Up and Coming Events: First Hike, January 1 and Old Christmas, January 5-6

January 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Sycamore Shoals State Park. Meetup at Carter Mansion Visitor Center
Join us for an enjoyable afternoon tour of the Carter Mansion. Visit this elegant frontier home, festively decorated for the holidays, and learn about the seasonal traditions of the 18th Century. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll from the Visitor Center to the Carter Mansion. Tour will begin at 2:00 by reservation only. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information call 423-543-5808 or www.sycamoreshoalstn.org. For cancellation information call 423-543-6140.


The Great Room at Carter Mansion

The Great Room at Carter Mansion

Tennessee State Park’s First Hike’s – The John and Landon Carter Mansion – Elizabethton, Tennessee


First Hikes Mark Arrival of the New Year. Harkening back to the long-standing Gaelic tradition of “First Footing” as an outdoor beginning to meet the New Year, Tennessee State Parks will be kicking off 2013 with a series of “First Hikes” at each park.  Every Tennessee State Park will host its own special hike on December 31, January 1 or January 2 to welcome the New Year.


Old Christmas Celebration


                                                    J a n u a r y    5 & 6

Old Christmas from Dutch Cabin

Old Christmas from Dutch Cabin


                    S y c a m o r e  S h o a l s  S t a t e  H i s t o r i c  A r e a


Christmas isn’t over yet! European migrants brought Old World holiday traditions to America, from the Dutch Sinterklaas, German Tannenbaum, and Scots-Irish Lighted Windows, to the Twelve Days of Christmas

and “Old Christmas” celebrated on January 6th


In Colonial America, Christmas was celebrated as a twelve day holiday with many traditions and customs. Does The Twelve Days of Christmas sound familiar? These twelve days of feasting, and merrymaking ended on January 6th or “Twelfth Night” with a grand celebration.


On Saturday, January 5th from 10am-4pm and Sunday, January 6th from 10am-3pm, the Washington County Militia will hold their monthly Militia Muster and Old Christmas Celebration. As you walk through the gates of Fort Watauga you will travel back in time to an 18th century Old Christmas “Jollification”. Each cabin in the fort will be the setting of Christmas traditions as celebrated by the settlers of different cultures on the colonial frontier. Witness such customs as English Christmas Guns, the Irish Holly Wreath, the German Tannenbaum, and the Dutch Sinterklass.


And see how our Christmas practices of today are steeped in these old world traditions!


Get the most out of the Holiday Season and visit Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site for a fun, entertaining, and educational family outing. Arrive ready to be filled with the spirit of Christmas.


It’s an event that is sure to become a tradition with your family year after year.


Visit with the Washington County Militia and Discover the Early Roots of our modern Holiday Celebrations.


Activities Throughout the Weekend Include…


Open Hearth Cooking – Daily Frontier Life

Flintlock Rifle & Musket Firing – Old Christmas Traditions




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