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Guide tells story of Franklin to children on historic tour
Guide tells the story of the Lost State of Franklin to elementary school students during GreeneSpring Student Historic Tours. Photo courtesy The Greenville Sun


A ten-day event held each year in May, in Greeneville, Tennessee, during National Preservation Week, GreeneSpring was originated in 1989 to foster the goal of bringing together all the elements needed to promote the arts and entertainment in Greene County, increasing job opportunities and promoting an expanded tax base for the town. The celebration, emphasizing historic preservation, focuses on the twelve-block area known as the Historic District. GreeneSpring celebrates Greeneville's rich history: its status as the second oldest town in Tennessee, settled in 1783, and home to Andrew Johnson, the 17th President. Among the many activities during GreeneSpring are a book sale, "Lunch in the Park," showcasing the ten local restaurants, the "International Tasting," featuring foods from various cultures, a garden sale, iris show and festival, kids' gardening seminar, band concerts, Ghost Stories in Old Harmony Graveyard, historic tours, art show, creative writing fine arts festival, Capitol Theater tour, tennis tournament and neighborhood block party. It is supported by local businesses, financial institutions, industries, governments, schools, and civic organizations.

The project is documented with a four-page written report and map of the event, newspaper coverage and promotional brochures, and six photographs. Each of the activities is separately documented with a brief description, fliers, and/or newspaper coverage.

Originally submitted by: William L. Jenkins, Representative, (1st District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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