SYCAMORE SHOALS STATE HISTORIC AREA
Sycamore Shoals is a Tennessee State Park that commemorates early history of the area. The park has many educational activities and events throughout the year, which can be found on the Sycamore Shoals website.
The project was begun in 2006 by a group of Master Gardeners from Carter County. The gardens were designed, planted and are maintained by certified Master Gardeners and consist of:
- Herb Gardens outside the kitchen cabin of Fort Watauga
- Butterfly Gardens established in 2008 contain 25 varieties of native plants; 297 total plantings. Both the host garden and nectar garden are thriving. The garden is a registered Official Monarch Way Station... A Grant was obtained in 2010 to complete perimeter and internal garden paths for easy access and efficient maintenance of the butterfly garden.
- Kitchen and Vegetable Gardens at Carter Mansion
Visitors to the historic site number over 300,000 each year. Many school children from the local schools come with their teachers and classmates to view the gardens and learn about the metamorphosis of the Monarchs. The Carter County Conservation Group also visits the park and the gardens each year as part of their curriculum.
Herb Gardens by Fort Watauga
Photo Gallery Butterfly Garden Summer 2014