Mary Beckner

Local Area Information

Greene County:

The present Greene County, Tennessee, was organized in 1783. Eleven years earlier, Jacob Brown, a merchant, with several families from North Carolina, tentatively settled on the banks of the Nolachuckey River. He secured a lease on a large tract of land from the Cherokees. Three years later, in March,1775, an indenture was signed between Jacob Brown and the Cherokee chiefs which gave Brown title to some of the best lands on both sides of the river.

In 1776, the settlers of Watauga and Nolachucky petitioned the protection of North Carolina. The area then became The District of Washington. A year later, the District became Washington County, essentially the entire state of Tennessee.

In 1778, the first Washington County Court was convened. Between 1778 and 1783, a number of settlers came into the area.

Greene County and Greeneville were named in honor of General Nathanael Greene, a Rhode Islander who was credited with outstanding military ability. He played an important role in the American victory over the British in the South during the Revolutionary War. After the war, in 1785, the state of North Carolina granted General Greene a 25,000-acre land grant, which encompassed a part of Greene County. That grant is the first recorded deed in the county.

In 1784, North Carolina ceded western lands to the federal government. The State of Franklin was organized, with John Sevier as the governor, and the following year Greeneville became the capital of this short-lived political entity. Four years later, the State of Franklin collapsed, and Greene County once again became a part of North Carolina.

The following year, 1789, North Carolina again ceded western lands, and in 1790 Greene County became a part of the Territory of the United States South of the Ohio River.

Taken from: Historic Greene County, Tennessee,

and It's People: 1783-1992

Greene County Statistics:

Average year-round temperature/weather:
Rainfall 43.2”

Snowfall 3.4”

Average July High 87.2

Avg. Jan. Low 25.3

Median price of homes: $92,100

Cost of living:
2008 cost of living index in Greene County: 79.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Compared to the rest of the country, Greene County's cost of living is 24.34% Lower than the U.S. average.

Population of city/county and/or median age:
65,971 (2009)

Median resident age: 38.9

Recreational and Cultural:
Parks
Andrew Johnson Wildlife Management Area

Paint Creek Recreation Area

Old Forge Recreation Area

Vast number of hiking, biking, walking and horseback riding trails at every level of difficulty. From the majestic Margarette Falls to the Appalachian Trail.

Historic Sties and Attractions
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Bible Covered Bridge

Cherokee National Forest Office

City Garage Car Museum

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park

Dickson-Williams Mansion

Doak House Museum

Mustang Alley Riding Stables

Nathanael Greene Museum

Old Greene County Gaol (Jail)

President Andrew Johnson Museum & Library at Tusculum College

Cultural Arts/Museums and Tours
A Walk With The President Tour

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park

Niswonger Performing Arts Center

Parks, Campgrounds, Trails
Agritourism Trail

Antiques & Treasures; An Antique Trail through Greene County, TN

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Appalachian Trail

Around Pond RV Park & Campground

Baileyton RV Park

Cherokee Adventures, Inc.

Cherokee National Forest

Chimney Rock Trail

Follow the Quilt Trail

Forrest Park

Hardin Park

Kinser Park

Mustang Alley Riding Stables

Old Mountain Campground

Pebble Mountain Family Campground

Running Deer Campground

Slate Creek RV Park & Campground

The Oaks Retreat

Education:
Baileyton Elementary School (PreK-8)

Camp Creek Elementary School (K-8)

Chuckey Elementary School (PreK-5)

Debusk Elementary School (PreK-8)

Doak Elementary School (PreK-5)

Glenwood Elementary School (K-8)

McDonald Elementary School (PreK-8)

Mosheim Elementary School (PreK-8)

Nolachuckey Elementary School (PreK-8)

West Pines Elementary School (K-8)

Ottway Elementary School (PreK-8)

Chuckey Doak Middle School (6-8)

Chuckey Doak High School (9-12)

North Greene High School (9-12)

South Greene High School (9-12)

Three private schools serve the area
Towering Oaks Christian School (preschool and K-8)

Greeneville Adventist Academy (preschool and 1-11)

Greene County Christian School (K-12).

Colleges and Universities
Tusculum College, Greeneville, TN

Walters State Community College - Greeneville Center, Greeneville, TN

Walters State Community College - Main Campus, Morristown, TN

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Milligan College, Johnson City, TN

King College, Bristol, VA

Virginia Intermont, Bristol, VA

Northeast State Tech Community College, Blountville, TN

Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC

University of North Carolina-Asheville, Asheville, NC

Shopping:
James-Ben Studio & Gallery

Oak Tree Gallery

Art Space

K-Mart Stores

Lion Crest Creations

Three Blind Mice

Boulevard Shoppes

Carolyn's Hallmark

Mill Spring Gallery

Vicki's Art Gallery

J.C. Penney Co.

Wal-Mart Supercenter

Maurice's

Inn-Style Boutique

Classy Lady Boutique

A Gathering of Friends Craft Mall

Medical Facilities:
Takoma Regional Hospital

Laughlin Memorial Hospital

Life Care Center of Greeneville

Nolachuckey Mental Health Center

Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation

Greeneville Care and Rehabilitation Center

John M. Reed Home for the Aged, Inc.

Occupational Health Services

Crime Rate: Low

Additional Information:
Trivia
* Davy Crockett was born in Greene County

* Tennessee's oldest college is in the county, Tusculum College

Cities and towns
* Afton (unincorporated)

* Baileyton

* Chuckey (unincorporated)

* Greeneville

* Limestone (unincorporated)

* Mohawk (unincorporated)

* Mosheim

* Tusculum