Christmas at the Carter Mansion

Friday and Saturday, December 7 & 8

6 – 9 pm each evening

We invite you to join us for our annual Christmas event located at the historic John and Landon Carter Mansion in Elizabethton, Tennessee,

the oldest frame house in Tennessee, constructed ca. 1775 by John and Landon Carter.


The Carter Mansion boasts striking 18th century interiors, over mantle paintings, and Colonial architecture, quite reminiscent of what you might have found in the Tidewater region of Virginia during the 18th century. The mansion seems almost out of place in an area that was considered a rugged frontier, where families lived in cabins and engaged in hard labor to survive in a harsh environment.


The Carters quickly became leaders in the settlement; their names attached to many of the important historic events surrounding Sycamore Shoals and our community. John commanded the defense of Fort Watauga, when it fell under Cherokee attack in 1776. Later, his son Landon served as a Lieutenant during the campaign to King’s Mountain during the American Revolution. Both men were noted business and political leaders for the community they served and, ultimately, Carter County was named after Landon Carter and Elizabethton for his wife, Elizabeth.


Amazingly, this very old home has survived and was restored by the State of Tennessee in the 1970’s. It is now part of the Tennessee State Park system and managed by Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Four acres of land and the mansion on the Watauga River are all that remain of the original 10,000 acre estate. We are fortunate to be able to see and touch a structure that is full of history and provides an inspiring glimpse into the lives of the Carters over 200 years ago.


Christmas at the Carter Mansion is set in the late 1770’s as the Carter’s celebrate the Christmas season with friends and family. Eighteenth century

re-enactors join us to share stories and create a holiday atmosphere inside the home. The mansion will be lit by candlelight, music will warm the rooms, and demonstrations inside the house will bring the late 18th century to life!


We hope you will join us for our annual Colonial Christmas event in Elizabethton, Tennessee!


The Carter Mansion is located at 1013 Broad Street in Elizabethton, Tennessee. For additional information please contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.



Christmas Parades

Dear Friends of Sycamore Shoals,

It’s that time of year again – Christmas!

The Friends Group is coordinating a float entry for 2 parades this year!

1. Elizabethton Sat. Dec 1 – 6pm (Line up 5:30 in front of Big John’s Closeouts)
Decorate at 4 – Big John’s Warehouse.

2. Johnson City Sat Dec 8 – at 4pm (LIne up at 3 Tenn Street and State of Franklin)
Using same float as Elizabethton.

For both parades, we’ll be handing out individually wrapped candy canes to children. To families, we’d like to hand out 2012 programs from Sycamore Shoals with little invites for Christmas at Carter Mansion stapled to the front.

The Float will be a Christmas Tree (decorated with ornaments of old) and rocking chairs with old quilts. We’re in need of wooden rocking chairs.

If you need a costume, please contact the Park well in advance to schedule checking out a costume. No one will be available the day of the parade – so think ahead! (thanks :D)

Please let me know (by email k_twitty@yahoo.com) or phone (423-946-7000) if you can come so we can tell the City Parade Organizers.

Thank you!!
Kristina Twitty


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