Every season brings a few festivals to Elizabethton. The city is jumping during Covered Bridge Days: a four-day celebration with live music and arts and crafts sales and shows. Enjoy everything from bluegrass to oldies and pick out a little something for your new home. May is time for Muster at Fort Watauga, a re-enactment of frontier life and battles from the Revolutionary War. Learn how to make a fire from flint and steel, and enjoy some old-timey campfire cooking. No season would be complete without the Christmas Craft Show, held mid-November with 50 vendors selling goods just in time for Christmas.
Modest but Magnificen
It is easy to satisfy most any food craving in Elizabethton, from comfort to Chinese. Sammons Hot Dogs is simple inside and out, but you may never find a better hot dog and seasoned French fries basket. Red Chili is small and casual, but the Korean food served here is always hot and fresh. Vegetarians will be pleased with City Market and the broccoli cheddar soup and homemade cornbread. Speaking of cornbread, have a big helping with butter to go with some crispy fried chicken and creamy mashed potatoes and gravy at Nanny’s Country Kitchen.
The Marks of History
Turn a corner in Elizabethton, and you will find a remembrance of its historical past. The Doe River Covered Bridge was built in 1882 and is believed to be the state’s oldest covered bridge still in use. Visit the John & Landon Carter Mansion to see the oldest surviving framehouse in Tennessee. Built on land purchased from Cherokee Indians in the late 1700s, the interior is stately to this day. Residents and visitors alike make sure to pay homage to the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, the starting point for 18th century westward expansion and site of a replica of Fort Watauga.