Andrew Johnson National Historic Site | VISITOR CENTER

Inside the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center

Inside the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center

GENERAL INFORMATION

From April through November, the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center is open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM. From December through March it is only open on Wednesdays through Sundays, same hours. The entire park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Keep in mind that times can always change, so before making travel plans be sure to get the latest schedule on the National Park Service’s official Operating Hours and Seasons web page for the park.

The Visitor Center is located in downtown Greeneville, Tennessee. There is a parking lot specifically for the building, so you do not have to park on the street. Once you are in Greeneville there are plenty of road signs pointing the way—you can get there without a map or GPS as long as you can get to Greeneville.


AMENITIES

  • Ranger-staffed information desk where you can ask questions, pick up a free park brochure, and inquire about Johnson Homestead House tours.
  • Gift and bookstore
  • Small exhibit area
  • Park film
  • Restrooms

PARK FILM

A 14-minute film on the life of Andrew Johnson shows on demand—just ask the Ranger to start it for you. While the film does discuss the early years of Johnson’s life, the main focus is on his term as president and his impeachment trial. I highly recommend watching the film before taking the Homestead tour so that you have a clue about what the tour guide is talking about. There is no objectionable material, so the film is suitable for all ages.


EXHIBIT AREA

Andrew Johnson personal items and memorabilia are on display at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center

Andrew Johnson personal items and memorabilia are on display at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center

A small exhibit area is comprised mainly of information panels that give a blow-by-blow account of Johnson’s term as president after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, including his impeachment hearings. The panels are put together in an easy to follow chronological order, and they are a perfect way to get up to speed on Johnson and his stint as president. At the end, you can cast your vote for or against Johnson’s removal from office. The information panels do not cover his personal life, as those topics are the focus of the other attractions in the park—his tailor shop, his first house in Greeneville, and his second house located on Main Street.

Vote on whether Andrew Johnson was guilty or not guilty at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center

Vote on whether Andrew Johnson was guilty or not guilty at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center

There are a few artifacts housed in a glass display case. Items include tickets to the impeachment hearings, Johnson’s walking stick, and a stamping board he used in the White House.

Stamping board used by Andrew Johnson while in the White House and other memorabilia are on display at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center

Stamping board used by Andrew Johnson while in the White House and other memorabilia are on display at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center

SCHEDULING YOUR TIME

I realize that most people do not want to read all of the information in a museum, but in this case, I highly recommend doing so unless you are well versed on the history of Andrew Johnson. You can read everything in twenty minutes. And as I mentioned earlier, be sure to watch the park film as well. While most of it covers the same materials as the exhibits, the film does talk about his childhood years and his initial foray into politics. All in all, plan to spend about a half hour at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center.

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Last updated on September 14, 2023
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