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Independence on the Frontier ~ Sycamore Shoals TN

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Crystal blue skies, punctuated with fluffy white clouds filled the air as we headed up to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in nearby Elizabethton on July 4th to enjoy the "Independence on the Frontier" at Fort Watauga."

It’s 1776 and the Colonies are in the throes of the American Revolution. Tennessee is part of the wilderness on the western frontier, a part of North Carolina. The frontier alternates between a peaceful area with frontier families and Indians living in harmony, and a state of chaos.

Life was already a risk for the brave people settling in the area. King George had already forbidden anyone to settle west of the Appalachian Mountains. The people in Sycamore Shoals were slowly filtering into the valleys of the great mountain range. It was a rough, forested land. Friendly relations with the neighbors were the path to survival along with hard work. The frontier families were tough, hardy folk.

The inside of Fort Watauga was filled with reenactors sharing wonderful sketches of 18th century living history. Games were being played by children. A woman sat under a canopy weaving baskets, surrounded by handmade items.  Men gathered around in period dress, talking about politics. Conversations were liberally sprinkled with King George, England, laws and more.

Be sure to wander beyond the Fort. Camped in amongst the trees, down by the river, you will find the Indian camps filled with the bright and colorful dress of the Cherokee Indian tribes that inhabited the area.

Sycamore Shoals teams with living history. We are incredibly impressed with their dedication to living history, their accuracy and how they do a great job of keeping every moment of their events hoping with activity. Plan to stay all day, you will not be bored!

Living History Sites highly recommends spending July 4th at Sycamore Shoals for Independence on the Frontier at Fort Watauga. You won't want to miss a minute of the non-stop action...and tell them the folks at LivingHistorySites.com sent you!

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643

Phone 423-543-5808    Fax  423-543-0078

Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday 8 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday:   1 - 4:30 pm

We observe all State holidays