ANDREW JOHNSON: Heritage, Legacy, and Our Constitution

This exhibit displays objects from Johnson’s family life as a poor boy in Raleigh, North Carolina to President. President Johnson once stated that the only thing that kept him sane during his presidency was that he had family so close. The importance of family and the close ties between Johnson and his children and grandchildren can be seen in our gallery on Johnson’s family.

Exhibit in Old College

Johnson’s love of learning and support of education is evident throughout his life. Johnson’s personal library, his desk, and his daughter Martha’s filing system are on display along with several documents that he signed.

Johnson's Personal Library

Johnson’s presidency began the difficult task of Reconstruction following the Civil War. Period flags, original political cartoons, political posters, photographs, and documents on Congressional changes taking place during Johnson’s presidency are on display.

An educational program, Tailoring and Silhouettes, is available for grades 4-8 to accompany this exhibit. This program is available for a limited time and will not be available after this exhibit. Please contact Leah Walker at (423) 636-8554 for more information and make reservations today.

The History of Tusculum

Cicero teachingTusculum College derives it’s name from Cicero’s villa outside of Rome. Cicero promoted the Civic Arts, which form the core of Tusculum College’s academic programs.

The Civic Arts as Cicero defined them are: Moral and Physical Courage, Self-Control, Justice/Fairness, and Civic Mindedness. Special importance was placed on Practical Wisdom, which is the art of thinking with others and being guided by virtues to determine a course of action for the betterment of the community.

Doak House Archeology

Charles Coffin Collection

Artifacts of three of Tusculum’s memorable personalities, Rev. Samuel W. Doak, Rev. Charles Coffin, and “Daddy” Haynes, are on display. Artifacts found during the 2003-2004 archeological dig at the Doak House Museum can be seen along with the archeologist’s interpretations. The exhibit includes selections from the Coffin Collection including the oldest book in our collection published in 1487. Landon Carter “Daddy” Haynes was a beloved Tusculum faculty member who served as a professor for 65 years. “Daddy” Haynes memorabilia is also on exhibit.

"Daddy" Haynes's Telescope

Photographs of Tusculum College from circa 1875 to the mid-20th century offer glimpses into Tusculum’s past and student life.

Rev. Gloucester - First African-American Alumni, 1809

Various pictures of Tusculum College, 1875 - 1950