Named in honor of Nathanael Greene, a Revolutionary War General, the town of Greeneville was settled in 1783. Technically a part of what was then North Carolina, the surrounding mountains isolated the town from other communities. As a result, the people of Greeneville were a fiercely independent bunch, self-sufficient and self-reliant. Greeneville’s most famous resident was certainly Andrew Johnson, though Davy Crockett was also born nearby. Johnson was a quiet tailor who never attended school, but rose to hold every political position along the route to becoming the 17th U.S. president, charged with the task of succeeding Abraham Lincoln and leading the country in its post Civil War reconstruction efforts. His home, tailor shop and burial place are preserved today.