Nathanael Greene Museum
Preserving the Heritage of Greeneville, Greene County and the East Tennessee Region
The Nathanael Greene Museum now displays a 64 sq. ft. School House quilt square. It was unveiled in 2008 and is set in a diamond-shaped pattern of yellow brick relief work near the Museum entrance. This event marked the “First of a first” because Greeneville was the first municipality included in the Northeast Tennessee Quilt Trail and the Museum Quilt Square was the first quilt square to be featured in Greeneville. The schoolhouse quilt block was chosen because it pays homage to our building, the first Greeneville High School in 1916.
Our permanent quilt gallery opened in 2010.
Please visit and enjoy the History Of Greene County Quilts: A Stop On The Appalachian Quilt Trail.
Paths To Freedom 1822 - 1865 focuses on the various ways Greene County's slaves obtained their freedom. Some methods were legal, such as buying ones freedom and that of their enslaved family members. As a condition of their freedom, some courageous families chose to leave Tennessee and settle in Liberia, a colony on the west coast of Africa, where they risked death and depredation.
Other methods of escaping slavery were strictly illegal. The Underground Railroad was the most daring and dangerous method of escape. Oral tradition supported its existence in Greene County, and recently discovered court records provide details of who was involved.
Another surprise unveiled in this exhibit is the role that famous Greene Countians played in freeing the slaves: Benjamin Lundy, Valentine Sevier and President Andrew Johnson, to name a few. The newest display of this exhibit, "The Other Johnson Family" reveals what happened to Andrew Johnson's former slaves after emancipation.