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Carter Mansion ready to ring in holiday

A troop stands guard outside of the Carter Mansion in Elizabethon. The tour of the historical home continues this year with historical figures wandering about and Christmas whimsy all around.


Set aside the hustle and bustle that always accompanies this time of year, and step back in time to the 18th century and enjoy a colonial Christmas at the beautiful Carter Mansion. Join Colonel John Carter, the Carter family, and all their friends for a glimpse into simpler time, when Christmas was the grandest celebration of the entire year. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

In colonial America the Christmas season was celebrated as a month long array of merriment and festivities signaled by caroling, feasting, dances, foxhunts, and the firing of Christmas guns. Christmas on the colonial frontier would have been much different though, with only the simplest of pleasures being offered by the humble backwoods settlers. However, in contrast, the Carters would have displayed an opulence only seen in the finest homes of Williamsburg or Philadelphia.  

Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays.  Enjoy music, hot cider, and 18th century interpreters as they transport you to a Colonial American Christmas.  We look forward to your visit for this one-of-a-kind holiday gathering!

Tours are by registration only. A new tour starts every 20 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. The last tour starts at 8:40 p.m. Admission for adults is $7. Ages 7 to 17 to are $3 and ages 6 and under are free. You can register online at

For more information please contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, located at 1651 W. Elk Avenue Elizabethton or call (423)543-5808. You can also visit,, or