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“Made this political figure human for me.”

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Greeneville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 19, 2011

We toured Johnson's home and our guide made the family come to life for us. Revealed the personal side of a figure we before had only considered from a political standpoint. Also noteworthy is that the tour is free! Please donate at the visitors' center.

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Reviewed July 29, 2011

The NPS does an excellent job in preserving the site and presenting the material for an individual who was vilified, perhaps falsely depending on one's political leanings.

The guide knows knows the material and is able to relate it to current events. Even my teenager found it interesting and asked questions.

Thank phlege
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

This National Historic Site is out of the way but worth every minute and mile! It's up to the ususal NPS high standard of care and vistor experience. Watch the the 20 minute movie first - I guarentee you'll learn more about Andrew Johnson in it than you ever learned in school (or the History Channel, for that matter!). Then tour all the sites--his tailoer shop, first home, and last home--because they all have something different to offer. And make time for the home tour because it's full of period items owned by the family. Regardless if you like traditional poltiical history, social history, or architecture, there's something here for you. The ranger guiding our tour was excellent and really knew his stuff!

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Reviewed October 13, 2010

For any history buff, this is definitely worth the stop! And best of all, it is FREE!!! I visited here on 10-11-10 and it wasn't very crowded. I was the first to sign up for the house tour and then 6 more visitors came along. The tour of the house was great--our tour guide was SO awesome (I wanna say his name was Daniel, I think). He was very knowledgeable and informative and interjected humor in an otherwise dry and political and policy driven presidency. And also, you are encouraged to take all kinds of pictures in the house which I thought was great because in so many places, you cannot take pictures inside of the home. The most interesting thing to find out about this home was when Preseident Johnson took office and moved into the White House, vandals came in in wrote graffitti all over the walls. This is still preserved but is covered up with wallpaper now. In one of the upstair rooms, there is an excerpt of graffitti that says things like, "Andrew Johnson, the old traitor" that dates back to 1868. To have this still preserved is so wonderful even though the message is ugly.

Catch the 13 minute video before the house tour if you can especially if you don't alredy have a working knowledge of Johnson. It will help you understand the information given during the tour.

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Reviewed July 25, 2010

We were doing a self-guided driving tour from Pigeon Forge (we really didn't want to get caught in the tourist traps of Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg), so we just cruised straight up route 321 in Tennessee. One of the stops on the tour was Andrew Johnson's Historic site and National Cemetery in Greeneville. This was a real surprise. The visitor center has a number of panels to read about Johnson and they also have built the center around Johnson's original tailor shop to preserve it. Across the street from the visitor center is Johnson's early home. Then a few blocks from that is the home he lived in after his presidency. We took the tour of his 'later' home and the tour guide, Ms. Bell was fabulous and very knowledgeable about the Johnson family. We toured the whole house and compared to the other Presidential homes we have visited, Johnson was much more 'simple' in his life style. His home wasn't as lavish or large as Andrew Jackson or George Washington.
Near the edge of town is the National Cemetery that he was buried at (that wasn't a cemetery at all until Johnson's death). The story of how his burial site came to be is interesting as well. We really enjoyed this visit. If you have the time, drive around downtown. The town is very old and is just beautiful (if you like old architecture).

1  Thank Est8gal
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