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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643-3775
+1 423-543-5808
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STep back in time

A great place for children to visit and learn of the early history of the area. The museum the... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Norine A
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Love my local historic sites

I've grown up across the river from Sycamore Shoals. I now take my children here to learn about our... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park protects the land that was the location of several important historic events that occurred in the late 18th century. Leaving the English colonies, settlers began arriving along the Watauga Old Fields, in search of a new life on what was Cherokee land.The park offers quality educational programs throughout the year telling the stories of the Watauga Association, Transylvania Purchase, Cherokee War of 1776, the Overmountain Men and so much more! John Carter, one of the primary political, military and business leaders of this era, and his son Landon, built a home, the Carter Mansion, three miles from Sycamore Shoals. This structure is the oldest standing frame house in Tennessee, dating back to the mid to late 1770s.
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1651 W Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643-3775
+1 423-543-5808

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

A great place for children to visit and learn of the early history of the area. The museum the fully of interesting things. The fort is fun to visit. The drama in July is a must to see the reenactment of the settlement.

Thank Norine A
Tennessee S, Owner at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Sycamore Shoals truly is a great place to step back in time! We appreciate you recommending our museum and upcoming reenactment in July. Hope to see you there!

Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

I've grown up across the river from Sycamore Shoals. I now take my children here to learn about our history and spend some time in the great outdoors.

Thank broccoli18
Tennessee S, Owner at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2017

We thank you for recognizing the effort put into the interpretive programming at Sycamore Shoals. We hope you and your family are able to visit our other historic Tennessee State Parks sometime! Come see us soon.

Reviewed 21 November 2017

Gives you the background of how things came to be what they are today. Exhibits telling different stories of what happened in the area. People tend not to view history as important as it is but for those who appreciate it, worth a trip

Thank dalberti06
Reviewed 2 November 2017

This Tennessee state park houses a nice museum recounting the area's early settlement history: the arrival of the Watauga settlers, who first rented and later purchased their land from the Cherokees; the Transylvania Purchase, known as the largest private land transaction in the US; the...More

Thank Carolyn B
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This park is absolutely beautiful! My favorite part is the walking trail that runs by the river and there are lots of trees for shade. They have lots of events throughout the year and picnic tables for your Summer picnic.

Thank Shelia S
Reviewed 4 September 2017

There is a well-maintained gravel walking path that goes along the Watauga River down to the Shoals. We walk our dog there at least once a week. The path is about a mile roundtrip. It is shaded by all kinds of hardwood trees. For someone...More

Thank Henk1049
Reviewed 23 August 2017

This is a very nice park to visit because it played a major role in our history. The visitor center has amazing exhibits explaining the history of the park. The reconstructed Fort Watauga is nice to walk through and explore. The mustering grounds for the...More

Thank TampaLover
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Love going to sycamore schools and walking the nature trails it's a peaceful walk along the river where you can see the beauties of nature also enjoy the historical aspects of the park

Thank john J
Reviewed 6 July 2017

This historical setting is a very nice little park to spend time enjoying a picnic or stroll to see the beauty of nature. Pack your picnic basket now and enjoy some of our country's history.

Thank 78vacationer
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

This place holds alot of history.If you catch it at the correct times you will find exhibits , inact war history if you catch the schedule alot goes on in this area. This would be a good one or two day trip.

Thank Jim37643
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Response from J T | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Jeffrey M | Reviewed this property |
No only when they have events at the fort