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Tipton-Haynes to host event on story of the State of Franklin

Contributed Photo • Local reenactors from the Overmountain Men of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will be on the historic grounds to help visitors learn about the formation of the State of Franklin

From Staff Reports

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City will present a reenactment of the State of Franklin Battle on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Many local residents have probably wondered about the origins of how the name State of Franklin became associated with a Johnson City road and bank. Come and join Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site to learn the answer as the events of the State of Franklin and the 1788 battle are celebrated. Visitors will enjoy learning more about this state that might have been.

Hours for the events are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will learn of the failed state and the battle that was fought on the property of Col. John Tipton. Local reenactors from the Overmountain Men of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will be on the historic grounds to help visitors learn about the formation of the State of Franklin. They will also give late 1700s weapons demonstrations and stage a recreation of the battle between neighbors. 

At 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., there will be a showing of “The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin” documentary. Highlighting the day will be a reenactment at 2 p.m. of the 234-year-old battle between the forces of Col. John Tipton and John Sevier.

Come and also discover the rich history of Tipton-Haynes while examining the site’s 11 historic structures. The historic home of the Tipton and Haynes families will be open for visitors to tour throughout the event. Take a relaxing stroll along the site’s quarter mile nature trail or go spelunking in the site’s ancient cave. There will also be several local demonstrators and vendors for crafts and food participating.

Admission for the State of Franklin Battle is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. As always, members of the Friends of Tipton-Haynes are admitted free! 

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site is located at 2620 S. Roan St., Johnson City, and is a Tennessee Historical Commission owned state historic site.

For more information call (423) 926-3631 or email [email protected]