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By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2012
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Tennessee (Greene County), Chuckey — 1C 27 — Ebenezer
1½ miles south, an early Methodist society in Tennessee was organized in 1790. The family of Henry Earnest, who settled here in 1779, comprised four fifths of the membership. The annual convention of the Western Conference was held here in . . . — Map (db m58272) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Chuckey — 1C 79 — Edward Chalmers HuffakerJuly 16, 1856 – January 3, 1936
Born near Sevierville, Tennessee, Edward C. Huffaker earned degrees in mathematics and engineering. Between 1890 and 1892, while experimenting with gliders, he discovered the principle by which a curved wing surface generates lift. His work formed . . . — Map (db m58271) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — "I Have Wrestled With Poverty"
Andrew Johnson was born in 1808 to poor, uneducated parents in a small building that served as a kitchen to Casso's Inn in Raleigh, North Carolina. When Andrew was three, his father died after saving two of his wealthy employers from drowning in an . . . — Map (db m86608) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — An Early HomeAndrew Johnson National Historic Park
Andrew Johnson and his family lived in this two-story brick house from some time in the 1830s until 1851. During these years, Johnson’s life changed drastically as he ventured from the tailoring trade into politics. After being elected alderman of . . . — Map (db m58426) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Andrew JohnsonNational Historic Site — Andrew Johnson National Cemetery
Welcome to the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. This site commemorates the life and work of the seventeenth president of the United States, Andrew Johnson. Born in poverty, Johnson rose from Greeneville tailor to the nation's highest office. . . . — Map (db m23680) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 91 — Andrew Johnson
Champion of Public Education in Tennessee “Can there be nothing done to advance the great cause of education?” Governor Andrew Johnson, 1853 ----------Throughout his legislative and gubernatorial careers, Andrew Johnson advocated . . . — Map (db m58222) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Andrew Johnson1808 - 1875
17th President of the United States of America 1865 – 1869 — Map (db m58438) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Andrew Johnson
Located on the corner of Main and Summer Streets is the mural of President Andrew Johnson looking out of a window of his Land Office building. He is wearing his Masonic uniform and the Masonic Lodge was located inside a building on this site. . . . — Map (db m109303) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Andrew Johnson and Eliza Johnson Grave MarkerAndrew Johnson National Cemetery
Andrew Johnson Seventeenth President of the United States. Born Dec. 29, 1808, died July 31, 1875. His faith in the people never wavered. Eliza Johnson, born Oct. 4, 1810, died Jan. 15, 1876. In memory of our father and mother. — Map (db m93079) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Andrew Johnson and Family
This silhouette created by local artist, Joe Kilday, on the side of a Summer Street building depicts the arrival of youthful future President Andrew Johnson leading a blind pony which pulled a small wagon. The young girl, Eliza McCardle, is shown . . . — Map (db m109311) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Andrew Johnson Homestead
The Andrew Johnson Homestead was the last home of Andrew Johnson (1808-1875), 17th President of the United States (1865-1869). Congressman Andrew Johnson purchased the house and half-acre lot from James Brannan in September 1851. Built directly upon . . . — Map (db m23679) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Andrew Johnson National Cemetery
Andrew Johnson chose to be buried atop this hill, then known as “Signal Hill,” which he owned. His family members continued to be buried here in the family plot until his great-granddaughter’s interment in 1992. The cemetery became part . . . — Map (db m81607) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 50 — Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Three miles west is the central unit of the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site which includes the 17th president’s small tailor shop, the home in which he lived from 1838 to 1851, a museum, and administrative offices. Other units are the . . . — Map (db m58152) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Welcome to the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. This site commemorates the life and work of the seventeenth president of the United States, Andrew Johnson. Born in poverty, Johnson rose from Greeneville tailor to the nation’s highest office. . . . — Map (db m93078) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Austin Company
