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Elizabethton TN


Elizabethton TN “Historic Elizabethton”


Town of Elizabethton Tennessee
Located in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee, Elizabethton is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the seasons. Whether you’re interested in boating, fishing, hiking, camping or biking, Elizabethton has it all. The town is also filled with a rich heritage and you can find many historic sites all around the area. Come check out the Watauga River that offers excellent white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing! The town also hosts an abundance of events and festivals throughout the year. 



History of Elizabethton  Tennessee
Elizabethton is home of the first permanent settlement outside the original 13 colonies and the majority-rule system of American democracy, the Watauga Settlement at Sycamore Shoals. The Sycamore Shoals was also the site of the largest private land deal in American history. Known as the Transylvania Purchase, 20 million acres of land marked the beginning of the westward expansion. 

In 1780, 1100 men gathered here before making the 14-day march to King’s Mountain, South Carolina. Eventually defeating Major Patrick Ferguson in the now famous battle of King’s Mountain. 

The town of Elizabethton was established in 1799 as the county seat of Carter County. 




Doe River Covered Bridge 
This white clapboard bridge is believed to be the oldest covered bridge in the state that is still in use today. The bridge spans 134 feet across the Doe River and is surrounded by a park with walking paths, benches, picnic tables and plenty of ducks! 



Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area 
This area was the launching point for the westward expansion in the late 18th century, and the cradle of American democratic government. The area celebrates numerous historic events detailing the American Indian and colonial history of Elizabethton. Take a step back in time to the turn of the 18th century with a visit to the reconstructed of Fort Watauga. The famous Overmountain Men met here in September of 1780 before their march to fight the battle of King’s Mountain. The area is also home to one of the earliest established permanent American settlements beyond the mountains. 



Covered Bridge Days 
Come out and celebrate summer in one of the region’s most beautiful areas! Filled with fun activities for the entire family, this festival features great live entertainment that ranges from gospel to country music. Southeastern artisans display unique and traditional arts and crafts. The Kids Island will offer fun filled activities for all ages. The streets will also be filled with more than 150 classic cars on Saturday night! 




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