Greeneville is a town in Greene County, Tennessee and the county seat. It is located about halfway between Bays Mountain and the Bald Mountains— part of the main Appalachian crest. The town is known as the capital of the 18th century State of Franklin and as the town where United States President Andrew Johnson began his political career. Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tennessee was established to honor Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States. Andrew Johnson National Cemetery is part of the National Historic Site. The Dickson-Williams Mansion is a beautifully restored pre-Civil War plantation type mansion. Greeneville is known all over the country for hosting the Green County Fair.
1.Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tennessee was established to honor Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States. Johnson became president after the assassination of President Lincoln. Andrew Johnson and his wife lived in their home in Greenville from 1869 to 1875. Johnson had bought the home in 1851. The beautiful two-story brick house in Greek Revival style was occupied by soldiers during the war years and had to be renovated when the family returned after Johnson's leaving the presidency in 1869. The historic site includes two Johnson's homes, his tailor shop, and his grave site, located within the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery. The site covers sixteen acres, and consists of three separate units: the Andrew Johnson Visitor Complex, the Andrew Johnson Homestead, and the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery. The visitor center shows a short film about Johnson and his life in Greeneville. The one-room tailor shop looks today as it did in Andrew Johnson's day. Andrew Johnson's first Greeneville home is located just across the Street from the visitor complex.
101 N College St, Greeneville, TN 37743, Phone: 423-638-3551
2.Andrew Johnson National Cemetery
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The Andrew Johnson National Cemetery is located on the grounds of the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tennessee. The cemetery was established in 1906 and was built around the resting place of Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States. It holds over two thousand graves. Andrew Johnson purchased in 1852 twenty-three acres outside Greeneville on Signal Hill. Johnson was buried on the property on August 3, 1875. A 28-foot tall marble statue was placed by Johnson's grave on June 5, 1878. The monument was so dominant that the hill's name was changed to "Monument Hill". Johnson’s daughter Martha Johnson Patterson willed the land on 1898 to become a park. When the National Park Service took over the cemetery in 1942, they ruled to allow no more interments, in order to preserve the historic nature of the cemeteries but the decision was changed later. .
121 Monument Ave, Greeneville, TN 37743, Phone: 423-639-3711
3.The Dickson-Williams House
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The Dickson-Williams Mansion is a beautifully restored example of pre-Civil War plantation type mansion in Greenville, Tennessee. It was originally built as a home of William Dickson, Greeneville's first postmaster, in 1815. Dickson's daughter, Catharine Douglas Dickson, and her husband Dr. Alexander Williams also lived in the house. The home was called the "Showplace of East Tennessee", for its superb craftsmanship and hospitality. The house was surrounded by a formal garden, designed by Theodore Brinkermann. The Williams family entertained many famous guests in the house, such as Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson, Marquis de LaFayette and others. During the war the house was the headquarters for both Union and Confederate officers while they were in Greeneville.
108 N Irish St, Greeneville, TN 37743, Phone: 423-787-7746
4.Buffalo Trail Orchard
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Buffalo Trail Orchard is a family-owned and run apple orchard and berry patch located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, just outside Greeneville, Tennessee. Besides apples and berries, the farm grows plums, pumpkins, squash and other veggies. They are focused on using sustainable method in farming. Visitors are invited to pick their own apples, berries and pumpkins. There is a small store at the farm where visitors can purchase home-made jellies and jams. The store operates on honor system. Buffalo Trail Orchard also sells its products at the Market Square Farmers Market and Boone Street Market in Jonesborough.
1890 Dodd Branch Rd, Greeneville, TN 37743, Phone: 423-639-2297
5.President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library
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Located on the campus of Tusculum University, the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library in Tusculum, Tennessee, is the Presidential Library and Museum for Andrew Johnson. Johnson donated a total of $4,245.62 for construction of a building that housed classrooms, a chapel, offices, and a library. The structure, called Old College, was completed in October 1841 and was used until 1887. Just like other buildings, Old College served many other purposes such as faculty housing, classroom space and a student dormitory. In 1993, the Old College was restored to its original look and adapted to house the Andrew Johnson Collection, as well as to be used for other related programs. The building is open to the public by appointment.
67 Gilland St, Tusculum, TN 37745, Phone: 423-636-7348
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