Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Greeneville, Tennessee

The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and National Cemetery interprets the life and legacy of the 17th President. Andrew Johnson’s presidency, 1865-1869, illustrates the United States Constitution at work following President Lincoln’s assassination and during attempts to reunify a nation torn by civil war. His presidency shaped the future of the United States and his influences continue today. ~National Park Service

The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tennessee was much more interesting then I had originally anticipated. I didn’t know anything about President Johnson but I do now.  He came from very humble beginnings as evidenced by the home he was born in, the home he was raised in, and the ‘A Johnson Tailor’ shop he worked in even while involved in politics. Even after becoming Governor of Tennessee, Vice President, and eventually President, President Johnson built a simple home on a Homestead not far from the tailor shop and home he grew up in. His life is deeply intertwined with Greeneville, Tennessee and as a result, he also wanted to be buried there. A National Park Explorer can start with the Visitor Center then get in some fitness by walking to both the Johnson Homestead and the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery where he was laid to rest.

President Andrew Johnson was the Vice President to President Abraham Lincoln and became President after Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. President Johnson was known as the Constitution President. President Johnson was a product of his time and consequently a slave owner but he supported the Emancipation Proclamation and was known as “Moses” for the freedom of slaves in Tennessee while serving as Governor in 1863. Despite living in a Confederate State, he believed in the Union and was also a strong believer that many of the political decisions should be left to the individual States. He supported state sovereignty. Although the Johnson family freed their personal slaves, they stayed because they were safer with the Johnson’s given the current political climate in Confederate States like Tennessee. I was humbled after learning about President Johnson’s character and what an important role he played in American history.

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Greeneville, Tennessee
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A replica of the home President Andrew Johnson was born in. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina but the replica home is in Greeneville, Tennessee.
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The Early Home where President Andrew Johnson grew up and lived for many years located across his tailor shop in Greeneville, Tennessee.
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The State of Tennessee was forward thinking when they decided to enclose the A Johnson Tailor shop in Greeneville, Tennessee. It was a state historic preservation effort that tied in nicely with the creation of the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site.
The original A Johnson Tailor shop located at the Visitor’s Center of the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site.
The A Johnson Tailor sign located on the original structure preserved by the State of Tennessee because of President Johnson’s prominence both as Governor of Tennessee and President of the United States.
President Andrew Johnson’s desk on display outside the historic tailor shop at the Visitor’s Center.
I couldn’t believe how amazing it was that the State of Tennessee and the National Park Service teamed up to preserve the life and legacy of President Andrew Johnson.
A statue of President Andrew Johnson in downtown Greeneville, Tennessee. I wonder what his take on “Click it or Ticket” would be considering his strong beliefs in the Constitution and state sovereignty.

Related Links:
Exploring The Parks: Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Inside the Home of President Andrew Johnson, Greeneville, Tennessee
Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, Tennessee

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