Muster at Fort Watauga brings history to life in Elizabethton

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — History came to life in Elizabethton on Sunday during the Muster at Fort Watauga, an 18th-century living history exhibition.

Nearly 150 reenactors and history buffs gathered at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site to set up camp. Museum curator Chad Bogart said this is the largest living history event held at the site during the year, and he’s seen some new faces attending.

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“We have many repeat people who come to the park to take in this event every year,” he said. “And we’ve been surprised with the number of new people coming in, so we definitely want to share it with those, too.”

The event aims to depict life between the years 1769 through 1780, just before the region’s militia joined in the Battle of Kings Mountain during the Revolutionary War. Bogart said the reenactment serves as an elevated method of education that’s more immersive than a textbook.

Along with a Sunday morning church service, the day consisted of open-hearth cooking, natural yarn-dying and more.

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