Greeneville in Greene County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Preserving the Presidentís Legacy
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
“ . . . I believe that my Father was the greatest man this country ever produced!”
Martha Johnson Patterson
Three generations of Andrew Johnsonís family devoted time and effort to preserve his memory and legacy. In 1906, the Johnson familyís burial plot became the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery under the War Department. In 1926, the state of Tennessee enclosed Johnsonís tailor shop and opened it to the public.
Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett – Andrew Johnsonís great-granddaughter – lived here in Johnsonís “Homestead” most of her life. In the late 1930s she traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, his wife Eleanor, and numerous senators about preserving this house. Through the familyís efforts, the National Cemetery, Tailor Shop, and Johnsonís Homestead were finally added to the National Park system as Andrew Johnson Monument in 1942.
“When this bill comes before the Senate, will you give it your affirmative vote?”
Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett, during meetings with politicians in Washington, D.C.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 36° 9.656′ N, 82° 49.91′ W. Marker is in Greeneville, Tennessee, in Greene County. Marker is on S Main Street (U.S. 321), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located at the north end of the parking lot at Andrew Johnson's Homestead. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greeneville TN 37745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Homestead Grounds (a few steps from this marker); Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Johnson Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); The Home of the 17th President (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Andrew Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); Valentine Sevier Home (within shouting distance of this marker); McKee Street "Flagship of Greeneville Mayoralty" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greene County / Hawkins County (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greeneville.
More about this marker. Several photographs appear on the marker. The one at the lower left has a caption of “Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett – Andrew Johnsonís great-granddaughter – sometimes dressed in her great-grandparentsí clothes when leading visitors through the Homestead in the mid-1900s.” Next to this is a photo of Andrew Johnson Patterson, grandson; Martha “Mattie” Barkley Patterson, granddaughter-in-law; Martha Belle Patterson Landstreet, great-granddaughter; and Martha Johnson Patterson, daughter. The right side of the marker features two photos of the Homestead, and has a caption of “In the late 1950s, National Park Service conservationists returned the Homesteadís exterior to its appearance in 1869 when Andrew Johnson returned to Greeneville after serving as the 17th U.S. President. Many of Johnsonís original furnishings and personal belongings are inside.”
Also see . . .
1. Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Biography of Andrew Johnson. The White House website. (Submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.