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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

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Address: 1651 W Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643-3775
Phone Number:
+1 423-543-5808
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park protects the land that was the location...

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. 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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A great place!

They have special historical events and for the history buff it's a lovely place to visit. In The summer they have a live outdoor drama depicting the history of the area and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Elizabethton, Tennessee
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Elizabethton, Tennessee
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They have special historical events and for the history buff it's a lovely place to visit. In The summer they have a live outdoor drama depicting the history of the area and significance in the civil war. They have a small indoor museum and outdoor park and fort. Through the year they have 'Musters' on several weekends and live in... More 

Thank SW0820981
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The park grounds are beautiful. The interactive museum is excellent. Staff members are helpful and friendly. The living history events are beyond compare.

Thank omegasjade
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639 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before I begin, I need to apologize to the woman in charge of the visitor center the day we were there. The park grounds are open all the time but the center closes at 4. We live more than a day's drive away and have never made it when it was open. Once again I hurried down the interstates and... More 

Thank Paul S
Tennessee S, Owner at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, Paul. We're really sorry about your rushed visit through the exhibits and your fall! Based on your star rating it seems like you still enjoyed your visit overall. We hope you will come back again sometime. We do a play called Liberty! in July that tells the story of the fort and how it connects... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We go to this area often from SC, enjoy the park & the historical aspects. Great for families with little kinds to adults on their own. Often they offer activities for the community

Thank Katheryn C
Unicoi, Tennessee
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

We were able to use the park for a Campout. Wide open. Nice amphitheater. A pool onsite but wasn't open. It is next to the hospital and in the middle of town but you wouldn't know it. Stop here and enjoy the history.

Thank Drcalain
Elizabethton, Tennessee
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

Sycamore Shoals State park is a great place to visit for families or just to enjoy by yourself if you so choose. You can walk or jog the scenic trail around the river, the scenery is beautiful. They have picnic tables and also have grills there if you choose to cook while you are visiting. If you are a history... More 

Thank Jim S
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9 reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I go to the park regularly to walk. It is so peaceful, great to walk the dog too and the kids enjoy walking around the forts.

Thank Chrystal M
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed walking thru the displays in the building and watching the short video about the fort. Outside the fort itself was very cool . The displays were informative and we learned something in a fun way.

Thank Glen S
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We love this park and they normally have really neat exhibits and reenactments. Cool museum and gift shop.

Thank StellaMeatball
Elizabethton, United States
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172 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

It is free day to day there is special events that may cost. It is open daylight to dust. The welcome center is clean and cool. Great place to walk sight see, bring your lunch to eat, or walk the trails.

Thank Russell H

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