will exhibit the centuries old art of flax processing.

 

Other activities throughout the weekend will include Tours of the Carter Mansion: Tennessee’s oldest frame house, Militia Drill, Musket and Rifle demonstrations, 18th Century Surveying, Traditional and Old Time Music, Storytelling, Colonial Military
Music by the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums, and much more. Come join us for a weekend of History, Entertainment, and Family Fun!

S A T U R D A Y,   A U G U S T   6th  

10:00 – Militia Inspection – Posting the
Colours followed by a grave decoration and mourning of arms to honor the Carter
Family.

 

10:30 – Flax Processing – Join Mr. Taylor for
a look at the fascinating procedure of turning the flax plant into linen cloth.

 

11:00 – Carter Mansion Tour Take advantage
of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier
elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions
to the history of our community, state, and nation.

 

11:30 – “A Link to the Past” 18th Century
Surveying –
Join Chad and Sarah for a look at the art of measuring land
in Colonial America.

 

12:00 – “Echoes of Independence” – The Watauga
Valley Fifes & Drums perform tunes from the American Revolution!

 

1:00 – “Skirmish at the Mansion” – It was the
summer of 1781, John Carter and John Sevier, who had access to the settlement’s
deed books, confiscated the lands of all Loyalists living nearby. When these
Tories learned of this, they plotted to kill Carter and Sevier; take the deed
books; and restore their lands. The wife of one of the conspirators, however,
was friendly with John Sevier and warned him of his danger.  John Carter fled and took the true books with
him, leaving fake copies in his office. He died of smallpox soon afterward;
taking the location of this treasure to his grave…We will interpret this
sequence of events as a skirmish at the home of John Carter. It is unknown
whether or not shots were actually fired in this event, but we hope the public
will truly enjoy this exciting reenactment.

 

2:00 – Carter Mansion Tour

 

2:30 – Flax Processing Join Mr.
Taylor for a look at the fascinating procedure of turning the flax plant into
linen cloth.

 

3:00 – Traditional & Old Time Tunes  Award winning musicians James H. Garland &
Chad Bogart perform a delightful set of time honored melodies on hand crafted
instruments.

 

3:30 – Corn Shuck Dolls Join Sarah and learn
about this age old craft while making your very own corn shuck doll.

 

4:00 Carter Mansion Tour

 

4:30 Retiring the Colours – The
militia closes the day’s activities by retiring the flag. Camps close to the
public. Join us tomorrow for another day of living history, entertainment, and
family fun.

 

S U N D A Y,   AU G U S T   7th

 

10:00 – Militia Inspection The Militia kicks
of the days activities by Posting the Colours.

 

11:00 – Worship Service  All are welcome to join us for Sunday
Service on the grounds of the Beautiful Carter Mansion.

 

11:30 – Flax Processing – Join Mr. Taylor for
a look at the fascinating procedure of turning the flax plant into linen cloth.

 

12:00 – Carter Mansion Tour Take advantage
of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier
elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions
to the history of our community, state, and nation.

 

1:00 – “Skirmish at the Mansion” – It was the
summer of 1781, John Carter and John Sevier, who had access to the settlement’s
deed books, confiscated the lands of all Loyalists living nearby. When these
Tories learned of this, they plotted to kill Carter and Sevier; take the deed
books; and restore their lands. The wife of one of the conspirators, however,
was friendly with John Sevier and warned him of his danger.  John Carter fled and took the true books with him, leaving fake copies in his office. He died of smallpox soon afterward; taking the location of this treasure to his grave… We will interpret this sequence of events as a skirmish at the home of John Carter. It is unknown whether or not shots were actually fired in this event, but we hope the public will truly enjoy this exciting reenactment.

 

1:30 – “Ladies’ Liberty Tea”Join the ladies
of the settlement for some light refreshments and answer the question, “What is
Liberty Tea”? Who knows, they might even let the gentlemen join in as well!

 

2:00 – Carter Mansion Tour Take advantage of
this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier
elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions
to the history of our community, state, and nation.

 

3:00 – Camps Close to the Public – Thank you
for joining us at the Carter Mansion.

 

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5 responses to “Carter Mansion Muster Schedule: Aug. 6-7

  1. Great post. I will read your posts frequently. Added you to the RSS reader.

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  2. Gerald Jack

    I am related to the descendants of John Carter’s daughter, Elizabeth Carter, wife of my cousin George T. Gillespie. My 3 great grandmother, Martha Gillespie Jack, is George T. Gillespie’s aunt. Martha Gillespie Jack is the wife of my 3 great grandfather, Jeremiah Jack Sr. 1750 – 1833 of Watauga and Knox County. He fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain.
    Martha Gillespie Jack’s father, George Gillespie, had the Gillepie Stone House built in Limestone, Tennessee now owned by the Ledbetters. I wish I could be at the Carter Mansion on Aug 6 – 7. I hope to visit in late September. Have a wonderful celebration.

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  3. Gerald Jack

    Correction: Elizabeth Carter is the grand daughter of John Carter. Her father is Landon Carter.

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  4. This will be a very interesting event at the Carter Mansion.

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