President Andrew Johnson had a tough act to follow. His presidency was born out of tragedy following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. His home and tailor shop, dating back to 1826, gives you Read more...
President Andrew Johnson had a tough act to follow. His presidency was born out of tragedy following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. His home and tailor shop, dating back to 1826, gives you some perspective on Johnson's political career during one of the most tumultuous times in American history. As president, Johnson helped enact reforms throughout the country as the nation healed from the Civil War.
The Johnson homestead on Main Street in Greeneville, Tennessee. It showcases many original furnishings dating back to the mid-1800s. There's also graffiti left by soldiers when Johnson was away serving as governor of Tennessee. Daily guided tours and people in period costume bring the home to life as if you're living in the 1830s or 1840s. Seasonal decorations make this place truly special.
The president's tailor shop in town is where Johnson got a feel for politics. He debated policies and talking points with people who came into the shop. Even without a formal education, the future president was a skilled debater. Those skills got him the Vice Presidency of the United States for Abraham Lincoln's short-lived second term in 1865.
The beautiful red-brick buildings are beautiful to behold. Several nearby campsites let you explore this town that time forgot. At 15,000 people, Greeneville has a small-town charm with a slight city feel.
The surrounding Unaka Mountains are a natural paradise to explore by car and on foot while you're in the area. Scenic overlooks and hiking trails dot the landscape for many Instagram-worthy photos. Don't miss the Appalachian Mountains. They're just a short drive south to the North Carolina border.