A House In Mourning: Death, Disease & Loss in the Victorian Era
During October and November, the Andrew Johnson Homestead will be decorated as a house in mourning. Death, disease, and loss touched every family, especially those during the Civil War. Come take a homestead tour and see how the Johnson family mourned for their loved ones, and how they remembered those who had passed on.
The artifacts speak for themselves as we look at the actual events and tragedies that surrounded the Johnson family. Items come from the Andrew Johnson NHS collection, Tusculum University, the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, and Betsy Carrier. This special exhibition is part of our regular homestead tours. Tour times are available at the park visitor center, and free tickets can be acquired at that location. This is a free tour.
An evening tour will be held October 26th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Call the VIsitor Center at 423-638-3551 for more information.
Discover more about Eliza McCardle Johnson through C-Span's "First Ladies: Influence and Image" series. The broadcast enables viewers to learn more about this reclusive yet quietly influential First Lady.
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."
The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is a fee-free site, but is still a member of the Blue Star Museum program.
Last updated: October 16, 2018