The Washington County Regiment of  North Carolina Militia is a living history organization, dedicated to educating the public about the lives of  the settlers and first peoples on the 18th frontier and to sharing the history of that portion of Western North Carolina which is now Northeast Tennessee. As members of the Washington County Regiment, we are proud to be united with  Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area as the host living history organization, and are committed to serving the park and other historic sites in their common missions. We strive to provide a POSITIVE atmosphere for both the public and our members. We delight in being a QUALITY living history unit with historical accuracy, safety, and enjoyment at the top of our priorities list.

The purpose of this blog is to note the history of the group and the varied activities that the Regiment participates in, presented at the Sycamore Shoals Historic Area and the John and Landon Carter Mansion in Elizabethton, TN and other historic sites. Further, this blog site is a major communication forum between officers and troop and Sycamore Shoals State Historical Area personnel and  Regiment.

We welcome potential members. If you have a passion for recreating life in the 18th century and would like information on membership in the Washington County Regiment or for further information about events, please contact the park:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, 1651 West Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN. 37643, 423-543-5808, www.sycamoreshoalstn.com.

Your BlogMeister is your humble (indentured) servant, Molly Spyder,  you know, the one with the “bold tongue”. I encourage the membership to let me know what you would like to see on this site. All suggestions are MORE than welcome.      Your humble servant, Molly Spyder



  1. Robbie Gilbert

    I am a re-enactor of nearly 30 years! I am looking for events close to home!


  2. Henry I Bishop

    Hello, I had a chance to visit Elizabeton recenty. Stopped by the fort and learned a little about your group. Not sure I can be of help but I am a collector of 18th century rifles and have done a fair share of reinactment with the BAR back in the 60’s and 70’s. More recently I have been an officer of the Kentucky Rifle Foundation. Our main purpose is to educate the public on the use and importance of the Kentucky rifle in the developement of the our country. I am always looking for new areas to share my knowledge and expand the goal of the Kentucky Rifle Foundation.
    I live in Atlanta but my son lives in Boone. Until he buys me out we own a mid 18th century log cabin several hundred yards from Trade,Tn. It was on my last visit that I ventured over your way. Pretty much got my interest in reinactments back in place with my KRF activities.
    Let me know if I can help one or two times a year with a table display of the 18th century originals. My rifleman’s blouse and hunting shirt no longer fit but I suspect I can put up enough cash to look respectable.
    Please forward membership information.

    True to friend and foe alike, Henry Bishop


    • Ramona

      I am so glad you came to the fort and will pass this letter on to the officers so they can send you membership information. Since this a group that not only has a great deal of fun but also has a mission to educate the public and demonstrate 18th century folkways, your demos and just you talking about what you know would fit in so wonderfully!


  3. Christopher Keene

    I am interested in attending/participating the event at Guilford Courthouse. Who do I need to contact?


  4. I have lived in Kingsport my entire life. I have enjoyed being involved in reinactment groups, primarily more medieval, but have started making other items in my leather shop. I do have a working leather shop in Kingsport and enjoy supplying leather belts, pouches and shoes to medieval buffs around the world. I have started to look into the Frontiersman era as well as civil war and thought I would give your group a shout. I would like to participate in some of the living history events and help with some of the leather needs as well if anyone is interested. I do have a website, but it is geared toward the medieval side of things, but will be changing gears a bit and offering leather items from your era as well. Who do I need to talk to about getting a start with your group? Or if you just need a steady supply of leather belts, canteens, pouches, shoes, boots, etc. I can help with those as well, selling wholesale to the group. Give me a shout when you can. My name is Frank Ireson.


  5. roy hollar

    my name is roy hollar im interested in joining up been reenacting for 20 odd years been up to the fort a few times
    now that kids are older id like to join up i live in mint hill nc
    but grew up in the mountians of nc do you have any members in my area


  6. glenn allen

    Hi, I am interested in be a part of your living history group. I worked for 10 years as a musician and reenactor at the, sadly now defunct, Living History Center in California. This is the group that created the original Renaissance Faire.We also did the Old California Days and the Dickens Christmas shows. I play mandolin, guitar and Celtic harp and sing too. I have had a life long passion for history, primitive skills, bushcraft and black powder shooting and other skills. I am a decent hand with needle and thread and I have a good foundation in period music.
    I now live in Newport TN and would like to know more about how my wife and I could participate. Contact me when you can, Be of good cheer!


    • Ramona

      Glenn, glad to hear from you. Go online to http://www.sycamoreshoals.org and get the phone number of the park. Thehistoric site is closed on Monday but tomorrow call them and ask for Chad Bogart. He is the historical interpreter there and can give you all the information you need. Looking foward to meeting you and your wife.


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