Plan A Field Trip
We are excited that you are planning a visit to Andrew Johnson National Historic Site with your students. Your visit will allow student interaction with items that once belonged to Andrew Johnson and his family. As a unit of the National Park Service, our mission is to protect history and share resources while engaging visitors with memorable experiences. When your students visit the site, they will walk the halls of the President's Homestead where the Johnson family experienced happiness and sorrow during pivotal moments of the Civil War. They can listen for the sounds of a tailor cutting cloth in the original shop owned by Andrew Johnson and stand atop Monument Hill at the President's gravesite overlooking Greeneville as they compare and contrast the time period in which the President lived and our lives today.
To Schedule a Field Trip
Teachers wishing to bring their class to the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site need to call the Visitor Center, 423-638-3551. Advance planning is extremely important as the site does require reservations if you wish for park rangers to facilitate activities.
Park Ranger-led programs:
The staff of the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site wants to provide your students with an enjoyable educational program. There is no charge for a ranger-led program of the site. The Homestead tour does require a park ranger to be your guide.
Large groups may require that the teacher lead a session in order to keep the group sizes small.
Groups may visit on a self-guided basis (the only exception is the Homestead which requires a guided tour). Sites available for self-guided programs are the Visitor Center, the Early Home, the Homestead grounds, and the National Cemetery.
Advance registration for a self-guided tour is required. Often, park rangers can assist you in planning the timing of your activities. Please call (423) 638-3551.
Learn more about the On-Site Experience.
Guidelines for a Pleasant Visit
1. It is imperative that each group arrives at the scheduled time. Early or late arrivals cause confusion, and may result in a delay until other groups have been accommodated.
2. Generally, the stops will alternate between the visitor center/museum area and the Homestead. Teacher and students may also wish to see the National Cemetery. Allow at least 30 minutes at each area. Have the groups divided before you arrive. Know where each bus will drop off or pick up students and the timing of your activity rotations. Limited bus and chaperone parking is available at the visitor center parking area and in front of the Homestead. Bus may park outside the cemetery gates on Monument Avenue, or use caution and drive through the National Cemetery. When you call for reservations, a staff member will assist you in planning the itinerary.
3. At least one adult chaperone (preferably two or more) should accompany each group of 25-30 students. Our staff size is limited. Teachers are responsible for the conduct of the group.
4. Facilities are limited. Public restrooms, water to drink, and an Eastern National sales center are located only at the Visitor Center.
5. We are a unit of the National Park Service, and regulations will be strictly enforced in order to "preserve and protect" the park for future generations. All plants, animals, and historic features are protected by law. Federal regulations prohibit picnicking and other recreational activities in any area of the park. Food and drink are not allowed in buildings. Chewing gum is discouraged.
6. Traffic, stairs at the Homestead, Early Home, and Cemetery, and the creek flowing through the Homestead grounds are all potential safety hazards. Ensure that students are adequately supervised at all times.
7. Any rubbings made from the headstones in the National Cemetery are to be done under careful supervision of an adult.
Did You Know?
Contrary to popular thought, Eliza did not teach her husband to read. She did help Andrew Johnson build on what he already knew by tutoring him from her schoolbooks. She also read to him in the Tailor Shop while he worked.