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“Spend the Morning Learning about the Constitution President”

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Greeneville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We (mom, two boys and myself) stopped in to visit on our way through northern Tennessee. We were greeted by a friendly Ranger who knows so much about President Johnson he could write a book! We watched the obligatory 15 minutes National Park/Monument video (that refreshed my memory). We then got to decide if we would vote for impeachment or not. The park service put his original tailor shop in the visitor's center. After that we headed out and poked around his first home in Greeneville. We then headed a few blocks to his presidential home. I enjoyed the tour. Coming from VA, I liked seeing presidents from later in American history. Worth the few hour visit!

One note: there was an older woman with a walker and she had difficulties traversing the steps. Might want to keep that in mind.

Thank Cori F
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

I learned quite a lot I had never known about Andrew Johnson. I liked seeing his tailor shop, and the various artifacts of his life and presidency. The tour of his residence was excellent, and our knowledgable ranger guide answered many questions from our group. He told a great variety of stories about Johnson and his family, as we looked at the carefully restored home. One wall had been left bare to show the graffiti written all over the walls by occupying soldiers during the civil war. It was a great insight into a frequently misunderstood president.

Thank ColoradoRobin
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Wow, we all learned a lot about Johnson thanks to the tour of his home and the visitor center. We will all give Andrew Johnson a kinder review after this tour. He's always been blamed for the disaster of reconstruction in the south and it was enlightening to learn that congress was mainly to blame. Johnson was a fierce defender of the constitution. Our 9 year old loved the fact that he could take pictures, touch the handrail on the stairs and even go out on the balcony. Most of the Presidential homes he's visited don't allow any of that. There are many more interesting things to learn about the Johnson family. If you are in the area it is worth the drive out of the way to learn about Andrew Johnson.

Thank DRL615
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

This Historic site spans several individual properties in "downtown" Greenville TN. As part of the Junior Ranger program, we were able to visit most of them. We especially enjoyed the house tour (the map to walk there safely was very easy to follow, unlike most NPS maps). The interpreter/ranger was very sensitive to the needs of our young family and helped us feel welcome as part of the group. (Note: the house is NOT stroller accessible - but we parked the stroller on the large porch and carried the babby)

The museum focuses on the political career of Andrew Johnson with a huge focus on the Impeachment trial and results. Several parts (like voting for/against impeachment) are interactive, which my young Junior Ranger enjoyed. The tailor's cabin (enclosed within the museum) is REALLY neat. It is amazing what lengths they went to to preserve this shop. The kids enjoyed the kids-area dress up.

The Junior Ranger program was hard to complete. The verbiage was above an 8-year-olds' reading level and the questions were often found in obscure locations. In addition, it was not available as a PDF download so we had to do it all THERE. The phenomenally helpful rangers helped make it a positive experience for HIM however. We also were able to complete the Civil War Historian Junior Ranger (patch) with this and two other CW NHP sites.

Thank PathfinderMark
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

They recommend go in the home across from the tailor's shop/visitor center first but I say go for the visitor center video FIRST and you'll understand more. The house where he later lived with his family is across the street. Don't despair that it is mostly educational exhibits and not artifacts because the real stuff is in a third house where they later lived just down the street.
Because their heirs revered their heritage for several generations you will see the family's actual possessions, not just a recreation, which I think is unique. The ranger will explain how they managed to do this. Besides Johnson's life and presidency, it provokes a lot of thought about the culture of his time in general--we had several topics to google when we returned home.

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