ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – A glimpse of 18th century life, featuring colonial skills and trades, will take place 10 a.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. The event is free and open to the public.
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 the Revolutionary past. The militia will also present flintlock musket firing demonstrations, 18th century artillery demonstrations and military drills.
The 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.
For more information, visit www.sycamoreshoalstn.org.