East TN Museums

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Carroll Reece Museum

Carroll Reece Museum is an art and history museum with permanent exhibits on regional history, the pioneer settlement of the region, and antique musical instruments. The B. Carroll Reece memorial features memorabilia of the late congressman, with decorative items housed in a separate gallery. Changing exhibits feature the best in fine crafts and regional art of varied media. Associated programming augments exhibits. Educational outreach includes children's after-school art classes and adult workshops.

Open Mon.- Wed., and Fri. 9-4; Thur. 9-7; Sat. & Sun., 1-4. Phone- 423/ 439-4392.


Carroll Reece Museum is located on Gilbreath Dr., on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

Doak House Museum

Doak House Museum is the original home of Tusculum College co-founder Samuel Witherspoon Doak. Museum depicts the origins of Tusculum College and the rich heritage of the state, including the role the Doak family played in the religion and education of the people of the Southwest Territory.

Open daily 9-5. Group tours by reservation. Limited handicapped accessible. Phone- 423/ 636-8554.

website: www.tusculum.edu/museum/doak.html

Doak House Museum is located on Highway 107, 1/2 mile from the intersection of Highway 11-E by Tusculum College in Tusculum.

At Hands On! Regional Museum

At Hands On! Regional Museum you can discover your own creativity, explore a coal mine, drive a tractor, freeze your shadow, fly a plane, and learn about your body!

Visit our website at


or e-mail us at handson@xtn.net. Hours: Tues.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5, Mon. 9-5 (June-August only). Admission. Please call for holiday closings. Phone- 423/ 434-HAND.

Hands On! Regional Museum is located at 315 East Main St. in downtown Johnson City.

Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum

Tells the history of Tennessee's oldest town and county, from the movement towards statehood to the 20th century. See our hand-powered water pumpers and restored authentic 1886 one-room Oak Hill School. Several guided student tours are available with advanced notice.

Hours Mon.-Fri. 8-5, and Sat.-Sun. 10-5. Admission. Phone- 423/ 753-1015. Fully handicapped accessible.

webpage: www.jonesborough.tricon.net/museum.html

Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum is in the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St. in Jonesborough, 7 mi. from Johnson City.

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

The official museum/ library designated by Congress, is located on the Tusculum College campus near Greeneville, TN. The museum contains furniture, artifacts and photographs emphasizing the daily of the Johnson family, including the bed in which he died and the dough-tray belonging to his mother. The private library and desk of Andrew Johnson are also displayed.

Open Mon.- Fri. 9-5. Closed on Tusculum College holidays. Phone- 423/ 636-7348.

webpage: www.tusculum.edu/museum/johnson.html

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library is located off Hwy. 107 at Gilland Road, by the west entrance of Tusculum College in Tusculum.

Rocky Mount Living History Museum

From October 1790 until March 1792, Rocky Mount served as the Territorial Capital of this region. Today this restored building, the only Territorial Capital on its original site in the United States, is a living history site. Costumed interpreters take visitors back to everyday life in 1791, when the American nation was just Beginning. Open daily March- December, except Thanksgiving Day. Admission. Call for alternate Winter hours.

Phone # (423) 538-7396.

Rocky Mount Museum is located off Highway 11 -E at 200 Hyder Hill Rd. in Piney Rats.

Rogersville Printing Museum

Rogersville Printing Museum On the National Register of Historic Places, a quaint 1890 Southern Railway depot houses exhibits depicting the rich printing history of the town where Tennessee's first newspaper was published in 1791. The award winning museum contains a recreated 19th century print shop, originals or copies of more than two dozen newspapers which have been published there, and artifacts from world-famous Pressman's Home.

Open Tue.-Thur. 10-4 and by appt. Admission. Phone- 423/ 272-1961

Rogersville Printing Museum is located at 415 South Depot St. in Rogersville.

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, home of Col. John Tipton, John Tipton, Jr., and the Confederate Senator Landon C. Haynes whose lives represent the history of Tennessee from 1783-1875. Site of the Battle of the Lost State of Franklin fought in 1788. Ten historic buildings, herb garden, cave, and wooded area.

From Apr. I-Oct. 31, open Mon.-Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 2-5. From Nov. 1- Mar. 31, open Mon.-Fri. 10-4:30. Call for holiday closings. Admission. Phone423/926-3631.

website: www.tipton-haynes.org

Tipton-Haynes Museum is located off 1-181, exit 31, in Johnson City. Follow signs from interstate

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