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To the Washington County Militia,

The past six years have been by far the best when it comes to historic interpretation at Sycamore Shoals. That is because our unit, the Washington County NC Militia, has been committed to two things… rekindling old friendships with fellow reenactors and breathing new life into what had become a stagnated atmosphere in the living history feature of the park. Through this we have become an outstanding group of committed living historians.

This has been done, in large part, by the leadership of our Colonel, Bob McCroskey. Bob was the perfect choice to kick start the new unit back in 2009, and he has been a fantastic leader ever since. Bob has faced some difficult health issues over the past year or so and has not been able to be with us as much as he would like. Due to this, Bob has decided to step down as Colonel of the Militia. I know that you all join me in thanking Bob for the tremendous job he has done for us these past six years.


Bob’s resignation opened up the need for a new colonel and I wanted to let the membership know that I have been contacted by the Committee of Safety, and they have offered me the position.

After a lot of thought and prayer I have decided to accept the offer. I definitely do not plan to replace Bob, as no one could. I will, however, try to continue in Bob’s footsteps and lead our unit as best I can. I will need all the help I can get as I may be calling on many of you to assist in new and challenging ways. Any and all encouragement will be greatly welcomed and appreciated.

The change of command will take place at 2:30 on Sunday afternoon, this weekend during the muster event. Bob’s request is for as many as can make it to please attend the ceremony.

Again I want to personally thank Bob for all he has done for the unit, and I look forward to him being with us when he can. I also look forward to the future of the unit and to us all moving forward together.

Your Most Obedient Servant,

Major Chad Bogart

Chad A. Bogart

Historic Interpreter

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area


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Jennifer Bauer sent this message from Joe Greene, director of “Liberty!”.

All Liberty cast and crew and members of the Washington CoMilitia,

I have some great news.

Thursday June 11th we will be shooting our first new commercial spot for this year’s show.

We will also be using this time to shoot a longer video to post on our website and Facebook page.

If you are a main character we really need you to be there. Especially John Sevier, Bonnie Kate, Mr and Mrs Carter, Robert and Mary Young, Rev. Doak, Bess, Chester, Robertson’s, all Indians, and anyone wanting to play British soldiers. We would also love to have all walk-ons come and be a part as well.

We will have our normal rehearsal at 6, then about 7:30 or a little before, we will move down to the fort to start shooting. So please come out and help us make this as big as possible!

Thanks in advance, Joe Greene.

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Old Friends, New Ideas: Joining Places, Joining Hands

wilderness road 2At the end of January, I was honored to represent Sycamore Shoals as an observer-participant at the History Summit attended by representatives of all the State parks in South West Virginia and Kentucky, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and others like the Daniel Boone Association and The Friends of the Boone Trace . it was a gathering of all those places that mark the journey of Daniel Boone and the opening up and expansion of the Trail from Sycamore Shoals where it first began with the signing of the Transylvania Purchase and the jumping off place of the first families to move past the Districts of the mountains of North Carolina, to Fort Boonesboro, where the population disseminated from there. It was an initial planning and meet and greet to get ready for the 250th Anniversary of the opening up the Trace
. As the staff was in in-service at that time in Nashville and Chad Bogart was literally the only one holding down the fort, I went in his place and my job was to be his eyes and ears (and mouth occassionally) throughout the whole thing .Altogether, it was a very eye-opening experience and while I was there, got to know better people I already was acquainted with and met some very nice new friends. I truly began to appreciate the importance of the work of Daniel Boone, the Wilderness Road, the Daniel Boone Trail and Trace and how these people hacked a Paradise in this wild place.dan1

Joan Short, a volunteer at the Natural Tunnel State Park and now President of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Asssociation , came to the Carter Mansion on Tuesday and asked if I wanted to come to their meeting held today. I said I would and sure enough, I did. It amazed me how much work they do in that area, educational and school programs, monthly talks and more , with the goal of telling the story of the Westward expansion of people from the Frontier to the Frontier over the Mountains into Kyn-tuck and points beyond. It drove home to me how our locations are inextricably linked as our stories overlap so closely.

With that in mind, over the next few days, I’m putting up the links to all of the parks along the Wilderness Road and the Daniel Boone Trail in a separate section along the right margin and I do hope you visit them frequently to see all the wonderful things each group is doing. You will be able to see how the stories interlink and how hard people are working to keep our heritage alive.

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Letters To Representatives About Sabine Hill Visitor’s Center; Have You Done This Yet?

I wrote letters to all the representatives today to fund the Sabine Hill Visitor’s Center. I keep thinking that it’s like having a Dior gown and not being able to wear it. Have you contacted the congressmen yet? The budget hearing is this coming Monday.