On Summer Street behind Main Street Place are two murals which depict the tobacco industry. Tobacco was the money crop for many Greene Countians from the early 1800s through the 1900s with warehouses "on every corner". The Austin Company led the . . . — Map (db m109308) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 53 — Benjamin Lundy
Here from 1822-1824 Lundy, a Quaker, published the "Genius of Universal Emancipation," a small monthly paper devoted exclusively to the abolition of slavery. While here he also published a weekly paper, the "Economist and Political Recorder." After . . . — Map (db m23121) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Bridge BurnersHangings at the Depot
After Unionists burned several East Tennessee railroad bridges on November 9, 1861, Confederate engineer Colonel Danville Leadbetter soon arrived to rebuild the brides and capture the perpetrators. Later that month, his forces captured Henry Fry, . . . — Map (db m58073) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 48 — Bright Hope Industries
North about one mi. on Furnace Creek was the Bright Hope Iron Works, built about 1830. Mining and smelting of iron ore and manufacturing of cast and wrought iron products were joined by a paper mill, pottery works, and several other establishments . . . — Map (db m61942) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 70 — Capitol of State of Franklin
This is a replica of the building which is believed to have served as the capitol of the State of Franklin from 1785 until 1788 and which originally stood near the intersection of Main and Depot Streets. At constitutional conventions held there, . . . — Map (db m81608) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Classic American La France1917
First motorized fire truck bought by the town of Greeneville and in service from 1917 – 1965 This display building erected in 2006 by citizens of Greeneville. Organized by a finance committee Nancy Parvin       Pam Smead Jim Cansler        . . . — Map (db m63870) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Death of Gen. John Hunt Morgan"... bring Morgan out dead or alive."
On September 3-4, 1864, Lt.Col. William H. Ingerton led the 13th Tennessee Cavalry (USA) to Greeneville's outskirts, where he learned that Gen.John Hunt Morgan was at the Dickson-Williams Mansion. He told his company commanders, Capts. C.C. Wilcox . . . — Map (db m23081) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 51 — Death of John MorganSept. 4, 1864
The center of the present block was once the garden of the Williams house where Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan of Morgan's Raiders fame and his staff were billeted. Just after dawn a detail from Brig. Gen. Alvan C. Gillem's Federal forces slipped past . . . — Map (db m81609) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 76 — Dickson - Williams Mansion
Designed and constructed (1815-21) by Irish craftsmen Thomas Battersby and John Hoy, this house was built by Greeneville's first postmaster, William Dickson, for his daughter, Catharine (Mrs.Alexander Williams). Marquis de LaFayette, Presidents . . . — Map (db m81610) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 93 — Ellen “Nelly” VanVactorFree Black Female Landowner
Front Ellen "Nelly" VanVactor was one of the first free women of color to own real estate in Greeneville. Throughout Tennessee, there were few landowners of her race and gender prior to 1830. Born a slave in Virginia in 1780, Nelly arrived . . . — Map (db m58278) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 59 — First Presbyterian Church
Founded in 1780 under the trees at the Big Spring by the Rev. Samuel Doak, it was originally called Mount Bethel Presbyterian Church. The first settled pastor was the Rev. Hezekiah Balch in 1783. Fifteen years later the name was changed to . . . — Map (db m23027) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 77 — General Morgan Inn
The Grand Central was constructed as a "railroad hotel," from 1887 to 1890. From 1908 to 1981, it operated as Hotel Brumley. Carefully restored under the supervision of seven historic preservation agencies, including the National Trust for . . . — Map (db m23080) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 85 — George Clem School1887 - 1965
In 1887, with assistance from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the George Clem School was organized as Greeneville College. In 1932, the Greeneville Board of Education leased the property to provide public education for Negroes. Three . . . — Map (db m90597) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Gettysburg Address
Address by President Lincoln at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery November 19, 1863.           Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the . . . — Map (db m61962) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Governor John Sevier1785       1788
