DescriptionFrom 1785 to 1788 Greeneville was the capital of the short-lived State of Franklin, which seceded from the state of North Carolina. Tennessee incorporated the town in 1817. A reconstruction of the capitol is on College Street between Church and Spencer streets. Big Spring, the center of the original town, is now a small park.
Named in honor of Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene, Greeneville was the home of Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States. Davy Crockett, frontiersman and Alamo hero, also was born in Greene County. His birthplace is 15 miles northeast of town on US 11E in David Crockett Birthplace State Park. Also of interest is the 1923 Bible Covered Bridge on Warrensburg Road via US 321.
The University of Tennessee Research & Education Center is nearby. Tusculum College, 5 miles east on US 11E, offers campus tours starting at the admissions office in Virginia Hall; phone (423) 636-7300 for reservations.
Visitor InfoGreene County Partnership/Chamber of Commerce 115 Academy St. GREENEVILLE, TN 37743. Phone:(423)638-4111
Self-guiding toursThe Greene County Partnership/Chamber of Commerce offers a brochure detailing a self-guiding walking tour; highlights include the Andrew Johnson Tailor Shop and the 1850 St. James Episcopal Church. Pamphlets describing driving and biking tours of Greene County also are available.
Things to SeeAndrew Johnson National Historic Site