|photo taken by Brian Stansberry|
|from the back|
|sorry for the glare, its under glass.|
Johnson's bedroom and office
The sitting room and below a table that was a gift to him from the Irish people
His wife Eliza's room and her 'sick' chair. She suffered from tuberculosis for many years
One of the very first sewing machines
|Son Andrew's room|
|side porches, one downstairs and one up.|
War brought hardship to the Johnsons. although the state was under Union rule by 1862 - Johnson became military governor - the Confederates still occupied pro-union East Tennessee. They harassed Johnson's sons and sons in law for their Union stand and confiscated Johnson's property, using his house as a hospital and army headquarters. Eliza and other family members and some of their slaves escaped through enemy lines. They did not return to their home until 1869. Johnson freed his slaves but they chose to stay with the family for sometime working for them and earning wages.
Johnson was a Fiscal Conservative and a Constitutionalist and was the only sitting president that returned as a senator. He died the richest man in Greeneville with an estate surpassing $200,000. A lot of money back then! Pretty good for a poor little fatherless boy! By 1840 he owned a 350 acre farm east of town along with flour mills and town lots. He was buried in the family cemetery on Signal Hill and his children donated it to the federal government to make it into a National Cemetery. I haven't been there yet. Thats for another day! If you like history, there is a lot of it here in Greeneville!