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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