DAY RIDE TO THE ANDREW JOHNSON MUSEUM

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Jeff won’t be riding this scooter today!

 

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, we took a Day Ride to Greeneville, Tennessee to visit the Andrew Johnson Homestead and museum.

Jeff kicks off our day with this short video:

We left our home in North Knoxville at 10:30am. The skies were blue and it was a little cool, just enough for our light jackets.

We took Asheville Highway east to the Carter community where we took 25/70 to Sevierville. In Sevierville we rode past the new Harley shop, scheduled to open in a couple of months, which is located right next to the Bass Pro Shop.

We then continued south on 66 and took 139 Douglas Dam Road which runs directly next to the French Broad River and into Dandridge. In Dandrige, we took 92 and stopped off to look at the lake.

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Douglas Lake

In Dandridge, we took 92 and traveled to the turn off at 363.

We stopped off at the Indian Creek Market at the intersection of 92 and 363.

We stopped off at the Indian Creek Market at the intersection of 92 and 363.

After our light snack, we traveled down 363 stopping briefly for another look at the water.

Gorgeous view of the lake from 363 bridge.

Gorgeous view of the lake from 363 bridge.

We traveled down 363 over to 25/70 and into Newport. From Newport we continued on 25/70 into Del Rio.

The scenery in Del Rio is gorgeous!

The scenery in Del Rio is gorgeous!

From Del Rio, we took 107 north through the Meadow Creek Mountains.

Highway 107 through the Meadow Creek Mountains.

Highway 107 through the Meadow Creek Mountains.

We then stopped briefly at the Nolichucky Dam before riding into Greeneville.

Nolichucky Dam right off 107 heading into Greeneville, TN.

Nolichucky Dam right off 107 heading into Greeneville, TN.

We rode into downtown Greeneville and parked our bikes at the Andrew Johnson Homestead.

Andrew Johnson homestead as you enter downtown Greeneville.

Andrew Johnson homestead as you enter downtown Greeneville.

The entire Andrew Johnson tour takes place in five separate locations easily accessible by foot. You can read more about the tour HERE.

We walked through downtown heading toward the Visitor Center.

Downtown Greeneville.

Downtown Greeneville.

Downtown Greeneville.

Downtown Greeneville.

We arrived at the early home of Andrew Johnson which is right across from the Visitor Center.

Early home of Andrew Johnson.

Early home of Andrew Johnson.

The house is open on the first level with placards and photographs detailing Johnson’s early life.

Jeff looking at the displays in Johnson's early home.

Jeff looking at the displays in Johnson’s early home.

Pamo sitting on the back porch of Johnson's early home.

Pamo sitting on the back porch of Johnson’s early home.

After touring the early home, we walked across the street to the Visitor Center. The young woman behind the desk was friendly and informative. She invited us to view a short film, which we did.

Start your tour at the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center.

Then we toured the museum displays inside the Visitor Center.

Full size replica of Johnson's tailor shop complete with audio tape of feet walking and scissors cutting.

Full size replica of Johnson’s tailor shop complete with audio tape of feet walking and scissors cutting.

Pamo tries on some period clothing.

Pamo tries on some period clothing.

After our time at the Visitor Center we were told the next stop is usually the Homestead where we had parked our bikes. Entry into the Homestead is by guided tour only and the next one wasn’t scheduled for another hour. Unfortunately, the skies were getting darker and darker and we opted to save the guided tour for another day.

We left the Visitor Center and toured some of downtown Greeneville.

We left the Visitor Center and toured some of downtown Greeneville.

Downtown Greenville.

Downtown Greenville.

The newer courthouse.

The James H. Quillen Federal Building.

The Greene County Courthouse.

The Greene County Courthouse.

Historic church.

Historic church.

Many historic buildings in Greeneville, TN.

Many historic buildings in Greeneville, TN.

We circled back around to the Andrew Johnson Homestead where our bikes were parked.

The back yard of the Andrew Johnson Homestead.

The back yard of the Andrew Johnson Homestead.

By this time, we were getting sprinkled on. We checked the radar and saw that an even larger swath of rain storms were headed our way. We decided to try to outrun the storm.

We hopped on our bikes and headed south on 321. The rain slowed down and after a few more miles, we were in the clear.

We continued south on 321 and arrived Newport around 3:30pm. We stopped at one of our favorite restaurants, People’s Choice.

The folks at The People's Choice are super friendly. Hi Kathy! We really enjoy your positive attitude and great service.

The folks at People’s Choice are super friendly. (A special shout out to Kathy who is a wonderful hostess!)

The food at People's Choice is YUMMY!!!

The food at People’s Choice is YUMMY!!!

After our late lunch, we got back on our bikes and took 411 through Chestnut Hill. We continued on 411 taking a short detour on Blowing Cave Road to the Forbidden Caverns.

Forbidden Caverns on Blowing Cave Road

Forbidden Caverns on Blowing Cave Road

Entrance to the cave.

Entrance to the caverns.

We only stayed long enough to snap a few photos. We saved the actual tour for another day.

On the way back to 411, we stopped off at the Blowing Cave Mill. A nice young lady took our photo.

That's us standing in front of the Blowing Cave Mill.

That’s us standing in front of the Blowing Cave Mill.

We continued down 411 into Sevierville. From Sevierville we took Chapman Highway back into Knoxville.

Jeff hugs Mookie. It's always good to be home.

Jeff hugs Mookie. It’s always good to be home.

We got home at 6pm and our total ride was 175 miles.

Jeff wraps up our day in this short video:

See our entire list of Day Rides HERE.

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I love to hang out with my family, ride motorcycles, and draw comics.
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2 Responses to DAY RIDE TO THE ANDREW JOHNSON MUSEUM

  1. Gary Rabuck says:

    Jeff What was the scooter, you standing beside in the very first picture? If there insured, I’ll bet a lot of your friends would like to see you two take a day ride on something like that once. Just a suggestion. Make sure you wear those Biker Rags colors though. Gary

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