Start your trip back through time in historically rich Greeneville, home of former President Andrew Johnson – the 17th President following Lincoln’s assassination. At the Andrew Johnson National Historical Site you can learn about his incredible life by visiting his early home, Homestead, museum, tailor shop, and National Cemetery where he is buried.
Spend the rest of the day in historic Rogersville. The town’s unique original red brick Main Street is known as the largest collection of Federal style architecture in the state. Located on the Main Street is the famed Hale Springs Inn that was built in 1824 and has housed many distinguished guests including Presidents Jackson, Polk, and Johnson. Visitors to Rogersville can also learn why the town has been called the “Cradle of Tennessee Journalism” by visiting the Tennessee Newspaper and Printing Museum.
Head east through the mountains and stop in at the birthplace of the legendary backwoodsmen and congressmen Davy Crockett. On the site of the original Crockett home along the banks of the Nolichucky River, there is a log cabin similar to the one the “King of the Wild Frontier” was born in. Visitors to the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park can also visit a museum commemorating his illustrious life and heroic death at the Alamo.
Then keep going east to explore Historic Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee. The town’s extensive efforts to preserve its rich history helped Jonesborough to become the first Tennessee town to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are several interesting sites to see such as the Chester Inn, the site of Andrew Jackson’s law practice, and Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum. Jonesborough is also home to the International Storytelling Center that hosts the National Storytelling Festival the first full weekend in October.
Start the day at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site. The 18th century home was the residence of Col. John Tipton, a member of the 1776 Constitutional Convention, as well as Landon Carter Haynes, a Confederate Senator. The site has nice walking trails, several outbuildings with 18th century style gardens, and a limestone cave where Daniel Boone is believed to have camped.
Then go to Elizabethton to explore the first permanent American settlement outside the 13 colonies and discover the fascinating history surrounding Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. Learn about the role the settlement played in such dramatic events as the Transylvannia Purchase and the Battle of King’s Mountain, South Carolina.
End the day by visiting the Rocky Mount Museum. Rocky Mount is the oldest territorial capital in the United States and offers visitors a chance to step back into 1791 frontier life. Authentic colonial residents help make you feel like the guests of the Cobb family as you explore the place that became the center of government for the southwest territory during George Washington’s Presidency.
Spend the last day in Abingdon, Virginia, a town rooted in history long before its development. The area was revered by Indians and sought by white settlers who admired the lush fertility of the area. Abingdon is home to Martha Washington Inn, an exquisite manor that has served as a private mansion, finishing school for ladies, Civil War hospital, and luxurious hotel. Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia, is one of Abingdon’s greatest attractions and provided entertainment for poor, depression-era farmers who gained admission through bartering produce and other farm products.
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