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Downtown Greeneville Historic District

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Greeneville is a vacation destination like no other!  Established in 1783, Tennessee's second oldest town showcases its history in brick sidewalks and immaculate historic sites, churches and homes against a backdrop of majestic mountains and breathtaking waterways and streams spectacularly enhanced in panoramic color by four very definite seasons.  Located in one of the largest counties in the state, Greeneville offers the lifestyle and amenities of much larger towns while maintaining a distinctive small-town ambiance.  Greeneville is also home to Country Music Stars The Band Perry, NHRA 2012 Pro Stock World Champion Allen Johnson and Grammy award winner Barry Bales, long time bass player and harmony vocalist for Alison Krauss and Union Station.  


Home of 17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson and the birthplace of celebrated hero Davy Crockett, Greeneville combines a progressive approach to the future with a distinctive drive to promote and preserve its unique heritage. 

Visitors may tour Johnson’s early home and homestead, wander through exhibits in the museums and be witness to the spirit that was our 17th President as they explore his tailor shop where he worked and vigorously debated issues of that very troubled period in our country.  His revered burial grounds on Monument Hill provide a fitting conclusion to an insight into the life of Johnson and his family.


Free your imagination to examine the wilderness of East Tennessee in the 19th century through one of its best known trailblazers, Davy Crockett.  The Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park features a replica of the cabin in which Crockett was born, complete with a footstone from the original cabin.  Guests can garner more insights to the historical figure from the Visitor's Center and Museum, or experience a taste of the outdoors at the campsites, swimming pool, three scenic picnic areas or at the boating access to the Nolichuckey River which flows peacefully along the park shores.


Let history enfold you as you stroll the brick sidewalks of downtown Greeneville to the tolling of the bells of historical churches, each with their own stories to tell.  Feel the strife of a community torn asunder by the heartbreak of Civil War as you see the site and hear the story of the killing of General John Hunt Morgan by Yankee soldiers in 1864 behind the now-renovated railroad hotel, the General Morgan Inn & Conference Center.  Continue your tour in historic downtown by visiting our very own Niswonger Performing Arts Center, an 1,135 seat, state-of-the-art facility that has hosted acts from Gladys Knight to Kenny Rogers and has been recognized nationally as a leading entertainment venue for performing artists and theatrical productions.  NPAC was named  Best Performing Arts in EAST Tennessee by readers of The Tennessee Magazine. 


If your taste runs to the outdoors, free your senses and hike the numerous trails of the National Forest Service, enjoying the awesome waterfalls and natural beauty and wildlife of undisturbed forest lands, or drop a line and hook into one of our many mountainous streams or the Nolichuckey River.

Whatever your preference, Greeneville has something for everyone, so start planning your family’s vacation today!  Looking to retire to Greeneville?  Log on to the Town of Greeneville's website for services provided and information on local news and links.   

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