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Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park 
1651 W. Elk Ave.
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Visitor Center Hours:

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Sunday
Closed Mondays
Our Vistors Center is closed on most State holidays.

Park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset.

Along the Watauga Old Fields, the first democratic government on this continent came to pass – the Watauga Association in 1772.  It is impressive knowing these early settlers developed a plan for law and order on the frontier, coupled with the concept that ‘every free man would have a vote.’    Their rules and regulations came to pass 4 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. 

The Transylvania Purchase, deemed the largest private real estate transaction on this continent, between the Cherokee and Judge Richard Henderson, took place on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals in 1775. By 1776, Fort Watauga was constructed to protect the settlement from Cherokee attack as they resisted the influx of settlers to their lands. 

Sycamore Shoals is also well known for the Muster of the Overmountain Men in 1780, during the American Revolution.   From Sycamore Shoals, a militia moved forth in search of British Major Patrick Ferguson, in response to his threat to destroy their homes west of the mountains.   Their successful defeat of Ferguson at Kings Mountain was deemed by many historians an event which ultimately ‘turned the tide of the American Revolution.’ 

For more information, contact:
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
1651 West Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, Tennessee
(423) 543-5808