Johnsonville State Historic Park is named for Tennessean Andrew Johnson, Union Military Governor during the Civil War and Seventeenth President of the United States. This 2000-acre park located in Humphreys County, commemorates the site of the Battle of Johnsonville and the historic town site that existed from 1864-1944 prior to the formation of Kentucky Lake.
At Johnsonville on November 4, 1864, Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry took up artillery positions on the western bank of the Tennessee River. Forrest’s confederates sank four Federal gunboats and transports and finished out the day by destroying the Union supply depot at Johnsonville. This Confederate victory, however, was too late. As a result, Union General William T. Sherman managed to cut his own supply lines (including Johnsonville) and instead commence living “off the land” as his troops left Atlanta and embarked on his famous march through Georgia.
Two large forts, the Upper and lower Redoubts, located in the park are open to visitors. Additionally, Original Union breastworks (rifle pits) are beautifully preserved throughout the park in various areas. Visitors may contact the park’s Welcome Center to schedule Interpretive tours by calling (931) 535-2789.
Visitors can enjoy fishing from the banks of the Tennessee River. Catches may include catfish, bream, crappie and bass. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required.
Currently, Johnsonville’s Hiking Trails are being redesigned. A new historic trail system will be open to the public on November 1, 2012.
The park has one small picnic area with 12 picnic tables and grills. The picnic tables are first come first serve.
Johnsonville Historic Park is a fantastic place for Bird Watchers.
The Junior Ranger Adventure Guide is divided into Four Steps. Each step covers different topics and offers a selection of fun, hands-on activites. As you complete each activity, you will be one step closer to becoming a Junior Ranger. Topics in Steps 1 & 2 include: Safety, History, Plants, Wildlife, Astronomy and Water. In Step 3 you will create your own stewardship project. In Step 4 you will take your Adventure Guide to the park ranger or park office to take your pledge, receive your badge and become an official Tennessee State Park Junior Ranger.
Call (931) 535-2789 for more information.
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Join us on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT for A Soldier’s Christmas, a family-friendly celebration of the newly re-constructed Civil War soldier’s huts. Warm yourself by the fire while learning how Union soldiers would have lived through the winter at historic Johnsonville during the Civil War. Interpretive activities including period cooking demonstrations will be offered each day. For more information about this free event call 931-535-2789.
Dec 13 - Dec 14
December 13-14, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. stop by Johnsonville State Historic Park and join in "A Soldier’s Christmas" celebration at the newly re-constructed soldiers huts. Come warm yourself by the fire, see the indoor set-up of an authentic Civil War soldier's quarters, watch period cooking demonstrations, and learn more about how Union soldiers would have lived out the winter at historic Johnsonville during the Civil War. Open free to the public.
Park staff and the Friends of Johnsonville invite everyone to our Christmas Open House on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. CT at the Johnsonville Welcome Center. Live music performed by a local folk artist will fill the air and apple cider and Christmas cookies will sweeten the festivities. Also, as a special holiday treat our gift shop is offering 15 percent off all purchases made during the open house – perfect gifts for the Civil War buff or nature enthusiast in your family. For more information call 931-535-2789.
Jan 1, 2014
Johnsonville’s brand new state-of-the art Welcome Center, officially opened May 11th, 2012, offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the Civil War and the 1864 Battle of Johnsonville. Additionally, visitors can learn about the 80 year history of “old Johnsonville,” the town that grew up around the Union supply depot in 1864 and flooded by the waters of Kentucky Lake in the spring of 1944.
Visitors can view free exhibits and enjoy a 25 minute film about the Battle of Johnsonville. A small gift shop is available which has many books and other gifts for sale.
Tour buses are welcome. Please call ahead (931) 535-2789 to schedule a ranger led bus tour of historic Johnsonville.
90 Nell Beard Road
New Johnsonville, TN 37134
Phone: (931) 535-2789
Fax: (931) 535-3776
Take I-40 to Exit 143. Take Highway 13 North for 13 miles. Take Highway 70 West to New Johnsonville, then follow the signs to the park.
Day-Use Area: 8 a.m. - sundown