Greeneville Tennessee was once part of North Carolina, and for a short period after the Revolutionary War, it helped to comprise the State of Franklin area. This area in what is now northeastern Tennessee almost became a verified state, and its name in the end would have been Frankland or Franklin. Some local businesses still use the State of Franklin term in their names, so the legacy is still somewhat alive.
Modern day Greeneville TN is a rural town that is proud of its history. Founded in 1783, it was named after the famous Revolutionary War general, Nathanael Greene, and American folk hero Davy Crockett was born in nearby Limestone. At Davy Crockett State Park, which is only some fifteen miles east of Greeneville, visitors can view a replica of the cabin in which Crockett was born. They can also go swimming at the public pool, take advantage of one of the picnic pavilions, use the public boat launch ramp, or hope to secure one of 88 campsites. Hiking trails follow along the park's bluffs and the scenic Nolichucky River. This river is a popular destination for white water rafting in Tennessee.
Another famous resident of the Greenville Tennessee area was President Andrew Johnson. Actually born in Raleigh NC, Johnson later moved to South Carolina before relocating to Greeneville with his brother. At the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville TN, visitors can learn all about the seventeenth President of the United States. Two of Johnson's Greeneville homes, his old tailor shop, and his grave are all part of the site, which is managed by the National Park Service. Special tours that highlight the life of President Johnson are offered Monday through Saturday from April until the end of October. Tickets can be purchased at the General Morgan Inn, which is also the starting place for the tours. One of the best Greeneville TN hotels, the General Morgan Inn can be found at 111 North Main Street.
Other tours that can be enjoyed in Greeneville Tennessee focus on the lovingly restored Dickson-Williams Mansion. A wealthy immigrant from Ireland had the mansion built for his daughter Catherine. Work began 1815, and the abode was completed six years later. Lavish parties were known to be thrown at the Dickson-Williams Mansion, and past guests include three different presidents and Davy Crockett. Tours are offered daily at 1 p.m., and they also begin at the General Morgan Inn.
Greeneville Tennessee is actually the second oldest town in the entire state, so it can certainly cater to history buffs. Just one more attraction of interest when it comes to history is the Nathanael Greene Museum. A Greeneville TN doesn't have to revolve around history only, however. There are plenty of things to do when you're not getting in touch with the past. This is Appalachian Mountain country, so scenic drives can be very rewarding. Many visitors hop in the car and make the short drive south to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to revel in its scenic beauty, not to mention its wealth of recreational possibilities.
Also worth considering when it comes to Greeneville Tennessee vacations are the nearby cities of Knoxville and Asheville NC. These cities both offer plenty of options for things to do. In Asheville, for example, you can visit the renowned Biltmore Estate and take a drive on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway, among other things. It's understandable if Greeneville visitors don't wander over to other regional towns and cities, however, as there is plenty to do in the more immediate area.
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