One of Greene County’s most famous citizens, President Andrew Johnson, moved from North Carolina to Greeneville in 1826, and set up a tailor’s shop. In 1829 he was chosen as alderman and in 1834 he became Greeneville’s mayor. During the next 30 years he served in both the Tennessee and United States legislatures.
The mist hung low over the rolling hills of Greeneville, Tennessee, whispering tales of its storied past. Here, where the Nolichucky River gurgles and the Great Smoky Mountains stand sentinel, history isn’t a museum exhibit, it’s the very air you breathe.
Step into the 18th century at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. Walk the halls where the 17th President of the United States, tailor by trade and leader by circumstance, once lived. Feel the weight of history as you stand on the balcony where Johnson addressed the nation after Lincoln’s assassination, grappling with a shattered Union and a path forward.
But Greeneville is more than one man’s legacy. It’s the birthplace of American folk hero Davy Crockett, whose tales of frontier adventure still echo through the hollers. Visit the David Crockett Birthplace State Park, where a replica cabin and living farmstead transport you back to a simpler time, when coonskins were currency and bears were best friends (or least, worthy adversaries).
Wander through the heart of downtown, a National Historic District boasting grand Victorian mansions and quaint brick storefronts. Browse for treasures at the Greeneville Antique Market, where history whispers from dusty trinkets and forgotten furniture. Immerse yourself in local lore at the Greene County History Museum, where stories come alive through exhibits and artifacts, from Native American arrowheads to moonshine stills.
For a dose of automotive nostalgia, cruise into the City Garage Car Museum, a shrine to gleaming chrome and roaring engines. Trace the evolution of the automobile, from horseless carriages to muscle cars, and feel the wind in your hair (metaphorically, of course) as you imagine cruising down country roads in a vintage convertible.
Greeneville isn’t just about the past, though. It’s a vibrant community pulsing with artistic energy. Catch a performance at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, where world-class musicians, comedians, and theater productions take center stage. Wander through the studios of local artists at the Art Greer Gallery, where canvases come alive with the colors of the Tennessee landscape and the souls of its people.
And when the sun dips below the mountains, painting the sky in fiery hues, head to the Greeneville Farmers Market. Sample locally grown produce, indulge in homemade jams and honey, and listen to musicians fill the air with bluegrass melodies.
Greeneville isn’t just a place to visit, it’s a place to experience. Here, history is your companion, nature your playground, and community your warm embrace. So come, wander its streets, climb its hills, and let the spirit of Greeneville weave its magic on your soul. Remember, you’re not just a visitor, you’re a part of the story now.
We invite you to rediscover the classic pleasures of travel at Greeneville’s Historic General Morgan Inn, the perfect place to spend the night – whether you’re traveling for an intense business meeting with clients, or leisurely touring the lush foothills of Northeast Tennessee. Independently owned and operated for nearly a century, the General Morgan Inn is once again a privately-owned, independent hotel catering to the needs of the guest. Our 51 beautiful guest rooms and suite are located in the heart of Greeneville’s Historic Business District. Don’t forget to dine at our 4-star restaurant, Brumley’s during your stay!
Greeneville Antique Market
Owned by sisters Vickie Gregory and Rebecca Wolfe since 2008, Greeneville Antique Market first opened in 1990 and now hosts more than 75 vendors with a wonderful variety of antiques, furniture, art and collectibles
City Garage Car Museum
City Garage Car Museum was founded in 2009 by Kent Bewley, a Greeneville native whose family has been in the automobile business since 1937. His father, R. R. Bewley, was a Pontiac-Cadillac-Packard dealer. A special section of the museum is devoted to Bewley Motor Co. with the original signs and dealer tags display.
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