Andrew Johnson News Release
Release date: June 1, 2020
Contact: Shawn G. Gillette (423) 423-639-3711, x 2
Andrew Johnson NHS is Beginning to Increase Visitor Services to the Park
Greeneville, TN – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is increasing visitor services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase visitor services on a park-by-park basis.
Beginning June 8, 2020, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site will reopen the Andrew Johnson Early Home, visitor center, Memorial Building and Tailor Shop. The hours of operation will be 10am to 3pm, Monday through Friday only.
The Andrew Johnson National Cemetery and all park grounds continue to remain open to the public.
The historic Andrew Johnson Homestead will remain closed.
“We are excited to welcome visitors back to their park,” said park Superintendent David Foster. “We hope everyone will stop by to enjoy and appreciate this special place.”
While these areas are open for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
At Andrew Johnson NHS, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Updates about National Park Service operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. For more information about specific operations at Andrew Johnson NHS visit www.nps.gov/anjo, or call (423) 639-3711 x 2.
For Immediate Release
1.2.2020 - Andrew Johnson NHS Switches to New Hours of Operation
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (NHS) will transition to new hours of operation beginning Thursday, January 2, 2020. The new hours of operation will be 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Sunday. The change will allow staff additional time to address challenges faced at many parks today – how to reach underrepresented audiences, resource
protection, and improvements to the park’s education and interpretive programs.
Starting January 2, 2020, public tours of the Andrew Johnson Homestead will be offered at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 2:30 PM. The free tours are limited to 12 persons. Tickets for the tours are available at the park visitor center located at 101 North College Street, Greeneville, TN. Tickets can only be issued on the day of the tour. Changes to the park’s hours of operation will not affect the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, which is open daily.
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is one of over 419 parks in the National Park System. To learn more about parks and the National Park Service programs in America’s communities visit www.nps.gov .
Last updated: June 1, 2020