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The Kitchen

Front door with copper  fascia

Front door with copper

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To the Washington Co. Militia,

We need your help in securing a visitors center for Sabine Hill. Attached is a letter that lays out the need for the center. If you can, please contact your legislators and press upon them this great need. Time is of the essence! I would consider it a personal favor if you would take the time to read the attached letter and contact your legislators So we can give this wonderful historic site the attention it deserves.

Many Thanks,

February 12, 2015
Dear Friends,
FRIENDS OF SYCAMORE SHOALS NEEDS YOUR HELP!….As many of you know, the Tennessee Historical Commission is presently restoring Sabine Hill in Elizabethton, constructed approximately 1818 by Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor and his wife Mary Patton Taylor. Sabine Hill has been considered the finest example of Federalist architecture in the state and the Taylor family, some of our most important leaders.
The stories surrounding this site and the Taylors include Native American occupation; a rich history regarding slavery; involvement in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, Civil War; the political history of Northeast Tennessee; and the Taylors as an economic powerhouse for the community. Not to mention – Sabine Hill sets at the entrance to Elizabethton.
You may have also seen a lot of work taking place there over the last several months. The restoration project will be complete sometime in 2015, but we were disappointed to learn that the Visitors Center that was to accompany this property was not funded in Governor Haslam’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget.
Without a Visitors Center, which would provide restrooms for guests visiting the house, a small exhibit & meeting area, and gift shop, we are very limited in what we can offer to the public at Sabine Hill.
WHAT YOU CAN DO….. BEFORE the week of February 23rd, please contact your legislators by mail and phone, asking them to support this project for FY 16. Their contact information is provided at the end of this letter.
The Tennessee Historical Commission will have their Budget Hearing the week of February 23rd to present their need to the State Legislature.
The project is labeled:
Sabine Hill State Historic Site: Visitors Center – Requested funding: $620,000.00
Tennessee Historic Commission Budget Code – 327.04
Below are listed some reasons as to the importance of funding the Visitors Center for Sabine Hill:
1. The comfort of our guests, employees and volunteers is of utmost importance. There are no restroom facilities in the historic house, so no person would be able to stay there for an extended period of time without having to drive somewhere to use the restroom.
2. Considering the amount of money that has already been invested in restoring Sabine Hill, it is not logical to not fund the Visitors Center project which is necessary for people to visit this site.
3. We have tentatively planned some wonderful programs for the site, but the absence of restrooms will completely prohibit their implementation. Examples of programs we CANNOT do include
Dining in the historic home, Historic re-enactments, Hosting School groups, and Tours
4. Visitors with varied disabilities will depend on interpretive information in the Visitors Center as the historic home is not ADA accessible. ADA accessibility is waived for restoration of historic property.
Office of the Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey
Suite 1, Legislative Plaza
301 6th Avenue N
Nashville, TN 37243

By Email
By Phone 615.741.4524 or Toll-Free at 800.449.8366 x14524 By Fax 615.253.0197
Senator Rusty Crowe
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 8 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243
Staff Contacts: Jenny Ward or Logan Grant
By Email:
By Phone: (615) 741-2468 By Fax: (615) 253-0359
Representative John B. Holsclaw, Jr.
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 22 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243

Staff Contact: Davis Paine

By Email:

By Phone: (615) 741-7450 By Fax: (615) 253-0310
Representative Timothy Hill
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 23 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243

Staff Contact: Shawn Hatmaker

By Email:
By Phone: (615) 741-2050 By Fax: (615) 253-0298


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Prayer Request: Major Bogart Aunt Passes

Molly News: We’ve had some wonderful things happening at the fort with the opening of the new museum but also we’ve lost a valued member and other members’ families have been affected by the passing of loved ones. Chad is asking for prayers at a trying time for his family.

To the Washington Co. Militia,

I hate to be the bearer of further sad news but I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers as this is a personal loss to me. Today my aunt suffered a massive heart attack and passed away. This is my father’s oldest sister Linda Bogart. She was such a sweet and loving lady I will certainly miss her greatly. She was only 59 years old. Also please remember my dad and his sisters as they share this news with my grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. I’m not sure how she will react. Trying times indeed.

Thank you all,


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Information from DAVID DOAN about brother, Herbert’s funeral arrangements

My brother Herbert with a fake colonial baby.

Herbert Doan with fake colonial baby

Herbert Doan with fake colonial baby

One good lookin group of brothers! 🙂

Brothers Doan, Herbert on right.

Brothers Doan, Herbert on right.

Herb is on the right.

Herbert A. Doan, 58, of Dandridge, died Tuesday. Funeral services will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church. Family will receive friends Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to services at the church. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, Dandridge. Interment graveside services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church Cemetery.

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