The Historic Carter Mansion, Elizabethton Tennessee
Come take a glimpse of Carter County's rich history by visiting the old Carter Mansion. This historic home is now managed and operated by Sycamore Shoals State Park. The Mansion is one of the oldest houses still standing in Tennessee.
The Carter Mansion was once the home of Col. John Carter and his son Gen. Landon Carter. Built around 1780 by John Carter, a chairman of the Watauga Association, and one of the earliest Watauga Settlers. Landon Carter, known as the "Father of the County" because the county was named for him, and the county seat Elizabethton, for his wife Elizabeth. Open May 15th through August 15th Wednesday through Sunday and by appointment.
"The Carter Mansion" was built before 1780 by John Carter and his son Landon. John Carter was chairman of the Watauga Association, a court of five men elected by the settlers of the Watauga Count in May 1772, "to govern and direct for the common good of all the people." Carter County is named for Landon and Elizabethton is named for his wife Elizabeth MacLin. The family cemetery was located just to the east of the house at the site where it sat upon its original foundation.
A full paranormal investigative study was done inside and around the house in October of 2005. Details of that study are presented year-round on Appalachian GhostWalks' afternoon and evening lantern-led "Haunted Historic Elizabethton GhostWalk". Reservations are required so call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for reservations by telephone, or RESERVE NOW ONLINE. You'll have a simply SPOOK-tacular good time!!!
Click Here to visit the page of the Sycamore Shoals State Park website elaborating on the wonderful history tours they offer of the now fully restored and furnished Carter Mansion.