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“Educational but personal” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Greeneville
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philadelphia area
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342 reviews
152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
“Educational but personal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2010

I never knew much about Andrew Johnson. This was just a break on a long road trip and an opportunity to have my kids earn another Junior Ranger badge. And their Junior Ranger booklet is very interesting and diverse here. So I was pleased.
The museum is small and a little wordy for kids. I found out a lot and loved how Johnson would now thumb his nose at people who mocked him for approving the purchase of Alaska.
The most interesting to me was the real American story of rising from poverty to presidency. He was essentially homeless and barely educated. His young wife of 16 taught him to read and write. Their love story was heartwarming.
The house is pretty typical of the period...there's no furniture or personal items. I was most impressed with their basement. The cold stones for storage and the kitchen in the basement was very functional and unusual.

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English first
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“Nice attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2009

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is a National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tennessee, maintained by the National Park Service. It was established to honor Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States, who became president after Abraham Lincoln's death. The site includes two of Johnson's homes, his tailor shop, and his grave site within the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery.

The cemetery also includes the interments of Johnson's wife, Eliza McCardle Johnson, and son Brigadier General Robert Johnson. David T. Patterson, a United States Senator from Tennessee, and his son Andrew J. Patterson, who was instrumental in securing historic designation for the Greeneville properties associated with Andrew Johnson, were among others buried in the cemetery. The site was designated a U.S. National Monument in 1935 and redesignated a National Historic Site on December 11, 1963.

Today the site totals sixteen total acres in area, and has three separate units. These units are the Andrew Johnson Visitor Complex, the Andrew Johnson Homestead, and the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery. Visitors receive a copy of the admission ticket to Johnson's impeachment hearings; every year on May 26, visitors vote on whether or not Johnson should have been removed from office.

The Andrew Johnson Visitor Complex consists of the visitor's center, the museum, and Andrew Johnson's tailor shop. The visitor center shows a 13.5 minute film about Johnson and his time in Greeneville. The one-story/one room tailor shop remains much as it was in Andrew Johnson's day. It is surrounded by a memorial building built by the state of Tennessee in 1923 to prevent wear and tear upon the tailor shop.

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“defender of the Constitution; purchaser of Alaska”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2009

There’s a lot of history here and admission is free.

Going in, the only thing I knew about Johnson was that he had been Lincoln’s Vice President and became President after the assassination.

Has anyone in the history of our country risen to the White House from as poor and as humble a beginning as Andrew Johnson? A remarkable life story.

See the film about Johnson, the museum, the two homes, and the tailor’s shop. The Johnson grave site is a couple of blocks away.

The tour of the home by the NPS guide was excellent.

Notice the piece of trans-Atlantic cable in the museum…..

Thank TravelingGuy
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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“more fun than expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2008

Wife and I were looking for something not to far away one bored day, found this and thought why not. We were pleasantly surprised, the house is kept up beautifully by the parks service, also learned alot about this president from the well read, informed, and extremely friendly guide that seemed to love his job immensely. The guide was worth the trip alone.

It was a nice contrast to some of the mansions I've seen of the other presidents. Andrew Johnson seemed a little more like an average joe than the rest. But maybe that's just me. The house has many well kept artifacts that bring him and his family to life.

On a side note, ask about the graffiti the troops wrote in his house for a good laugh.

And its free! If your near this area check it out, I believe you'll enjoy it.

1 Thank Kuthulazrah
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Elkton Kentucky
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“Worth the Stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2008

My husband is a real history buff, especially the Civil War. So, he loved this stop. He was in “hog heaven”.
My husband pulls the kids (9-10) and me to all of these historic sites. Quite often, we are left board. This site was actually a lot of fun. It has a lot of the actual buildings and furnishing. It was really neat, and it was free.
Well worth the stop!

1 Thank emily8
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