Experience a vintage Victorian holiday at the Andrew Johnson Homestead throughout December 2014. Each room of the house is decorated with greenery, pine cones, tin punch ornaments, holly, and more. We welcome you to experience the season with your 17th President and his family.
The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is participating in the Blue Star Museum program. Read More.
For the Civil War Sesquicentennial
To recognize and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site has created Civil War specific exhibits relating to Andrew Johnson and his family. Andrew Johnson served as Military Governor of Tennessee starting in 1862, and his family either served in the army or spent time as refugees as they struggled to join him in Nashville, TN.
2014 Event Highlights at Andrew Johnson NHS and the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery:
On December 29, 2014 the site recognized Andrew Johnson's 206th birthday. Each year a wreath of red, white and blue flowers is sent to the burial place of all deceased presidents on the anniversary of their birthday. This tradition started during the administration of President Lyndon Johnson and continues through the current administration.
The wreath laying took place at Johnson's Monument in the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery at 12 noon.
An NPS Photo
Wreaths Across America Program
On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery participated in the national Wreaths Across America program. The mission of the Wreaths Across America program is: "Remember - Honor - and Teach. Remember the fallen;Honor those who serve;Teach our children the value of freedom. "
This year, a fir wreath with a bright red ribbon was placed on all the graves in the National Cemetery by veterans and the Junior ROTC. During the event seven ceremonial wreaths representing each branch of military service, with the last recognizing POWs and MIAs, were placed around the flagpole atop Monument Hill. They were carried through a saber arch salute provided by the Junior ROTC cadets. "This is a special event of remembrance," says Superintendent Watts. "It is an exceptional time to show our deep appreciation to all veterans."
The public bore witness to history as Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson described their winning ticket of 1864 in the Behan Arena at Tusculum College Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Portrayed by award-winning presenters Chris Small and Daniel Luther, President Lincoln and Vice President-elect Andrew Johnson were interviewed by Tennessee Tech Professor William Hardy for the public to watch and listen. The lively first person style interview unveiled the two politicians’ impressions regarding the recent election, along with their opinions and visions to re-join the nation after the Civil War.
Lincoln was a Northern Republican and Johnson was a Southern Democrat who joined forces on the overwhelmingly successful National Union Party ticket in the 1864 elections. This was the one and only time in history that the National Union Party ticket was named in a presidential election.
Eliza Johnson is credited with teaching her husband to read and write. He actually had the rudiments of an education, and she helped further it along. Andrew Johnson acknowledged his gratitude in some of his speeches:
And from Johnson's remarks at the Tennessee State Fair (1857): "I tell you, my fellow-citizens, the day is coming when it will be seen that the integrity of this government depends upon the education of our daughters."