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Greeneville, Tennessee

Greeneville, Tennessee, population 23,972, is located in Greene County, TN and 30 miles from Kingsport, TN.

The closest airport to Greeneville is Hawkins County Airport (RVN).

Greeneville was founded in 1783 and is Tennessee's second oldest town. Greeneville is the home and burial place of Andrew Johnson, the 17th president. Davy Crockett was born in Greene County, TN. Greeneville was named after Nathanael Green, Revolutionary War General.

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David Crockett's place; image by David Duplessis, tennesseephotographs.com

Greeneville Attractions:

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site honors the life of the 17th President. Andrew Johnson's presidency, 1865-1869, illustrates the United States Constitution at work following President Lincoln's assassination and during attempts to reunify a nation torn by civil war. Andrew Johnson's early home contains a family photo album, exhibits explaining Andrew Johnson's humble origins and rise in the political world, and a timeline connecting events in Johnson's life to those of current events of his time.

Bays Mountain Park - facilities include a 3500 acre outdoor classroom, 44 acre lake, and a nature center/museum, inside of which is a planetarium with a 40 foot diameter dome. The park is nestled in the northeastern end of the Bays Mountain formation only a few miles from downtown Kingsport. Framed on all sides by mountain ridges, much of the park lies in a natural basin and is a protected haven for wildlife.

Boone Reservoir features a swimming area above the dam and a boat ramp including a courtesy pier for safe, convenient boat launching and retrieval. Water skiing and fishing are popular pastimes at Boone. The reservoir is operated for a number of purposes, including power production, flood control, water supply, water quality, and aquatic ecology. Compared with similar reservoirs on tributaries of the Tennessee, Boone generally maintains more stable water levels through the summer season.

Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway are both located in Bristol TN 46.3 miles from Greeneville.

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park - Davy Crockett's birthplace has been preserved by the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as an historic site within the state park system. The site consists of 105 partially wooded acres of land along the Nolichucky River in Greene County, Tennessee. The park has 88 campground sites, picnic areas, two picnic pavilions, and a public swimming pool.

Warrior's Path State Park was named for the park's proximity to the ancient war and trading path used by the Cherokee. Since that time, the park land has known a long history of travelers, and is still a pathway for modern-day outdoor enthusiasts. The 950-acre area was acquired from the Tennessee Valley Authority is 1952, to serve the people who live in or visit this section of Northeast Tennessee. It is situated on the shores of TVA's Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River.

Greeneville Festivals:

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival - The festival features an eclectic lineup of country, bluegrass, gospel, old-time, roots, Celtic, rock n’ roll and Cajun music to the streets, pleasing even the pickiest ears.

Blue Plum Festival - The Blue Plum Festival is a free, outdoor, downtown art and music festival.

Covered Bridge Festival - The Doe River Covered Bridge in Elizabethton spans 134 feet across Doe River. The 124-year-old white-painted bridge stands as this picturesque city’s main attraction.

Jonesborough Days celebrates Independence Day with various events, including a Magnolia Ball, kickoff dinner, and a parade. The parade leads to singing and dancing on the main stage, performances at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, villages featuring a Civil War Encampment, Native American Camp, Hispanic-themed children’s area, Celtic area, children’s stage, country fair, crafters, food vendors and of course, the town’s own hometown specialty shops and variety of restaurants. A tremendous fireworks display will complete the day.

Kingsport's Fun Fest - Twelve new events join the fun this year: the Blue Lizard/Foot Rx Crazy Mile; Family Movie Night; Glass Fest; Up to Par "Glowball" Night Golf Tournament; Hands On With Zig; Lagers, Ales and Food; Fun Fest Giant Screen Movie; Page to Stage Playwright Festival; Tri-State Singles Inc. Singles Dance; Xtreme Showdown skateboard and BMX bike exhibit; a CareerBuilder.com exhibit; and the WCQR Christian Concert featuring Chris Rice.

National Storytelling Festival - The National Storytelling Festival is held in Jonesborough during October."Over thirty years ago, a high school journalism teacher and a carload of students heard Grand Ole Opry regular Jerry Clower spin a tale over the radio about coon hunting in Mississippi. And the teacher—Jimmy Neil Smith—had a sudden inspiration: Why not have a storytelling festival right here in Northeast Tennessee?

Old Time Fiddlers and Bluegrass Festival

Pangaea World Music Festival - The Pangaea World Music Festival offers enriching and exciting entertainment and educational opportunities to families throughout the region. The festival celebrates a uniquely varied range of music: Celtic, African, American, Jazz and Cajun among others. Musically, the focus is on quality, originality and talent. Entertainers also bring delightful stories about their music to further enhance their performances. Workshops with music-related themes (techniques, instrument-building, musical repairs, etc.) are offered as part of the festival.

Storytelling Wide - Storytellers from across the country entertain Tuesday thru Saturday at 2:00 p.m., May 30-October 28. Held at the International Storytelling Center. Admission charge.

Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival - The festival began in Jonesborough in 1996 and moved to Sycamore Shoals in 2000 where it could be held for two days rather than one. We treasure our heritage in the Appalachian Mountains and those who claim Celtic ancestry yearn to know more. It is the desire of the Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival to share living, belonging and life with all kindred Celtic spirits through food, fun and frolic.

Tennessee Quilts QuiltFest - QuiltFest is the largest quilting event in this region, drawing quilters not only from Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia, but from throughout the United States.


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