DescriptionThe history of Fort Watauga and the overmountain settlement around Sycamore Shoals is interpreted today at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, TN.
The complex includes a replica of Fort Watauga, a visitor center with new exhibits opened in 2013, and the nearby Carter Mansion.
Year round events are held at the park. Information is available at www.sycamoreshoalstn.org, the website of the Friends of Sycamore Shoals.
Daniel Boone was no stranger to this area or the people who lived here as he passed through here numerous times on hunting expeditions. In 1775, he was hired by Judge Richard Henderson of North Carolina to gather together the Cherokee leaders for a treaty to lease from them an extensive tract of land west of the Cumberland Gap. This was the Transylvania Purchase, concluded on March 17, 1775.
For more information about Sycamore Shoals and the Overmountain Men mustering for the campaign to pursue British Major Patrick Ferguson in 1780, visit www.OVTA.org and take an online tour of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.