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The John & Landon Carter Mansion

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Built between 1775-80 by John and Landon Carter, the Carter Mansion is the oldest standing frame house in the state of Tennessee.  Both John and Landon were strong business, political and military leaders in the Watauga Settlement in the late 18th century.  The interior of the home is noted for it's elaborate architecture which include hand carved panels, crown molding, and chair railing. Considered the oldest paintings known in the state, two over-mantle paintings can be seen over the fireplace in Carter's office and upstairs in the master bedroom.

Prior to Carter's arrival, Native Americans lived at this site as documented by archaeological studies in 1923,  the 1970's, and more recently in the Fall of 2016. Three centuries before Carter's arrival, evidence suggests that there was a thriving town and community here.  For thousands of years before that, Native Americans used this land for seasonal camp sites.

The Carter Mansion is managed by Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park and offers tours and special events throughout the year, which include Christmas at the Carter Mansion in early December and the Carter Mansion Celebration in the spring.

For information please call Sycamore Shoals at 423-543-5808

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Built before 1780 by John and Landon Carter in today's Elizabethton, TN
Carter Mansion Tennessee Historical Marker
Candlelit home during Christmas at the Carter Mansion
The over-mantle painting in John Carter's Office
The Master Bedroom in the Carter Mansion
Carter Mansion Celebration
Carter Mansion Celebration
The John & Landon Carter Mansion

For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact The John & Landon Carter Mansion directly.


1031 Broad St.
Elizabethton, TN 37643


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Admission to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is free. There is a small charge for tours of the Carter Mansion.
Most family programming is offered at no charge. A few events due require a minimal admission fee such as, the Native American Festival, Christmas at the Carter Mansion, various workshops, and Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals, the Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee


Please call Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park for information on tours and special events at the Carter Mansion.

Sycamore Shoals Visitor's Center hours:
Tuesday - Saturday from 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday - 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Closed Mondays and most State Holidays
Dates Closed
The Carter Mansion has a varied tour schedule through the calendar year. Please call Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808 for information on tours and special events at the Mansion

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