Trade Muster This Weekend; February 16-17 (Dress Warm!)

18th Century Militia Muster

at Sycamore Shoals

Showcasing Colonial Skills and Trades

On February 16 and 17 Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, TN will present a weekend of 18th century living history. The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, the park’s host living history organization, will be encamped in and around Fort Watauga providing visitors with a glimpse into our Revolutionary past. Walk among settlers and native peoples who share stories of our history through talks, skits, and demonstrations of 18th century life.

The Washington County Militia provides many historic programs throughout the year at Sycamore Shoals. This particular event will focus mainly on the daily tasks and trades that made a frontier settlement thrive. The Watauga settlement, in the 18th century, was a remote backwoods community. The early settlers relied on each other as well as their Native Cherokee neighbors for specialized items and knowledge such as woodworking, weaving, rope making, blacksmithing, sewing and hunting techniques.

Join the reenactors of the Washington County Militia at Fort Watauga as they present a myriad of programs on these skills and trades of the 18th century. Also witness the militia as they present flintlock musket firing demonstrations, 18th century artillery demonstrations, and military drill. Bring out the entire family for this free event, and enjoy an exciting, entertaining, and informative day at the beautiful and historic Sycamore Shoals State Park. The event takes place on Saturday, February 16th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Sunday, February 17th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is located at 1651 W. Elk Avenue in Elizabethton, TN. For more information about this and other exciting events at Sycamore Shoals please call 423-543-5808 or visit the park website at

This Event is Sponsored by:

The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia

Saturday, February 16th Sunday, February 17th

10:00 – Militia Inspection & Raising the Colours 10:00 – Raising the Colours

12:00 – Artillery Domonstration 11:00 – Worship Service

2:00 – Militia Drill 1:00 – Artillery Demonstration

4:00 – Retiring the Colours, Event Closed 2:30 – Militia Drill

3:00 – Retiring the Colours

Activities Throughout the Weekend Include…

Militia Drill & Training – Open Hearth Cooking – Daily Frontier Life

Flintlock Rifle & Musket Firing – Tavern Life – Woodsman Skills

Edged Weapon Display – Longhunter Camplife

Further information:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643



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