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A Walk With The President Tour

Downtown Historic District - A Walk Through the Past

Named in honor of Nathanael Greene, General of Washington's Army of the Republic, Greeneville was settled in 1783 by Scotch-Irish Covenanters on the land of Robert Kerr around the famous Big Spring. Although a part of North Carolina at that time, the encircling mountains presented such a strong barrier to existing transportation that its settlers were molded into a self-reliant, ruggedly individual group. 

The town was from 1785 to 1788 the capitol of a unique political phenomenon. Seceding from North Carolina, these headstrong pioneers organized the separate and sovereign State of Franklin...the smallest and most short-lived state in the history of our nation. The bold policies of its founders, men like Rev. Samuel Doak and John Sevier, resulted in the states dissolution, and Greeneville subsequently became a part of Tennessee when it was admitted to the Union in 1796.

Pioneers from the Greeneville area helped win America's independence at the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780; and to preserve that freedom at New Orleans in 1815. Tennesseans volunteered in such numbers to take part in both the War of 1812 and the Mexican War that the name "Volunteer State" was applied. The nickname, and tradition, hold today. 




The Walk with the President Tour is comprised of 36 locations:


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