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A ranger swears in new junior rangers
New Junior Rangers earn their badges

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Become a Junior Ranger

Become a Junior Ranger at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site! Ask for a Junior Ranger booklet at the Visitor Center desk and finish the number of activities required for your age level. You'll have fun learning about Andrew Johnson, his family, and his life and times.

When you complete the booklet, turn it in to the ranger or volunteer at the desk to check your answers, sign your certificate, and swear you in as a Junior Ranger with your own badge. You'll get a set of our Civil War trading cards with your Junior Ranger bag!

Would you like to earn your Junior Ranger badge and patch while the park is closed right now? Do this Virtual Junior Ranger Website Scavenger Hunt and send it to us!

 
Citizen Ranger booklet with patches
The Citizen Ranger Book and Patch

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Be a Citizen Ranger


There is a new way to explore the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site! Begin your next adventure by completing our new Citizen Ranger book. Designed for older children (12 and up) and adults.

Complete the book and you will earn a patch. There is no charge for this program. Books can be picked up in person at the Visitor Center, 101 N College St, Greeneville, TN.
 
 

Be a Senator For a Day

When Andrew Johnson was President of the United States, he was impeached. This does not mean he was removed from office, but it does mean he was accused of a crime and tried by the Senate. He was found "not guilty" by only one vote. When you hear the phrase "your vote counts" it is true! You can learn about Andrew Johnson's impeachment and vote as though you were a Senator in his trial at this ballot box in the Andrew Johnson Museum. Use the copy of the ticket used to get into Andrew Johnson's trial to vote with, and after you tear off the voting tab, you can keep the copy!

Check your answers:

 
 
 
 

Compare and Contrast


Slide the arrows back and forth to see how much different - and alike! - Andrew Johnson's Homestead looks from the time he lived there in the 1800s to today.

What differences do you see?
 
Black and white image of Johnson's homestead Black and white image of Johnson's homestead

Left image
The Andrew Johnson Homestead in 1975
Credit: NPS Image

Right image
The Andrew Johnson Homestead today
Credit: NPS Image

Note: The black ribbons on the shutters were there because this picture was made the day of Andrew Johnson's funeral. In his time, people wore black clothes and placed black cloth or ribbons on structures to show they were sad.

 
 

What would you have worn in the 1800's?

NOTE: This activity has been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andrew Johnson was a tailor. This means he made clothes for the men of Greeneville in the days before people could easily buy clothes from stores. You can try on reproduction clothes from the 1800's to see how you would have looked in Andrew Johnson's time. There is a mirror, and don't forget your camera!

A Goose?

NOTE: This activity has been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Andrew Johnson was a tailor, he used a very heavy iron called a "goose." It was called this because of its neck crooked like the neck of a goose. These irons were very heavy and used to iron the wool suits Andrew Johnson made. You can try to pick up this goose at the Andrew Johnson museum and see how heavy it is! How much do you think it might weigh? Be sure to listen for sounds of Andrew "working" in the Tailor Shop.

 
A collage of items available to Junior Ranger s
A collage of items available to Junior Rangers

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Last updated: September 13, 2021

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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
121 Monument Ave.

Greeneville , TN 37743

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