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Guest information for the President's Day road show in Greeneville

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Here are some more details about the places featured on Monday's President's Day road show from Greeneville.

Andrew Johnson Historic Site and Cemetery

The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and National Cemetery in Greeneville preserve and honor the life and legacy of our nation's 17th president.

Johnson became president after Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865 and he served until 1869.

The Andrew Johnson Historic Site consists of four parts: the Visitor Center, the Early Home, the Homestead and the Cemetery.

The Visitor Center provides visitor information, brochures and directions. It also houses the site's 13 1/2 minute orientation film, the president museum, Andrew Johnson's original Tailor Shop and the Eastern National bookstore.

The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. The entire historic site is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

The Early Home is the home Andrew Johnson lived in from the 1830's until 1851.

The first floor and basement of the preserved home are open to visitors.

Visitors can learn about Andrew Johnson's early life, his first slave purchases and how his political career began.

The home is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The homestead began the Johnson residence before his presidency and it's where Andrew and Eliza Johnson raised their family, which included two sons and three daughters.

Soldiers occupied the home during the Civil War and it fell into disrepair. The Johnsons' restored the home when they returned from Washington and three consecutive generations of Johnsons occupied it before placing the property in the care of the National Park Service.

The homestead contains many original family belongings and memorabilia.

Guided tours are available each day at every hour on the half hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Admission is free, but visitors must get a ticket from the Visitor Center no later than 15 minutes before the tour to take part in it. Tours are limited to 12 people at a time.

Andrew Johnson and his family are buried in a cemetery at the top of Monument Hill. The Andrew Johnson National Cemetery is one of only two active National Park Service burial grounds for the nation's veterans.

The cemetery is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day for vehicular traffic. A pedestrian gate at the main entrance is open 24/7.

A remembrance program is held at the cemetery each Memorial Day. For more information, call (423) 639-3711.

In addition, a replica of Andrew Johnson's birthplace and a memorial statue are located adjacent to the historic site.

The replica of the home is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The statue is located at the corner of College and Depot streets in downtown Greeneville.

For more information on the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and Cemetery, visit the National Park Service's website.

The Hermitage

The Hermitage, the home and plantation of the nation's 7th president, Andrew Jackson, is located 12 miles east of Nashville.

The mansion and grounds are open for tours.

Admission costs $19 for adults, $16 for seniors (ages 62 and older), $14 for students (ages 13-18) and $9 for children (ages 6-12). Children ages five and under and active military members can enter for free.

For more information on the Hermitage, visit the historic home's website.

James K. Polk Home

The James K. Polk Ancestral Home is located in Columbia.

The home is open for tours Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. April through October. In November through March, the home is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Admission costs $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (ages 60 and older) and $4 for youth (ages 6-18). Children under the age of 6 can enter for free. A family rate of $20 is also available, as well as group discounts.

For more information, visit the James K. Polk Ancestral Home website.

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