Tennessee's Only Gold Level AASLH Museum
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We are a proud member of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), The Tennessee Association of Museums, the Northeast Tennessee Association of Museums, and the Greene County Association of Museums.
We recognize in special appreciation the Youth Builders of Greeneville for their ongoing support, and Humanities Tennessee for their support of the renovation of the Earl Fletcher, Jr. Veterans Gallery.
Our normal operating hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-4PM. Other times by appointment.
Located in historically rich Greeneville, Tennessee, the Museum contains artifacts and gallery content covering centuries. Visit our 13 permanent galleries and over 12 walk-through exhibits and explore every facet of the region's history. Just outside our main building, see the fully restored 1917 American LaFrance fire engine and the Babb Homestead, first built in 1787 and now a part of the Museum's collection. The Museum's collection of antiques, fine furniture, quilts and clothing illustrates the promise of America. From the historic farm implements to the Magnavox Gallery, take a walk through your heritage...your history.
While our collections date back to prehistoric times and our building to 1916, The Museum began in 1983 and grew from a very humble beginning to today's outstanding collection. The original name of the Nathanael Greene Museum honored the man for whom Greene County and Greeneville were named. The Revolutionary War hero never lived here, but received a massive land grant for his service to the country. In 2015, our name changed to the Greeneville-Greene County History Museum to more properly focus on the local area that is reflected in our artifacts and displays.
Now Extended Through May...
The Green Book - The Segregated Years
Our newest exhibit focuses on segregated times in Greeneville, and the use of the Green Book, available for African American travelers from 1936-1966. This listed places serving African Americans. You can look up your hometown or travel destinations in the complete 1960 Green Book that inspired the hit movie. Try your luck at our interactive map with one of our challenging questions. There are displays of Black-owned businesses from earlier times, as well as The New Hope and George Clem Schools. You'll also have access to our Oral Histories of those who lived under those segregated rules. Here is a preview, or click here for our complete YouTube access to our Oral History series.
Featured in National Magazine...
The Museum's Babb Homestead Gains New Fame
The June edition of Early American Life Magazine features The Museum's Babb Homestead, a 1787 two-story log home that has been moved and restored to The Museum's Mary Gertrude Fox Memorial Park. The home is open during musuem hours for self-guided tours (Tuesday - Saturday, 11AM-4PM).
Tour groups are always welcome, and we are located near the President Andrew Johnson Homestead in historic downtown Greeneville. We prefer advance reservations for group tours. Donations are always appreciated.
Fox Park Fair:
The farmer's market at The Museum's Gertrude M. Fox Park happens each Tuesday and Friday, 2-5PM.
Some New Recognition:
At a banquet in Knocville on May 14th, the Greeneville Greene County History Museum was awarded an Award of Distinction for achieving Gold certification status with the American Association of State and Local History, the only one in Tennessee and one of seven in the US. We also received History in The Media awards for our Babb Homestead time lapse video (seen on this page) and for the "My Favorite Thing" promotional campaign. Our thanks to the East Tennessee Historical Society for the honors.
We welcome your suggestions, questions, and comments about our galleries and exhibits. Please use the convenient form below. Your opinions matter to us!
To preserve, protect and exhibit the history and historic artifacts of Greeneville and Greene County while educating and connecting the community to its culture and heritage.
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Photo Credits: Museum Archives, Linnie Greene, Randi Nott, Amy Saxonmeyer, Dan Spice