Friday, November 2

Andrew Johnson Field Trip

We planned on taking this week off. Daddy was on vacation this week so we decided to take them to Andrew Johnson's Home and Museum.

I had such a hard time choosing pictures so click here to see them all.

This is the family tree taken at "The Early Home" across from the Museum/Tailor Shop. Andrew and Eliza had 5 children. None of the 3 boys ever had any children of their own.

This is the original Tailor Shop. In 1921-1923 the State of TN constructed a brick building around it. This is now the Museum.

"What would you wear in Andrew Johnson's day?"

Andrew Johnson's bedroom on the first floor.

AJ's bed. The shirt was actually worn by him.

This "invalid's chair" was in Eliza's room (his wife). She had Tuberculosis.

Also in Eliza's room. This is a piece of wall with no wallpaper showing where the Confederate Army wrote/scratched nasty messages to AJ on his walls. This one says "Andrew Johnson the old trator" an 'i' was written smaller between the 'a' and 't': showing where fellow soldiers corrected the spelling. :)

These "toys" were in the grandchildren's room. The little furniture were actually samples that salesmen would bring to show customers.

The middle picture was Robert "Bob" Johnson. He died of TB in this room.

Andrew Johnson Jr. was called "Frank". He was 19 years younger than the next youngest sibling. His sisters had sons and named them Andrew Johnson (insert last name) as well. They all lived in this house. He died of TB as well. I believe he was 23.

Frank's room used to be a dining room and this doorway was where the kitchen used to be. I took the picture to show the "cage" where we were actually allowed to stand in each room.

Here is Sam Johnson and his half sister Dolly Johnson with her children. They were slaves. After they were freed AJ paid them for all the time they worked for him and kept them on as paid servents.

The kitchen was moved to the basement and in doing so, Dolly and her children had to move into a house on the grounds with Sam.

Entrance to the basement/kitchen.

B asked TONS of questions.

AJ was buried (at his request) wrapped in an American Flag with a copy of the Constitution as a pillow.

The cemetery was a miniature mountain in itself!! This is the family plot, not too far from the Homestead.


  1. What a neat trip. It looks like y'all had a good time and learned a lot. Great pictures.


  2. I love field trips like this!

    Wonderful extra pictures too.


  3. What a great field trip! Thanks for sharing the photos.

  4. Loved all the pictures! Looks like you had a great time!


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