To commemorate the Capital of the State of Franklin and to honor Governor John Sevier and the patriotic pioneers who followed him in the War of the Revolution and assisted in establishing in the wilderness the foundations of law and . . . — Map (db m58424) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 7 — Greene County / Hawkins County
Greene County Established 1783 named in honor of Nathanael Greene Major General in the Revolutionary Army. After fighting at Trenton, the Brandywine & Germantown, and serving at Valley Forge, he became Quarter-master General of the Army. He later . . . — Map (db m23035) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Greene County Civil War
(Front):To the memory of the Union Soldiers who Enlisted in the Union Army From Greene County War 1861-1865 (Side):In the hour of their country's peril they were loyal and true. (Side):Erected by the Union Soldiers' . . . — Map (db m81611) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 58 — Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Rev. Isaac S. Bonham founded the congregation with thirty charter members in 1841. The present church was begun in 1860 on land purchased from Andrew Johnson by Rev. John P. Holtsinger. The church was shelled on September 4, 1864, the day . . . — Map (db m23002) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 54 — Greeneville Union Convention
On June 17, 1861, delegates from every East Tennessee county except Rhea convened here for four days. The purpose was to keep East Tennessee in the Union after secession of the state. Leaders of the movement were Thomas D. Arnold, William G. . . . — Map (db m81612) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Greeneville, Tennessee
Home of Andrew Johnson – 17th President of U.S. Tailor Shop corner Depot & College Sts. Residence - - 217 So. Main St. Monument – So. Main & Monument Avenue — Map (db m61946) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Greeneville, Tennessee
Home of Andrew Johnson – 17th President of U.S. Tailor Shop corner Depot & College Sts. Residence - - 217 So. Main St. Monument – So. Main & Monument Avenue — Map (db m61960) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Greenville Cumberland Presbyterian ChurchFounded 1841
The original log church on Irish Street served until 1860 when the present structure was begun on land purchased from Andrew Johnson. The War Between the States saw the church used as a hospital and stable. The cannon ball in the front wall was . . . — Map (db m58423) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 61 — Harmony House
Built in 1851 by Dr. and Mrs. William Andrew Harmon, this house was used as a place of refuge during the Civil War. Soldiers from both Confederate and Union armies camped in the back yard. Of Federal architecture, the interior contains prime . . . — Map (db m22997) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 24 — Henderson’s Station
About 1 mi. N., now the village of Afton, Anthony Moore settled on Sinking Creek in 1778; his daughter was the first white child born hereabouts. Daniel Kennedy came in 1779, fought at King’s Mountain and was Greene County’s first court clerk. A . . . — Map (db m58224) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Home of Andrew Johnson
Home of Andrew Johnson 17th President of the United States --------------- Erected by Nolachuckey Chapter D.A.R. 1926 — Map (db m58464) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — James H. Quillen United States Courthouse
The United States District Court of Tennessee was established in 1797, one year after Tennessee became a state. Initially,one federal judge, John McNairy, served the entire state. The state was later subdivided into two, and then later three federal . . . — Map (db m110119) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — John Gloucester1776-1822
Gideon Blackburn, a Presbyterian minister, purchased and sought to free a slave named Jack. Through Blackburn's tenacity and by action of the Blount County Court, he received his freedom and the name John Gloucester in 1807. Educated at Greenville . . . — Map (db m69614) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — John H. Morgan1825 - 1864 — The Thunderbolt of the Confederacy
First lieutenant, Marshal's Regiment of Cavalry in the Mexican War Captain the "Lexington Rifles" 1857 captain Company A of the Kentucky Cavalry 1861. Colonel 2nd Kentucky Cavalry 1862 Brigadier General appointed from Tennessee December 11, 1862. . . . — Map (db m23031) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Magnavox
Located on the side of a Summer Street building, once the site of Brown's Furniture Store, the local Magnavox dealer, is the mural which features a logo developed by C.L. "Whitey" Wellbaum, Magnavox design director in 1953. The shield-shaped mural . . . — Map (db m109302) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett / Andrew Johnson
Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett *   *   *Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett, great-granddaughter of Andrew Johnson, is the donor of this memorial and tribute to her illustrious ancestor. As heir to the Johnson estate following the death of . . . — Map (db m61951) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 78 — McKee Street "Flagship of Greeneville Mayoralty"
Eleven mayors of Greeneville resided in the 100 block of McKee Street while serving in office. At interval periods between the years of 1873 and 1972, the following individuals served: Robert M. McKee, N.T. Howard, Tom T. Adams, H.E. Holland, John . . . — Map (db m23034) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 52 — Old Harmony Graveyard
This burying ground, established in 1791 in connection with Harmony Presbyterian Church, contains the graves of the Scotch-Irish Covenanters who established Greeneville in 1783. Among these are Dr. Hezekiah Balch, Dr. Charles Coffin, William . . . — Map (db m23124) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 68 — Olde Greene County Gaol
A jail commissioned by the Greene County Court has been on this site since 1806. The present structure was built by Turner and Lane in 1882 using limestone and wrought iron from the previous jail built with slaves' labor. This followed the original . . . — Map (db m76496) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Opera House
Erected in 1903, this building was known as the Opera House, later the Auditorium. Early road shows, minstrel shows, dances and school graduation exercises were held here. It was last used as a movie theater. Buffalo Bill Cody and many famous . . . — Map (db m90598) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Preserving the President’s LegacyAndrew Johnson National Historic Site
. . . I believe that my Father was the greatest man this country ever produced!” Martha Johnson Patterson Three generations of Andrew Johnson’s family devoted time and effort to preserve his memory and legacy. In 1906, . . . — Map (db m58431) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 29 — Robert Kerr
On this site originally stood the house of Robert Kerr, where were held sessions of the Upper House of the State of Franklin. The first sessions of Greene County's Court were also held here. The Baptist church, established in 1872, was moved to its . . . — Map (db m22999) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Roll of Honor – Greene County
“Achievement at the Price of Great Sacrifice” John Sevier • Nancy Ward • Samuel Doak • Francis Asbury • Hezekiah Balch • Charles Coffin • Davy Crockett • Benjamin Lundy • Andrew Johnson • David Fry • Daniel Ellis • Edmund Ross • Miss . . . — Map (db m61949) WM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Sally Bohannon
Miss Sally Bohannon, one of the richest women in Greeneville in the 1920s, moved here with her widowed mother to be near several uncles who were local potters. After teaching and ceramic painting at Tusculum College she opened a millinery store that . . . — Map (db m109309) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 71 — Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser
For conspicuous gallantry as a leader of a First Marine Division Rifle Platoon on Okinawa Shima on May 4, 1945, this Greene County native was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously by President Harry S. Truman. Attacked by Japanese forces, Sgt. . . . — Map (db m23029) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 63 — The Big Spring
The site of Greeneville was a juncture of two Indian trails, and the presence of the Big Spring furnished a stopping off place for the weary Indian traveler. The Scotch-Irish pioneers made the spring the reason for the founding of . . . — Map (db m23001) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — The Dickson - Williams MansionA House Divided
The Federal-style mansion in front of you was the home of Catharine Dickson Williams and Dr. Alexander Williams. Catharine Williams, a famous Greeneville hostess, counted Presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson among her guests. . . . — Map (db m81613) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — The Heart of the HouseholdAndrew Johnson National Historic Site
At four in the morning I had to be up. I went up and made the fire in [Johnson’s] room, shined his boots, and then made a fire in the kitchen stove. I stood by his side at the table . . . then I washed the dishes.”       . . . — Map (db m58428) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — The Home of the 17th President
Andrew Johnson Patterson, son of Martha Johnson Patterson and grandson of President Andrew Johnson, was born and died in this house. To him and his loyal and devoted wife, Martha Barkley Patterson, the nation is indebted for their untiring efforts . . . — Map (db m58437) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — The Homestead GroundsAndrew Johnson National Historic Site
