Citizens from around Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will get a unique treat on Saturday, May 23. The Heritage Alliance, located in Jonesborough, has partnered with local museums and historic sites throughout the region to raise awareness of the cultural and historic resources located in our own back yards.
The Doors Open! Program will open 20 sites throughout Abingdon, Blountville, Elizabethton, Bristol, Johnson City, gray Kingsport, Erwin, Jonesborough, and Greeneville to the public free of charge for a day of learning and enjoyment. Many sites are extending their normal visiting hours and all are waiving admissions fees for this event. Sites will be open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and participants are encouraged to visit as many sites as possible.
The sites in Greeneville and Tusculum participating in this year’s Doors Open! are:
• President Andrew Johnson Museum & Library, on the campus of historic Tusculum
• Dickson-Williams Mansion, at 108 N. Irish Street,
• Nathanael Greene Museum, at 101 W. McKee Street,
• Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (go to the Visitor Center)
In addition to visiting these sites, visitors can participate in a 30 minute guided tour of the Tusculum College National Historic District which will focus on the architecture and individuals associated with the 10 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours will leave the President Andrew Johnson Museum & Library at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
As a special “thank you” for visiting any three of the four sites in Greeneville and Tusculum and learning about our community’s historic resources, visitors can obtain a coupon at any site which entitles them to a 10% discount at both the Chocolate Café and Brumley’s located in the General Morgan Inn.
For additional information on all the sites open in the region, visit www.heritageall.org