Carter Mansion Celebration
Saturday, April 14
Sunday, April 15
Sponsored by the Washington Co. Regiment of North Carolina Militia
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 three-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 James Garland as he showcases gourd instruments and artwork. Bob Estep will demonstrate primitive flint knapping, and Jennifer Bauer will show the art of natural dyeing.
Other activities throughout the weekend will include Tours of the Carter Mansion: Tennessee’s oldest frame house, Militia Drill, Musket and Rifle demonstrations, 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!
The Carter Mansion is located on the Broad Street Extension in Elizabethton, TN. For further questions or directions to the Carter Mansion, contact:
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
1651 West Elk Ave
Elizabethton, TN 37643