Andrew Johnson National Cemetary

Location: Greenville, Tennessee

Webpage: National Park

General Description: One of the many properties Andrew Johnson purchased over his lifetime, he chose “Signal Hill” for his burial.  Former President Andrew Johnson was buried in 1875 and the family erected a large obelisk over Andrew and Eliza’s graves in 1878.  In 1906 the property was given to the US Government and was administered by the War Department until 1942 when it was transferred to the National Park Service.  The first veteran burial was conducted in 1908 and since then veterans from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan.  It is still active today.

Brochure

Impressions:

1) The monument over the President Andrew Johnson’s grave is huge and dominates the hilltop.  It should also be noted that most of his family are also buried here.

JohnsonGrave

2) There are already a lot of graves surrounding the monument to Andrew Johnson, although there is still room on at least one side for additional graves.

Gravestones

3) The view from the top of Signal Hill is worth the time to visit the cemetery.  It is easy to see why President Johnson wanted to be buried here.  We enjoyed a quite lunch sitting on a bench at the top of the hill.

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