There are no written records describing the Homestead grounds as Andrew Johnson knew them from 1869 until 1875. The earliest descriptions of the landscape during that period come from the oral accounts of Andrew Johnson’s descendants twenty-five . . . — Map (db m58436) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — Tusculum CollegePresident Andrew Johnson Museum & Library
During the 1861 secession debates, Greene County was mostly Unionist, but Tusculum College students were divided. Before the June secession vote, then-U.S. Sen. Johnson spoke in Greeneville in support of the Union. Afterward, secessionist students . . . — Map (db m69599) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 28 — Tusculum College
Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak founded Tusculum Academy in 1818. His father, then president of Washington College, assisted him, and later taught here. In 1868, Tusculum merged with Greeneville College, which had been chartered in 1794. The original . . . — Map (db m69600) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 65 — Valentine Sevier Home
Oldest house standing in Greeneville. Built circa 1795 by Valentine Sevier, wealthy political leader and philanthropist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it was later owned by President Andrew Johnson. After the War Between the States it . . . — Map (db m81614) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Greenville — Veterans Memorial
In honor and memory of all veterans of Greeneville and Greene County who served our country, in peace and war, and to those who paid the supreme sacrifice. Their spirit, devotion and love of country will be remembered. Dedicated Oct.29, 1994 ( . . . — Map (db m61947) WM
Tennessee (Greene County), Limestone — Unionist StrongholdThe Civil War in Greene County
Before the war began, Greene County had a long history of abolitionist sentiment. It was not surprising, then, that local residents overwhelmingly supported the Union when Tennessee seceded in June 1861. When 30 neighboring counties met in . . . — Map (db m84761) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Mohawk — 1C 75 — Execution of the "Bridge-Burners"
During a five-week period in late 1861, five pro-Union men from the Pottertown community were hanged by Confederate authorities. This was in retaliation for the destruction of the East Tennessee and Virginia railroad bridge over Lick Creek, . . . — Map (db m99809) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Mosheim — 1C 72 — Battle of Blue SpringsOctober 10, 1863
On this site occurred the Battle of Blue Springs for possession of the East Tennessee Railroad. Federal IX Corps, under Gen. A.E. Burnside, defeated Confederate Gen. J.S. Williams' army of 1,700, which lost 66 killed and wounded and 150 prisoners. . . . — Map (db m69582) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Mosheim — Battles of Blue SpringsFighting on the Same Ground Twice
On the morning of October 10, 1863, Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside’s campaign suddenly arrived at Blue Springs (present-day Mosheim) when Union cavalry attacked Confederate General John S. Williams’s troops. By noon, the Confederate lines were . . . — Map (db m69566) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Mosheim — Blue Springs Lutheran CongregationOrganized Prior to 1811.
Near here stood it's three buildings. The first was constructed of logs. The second, a brick structure, build before the Civil War, and used by General Ambrose E. Burnside for a hospital following the Battle of Blue Springs in 1863. Last, a frame . . . — Map (db m97669) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Mosheim — Pottertown Bridge BurnersUnionists Pay the Ultimate Price
When Tennessee left the Union in June 1861, Greene County was a hotbed of divided loyalties. Several Unionists, who crafted multi-colored earthenware pottery which is still highly valued, were among the occupants of the nearby community named . . . — Map (db m81629) HM
Tennessee (Greene County), Pottertown — Bridge Burners Monument
"In the hour of their country's peril, they were loyal and true" On the night of November 8th 1861, these five Union men along with others, who mostly remain unknown, carried out the orders of President Abraham Lincoln transmitted to General . . . — Map (db m102424) HM WM
Tennessee (Greene County), Tusculum — 1C 60 — Samuel Doak House
The house was begun by the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak and occupied by the elder Samuel Doak until his death in 1829. It remained in the Doak family until Tusculum College acquired the property. Tusculum College was founded in 1818; fifty years . . . — Map (db m22191) HM

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