Road and Parking Lot Resurfacing
For the next couple of weeks, road and parking lot repair and resurfacing will be taking place at the park. Be aware that conditions will vary and driving/parking accessibility to some of the site units will be altered.
Plan A Field Trip
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, in advance of their visit.
The Visitor Center attendant can help you schedule your reservation. The tours revolve around half-hour increments needed to complete a tour of the President's Homestead, often with 15 added minutes for movement between the Homestead, the Visitor Center, and any other historic area you may visit.
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. On occasion, students will also see the National Cemetery. Allow 30 minutes at each area. Have the groups divided before you arrive. Know where each bus or group of walking students is going at what time. Limited bus parking is available at the visitor center parking area and in front of the Homestead. Buses may negotiate the main entrance drive into 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?
Johnson's daughter Martha found unframed portraits of J.Q. Adams, Van Buren, Tyler, Polk, Fillmore, and Pierce in the White House attic. They were framed and hung on the state floor. President Johnson enjoyed escorting guests through the hall to show the paintings.