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“Excellent Opportunity”

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Greeneville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 15, 2013

This stop was a personal choice for my travel and I was not disappointed. A goal is to visit as many homes/museums/libraries of our Presidents. This was a home with a fascinating history both from the time line of President Johnson and through the later years after his Presidency and for his heirs.

After going to the Visitor's Center, one is directed to this location within a short walk or drive. It is well worth seeing and the guide was knowledgeable and enjoyable to listen to him relate life in this house.

It suited not only adults but has much to offer children and teens as well. The grounds are also beautiful.

A great choice and many things to see and do around the area of Greeneville, TN. Take the time to see another time and history of our country, if you can.

Thank bseashore
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

None of us were alive back when Andrew Johnson was President so this site takes you back from a replica of his birthplace (not actually part of the NPS site, across the street), to his first home, his tailor shop, and then to his final home and to his resting place. Andrew Johnson's claim to fame is that he was impeached. But I could not but think he was the idyllic image of what an American President should be. He was born poor, soon fatherless, never attended school for even a day in his life, obtained his education from readers that sat in the tailor shop where he was apprenticed and later in the one he owned. He loved learning and truly wanted to serve people. He moved into politics and stood his ground when the Civil War came and ended. He loved the American flag and the Constitution and was buried with both. He loved people and saw beyond classes and race. He was an amazing person, not just for his time but even for ours. They don't make them like AJ anymore.

The Birthplace is very very small and difficult to imagine that was a house for a family but I guess the idea is not to be IN it all day, but outdoors doing things. The Early Home is presented nicely but unfurnished, instead there are exhibits in every room. The Tailor Shop has been saved and restored indoors at the museum/visitor center across the street but it is in a room slightly bigger than the Tailor Shop so you can't really see it all at once. The museum itself is small but with very informative exhibits. There is also an orientation movie. Across the street there is a statue of AJ in his beloved city of Greenville. To get to his final Home, you have to walk uphill a few blocks (or drive there). It is well worth it. It is a rather large house and filled with all family belongings - although generations lived there after AJ died so it not all necessarily his. Plus the home was overrun during the Civil War and he had it restored afterward while he was President so earlier belongings are gone. The park ranger that gave the tour was very interesting and had many wonderful stories and facts. Plus you can take pictures.

I drove to the Cemetery a few minutes away but there was construction at the front gate. I tried to get in from the back but this required parking on the street several blocks away and then a climb up a very long staircase. As I was short on time, I could not do it but I wanted to see AJ's final resting place and the family plot.

All in all, a wonderful can't miss if you like history, America, the Presidency, and old houses.

1  Thank civil-warrior
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I wasn't a history buff growing up and now I love learning about our country's history. I was impressed with the information in the visitors center and with the park ranger, but didn't think the small house across the street was worth the trip inside. It was filled with big signs explains things and took away from the feel of the home. Also a wood wall barricading the stairs and something else was really out of place.
We had a difficult time finding the center using AAA directions. The directions took us to the cemetery and we just happened upon the rest of the buildings.

We did not go into the museum home, though. Maybe that would have made the trip complete. There is a fee to visit the museum home.

1  Thank Elaine B
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This was a wonderful experience to learn about the man who assumed the presidency after Lincoln. They have Pres. Johnsons tailor shop that has stood exactly where it stands today inside the museum. It is a wonderful collection of buildings and presentation of history. A trip up to his grave was a beautiful view. It is easily accessed and a quick stop if you are passing through.

1  Thank beachbird123
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We stopped here on our way to Virginia last month, to learn a little about the President who succeeded Lincoln. About the only thing most Americans know about Andrew Johnson is that he was impeached, and I've always wondered if any man, even Lincoln himself, could have done any better in the Presidency than Johnson did. Greeneville, TN is a scenic town about 10 miles off the Interstate, and seems like it would be a nice place to live. Upon arriving at the Johnson Historic Site, we started at the Visitor's Center, viewing the movie and other artifacts about Johnson's presidency. Then, it was a short walk down to the house where Johnson and his family lived before and after the Civil War. Each of these were very informative, especially the tour of the house. Be sure to visit the grave of Johnson and his family, about a mile south of town, also. My only complaint about this site: the NPS worker in the visitors center, a young lady, was quite disinterested, and barely acknowledged our questions. The gentleman giving tours of the house, on the other hand, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and talkative. I wish we had had more time to visit with him. And I wish he had been there to meet us at the visitors center upon our arrival.

2  Thank CDF71
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