Andrew Johnson was presided over the American government during the turbulent years immediately following the Civil War. He did not fare well, nearly becoming the first president removed from office by Congress. The Andrew Johnson Historic Site in Greeneville is a place that puts in perspective his life and the era in which he lived. The “site” actually consists of several things, including a visitor’s center, Johnson’s tailor shop, the two homes in which he lived for most of his life (when he wasn’t in Washington or Nashville), and his grave. One of the things that makes the site a treasure is the fact that, compared to most presidential homes, the things surrounding the properties haven’t changed much in appearance since Johnson lived here (compared to, say, The Hermitage in Nashville). In Greeneville, you feel like it hasn’t been that long since Andrew Johnson was there. This is about an hour and a half drive from the Pigeon Forge area, but I am a history buff, so I added this in my blog.
“A Walk With The President” is a tour brochure provided for those interested in walking or driving on a self-guided tour that allows you to see the sites that were once very familiar to President Johnson. Through an agreement between Main Street: Greeneville and the U.S. National Park Service, walking tours of historic points in downtown Greeneville are offered from April through October. Tours depart from the General Morgan Inn’s lobby at 9:30 a.m.
Call Main Street Tours at 787-0500 for more information.
Address – 121 Monument Avenue, Greeneville, TN 37743
Andrew Johnson Visitor Center, where College and East Depot streets meet in downtown Greeneville
Website – http://www.nps.gov/anjo/planyourvisit/index.htm
Greenville website – http://mshajobtour.com/jcmc/more-fun-places/greeneville/