National Park Week
This year's National Park Week at Andrew Johnson NHS will emphasize both the past and the future. The Visitor Center, located at the corner of North College and East Depot Streets in downtown Greeneville, will provide information on the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Particular focus will be on the young people representing the future, with an information display about the National Parks participating in the Junior Civil War Historian program. Superintendent Watts invites the public to stop by and collect the Andrew Johnson NHS Civil War trading cards, taking the first step in earning the Junior Civil War Historian patch.
National Park Week begins with fee-free days on the weekend of April 19th and 20th at all National Parks that charge an entrance fee. The week-long celebration at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site will conclude with National Junior Ranger Day on April 26th.
Junior Ranger Day
We invite our younger neighbors and guests to take part in a "History Hike" of the site on April 26th. The first hike will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon and the second from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Both hikes will begin at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center located at 101 N. College Street.
For the 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 National Cemetery:
Easter Egg Roll
Participants decorated their own wooden eggs as they discovered the stories behind the Easter Egg Roll at the White House and more. We partnered with the Nathanael Greene Museum to host the Easter Egg Roll on the grounds of the Andrew Johnson Homestead. The program took place on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Updated Revolving Temporary Exhibit
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site showcased a rotating exhibit “From a Living Legacy to a Descendant’s Dream.” The exhibit highlighted the efforts of Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett, the Great-Granddaughter of our 17th President, Andrew Johnson, and her efforts to preserve the story of her ancestor. Park superintendent Lizzie Watts stated that Mrs. Bartlett was the prime champion of creating the site. She visited Congress on numerous occasions to plead her case. And she was successful.
The exhibit included a number of photographs of Mrs. Bartlett and a concise history of the challenges that she faced in her efforts to preserve the Andrew Johnson story and the site becoming a unit of the National Park Service.
The Spirit of Sojourner Truth
After the tremendous success of 2013's living history event with Michael Crutcher as Frederick Douglass, "Right is of no sex, and truth is of no color," the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site welcomed Dr. Daisy Century as Sojourner Truth to present "Ain't I a Woman?"
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."
Did You Know?
On September 18, 1867, President Andrew Johnson spoke at the dedication of the Antietam National Cemetery. The dedication took place on the fifth anniversary of the battle.