Visit the \"Showplace of East Tennessee\" that once served as both the Union and Confederate quarters. ... More
Visit the \"Showplace of East Tennessee\" that once served as both the Union and Confederate quarters. William Dickson built this Federal style mansion for his daughter, and the family entertained many famous guests such as Davy Crockett and President James K. Polk. The home is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 until 2:00.
While the Dickson-Williams Mansion isn't exactly the most impressive historical home I've visited, it was by far one of the most interesting. Main Street Greeneville, the organization that cares for the home and hosts the tours, is fortunate to have recruited some of the most enthusiastic, friendly tour guides I've ever encountered at a historic site. Having repeated the tour, it's a treat to listen to different guides - since each guide brings their own character to the tour. They're all great guides, but Bill and Beverly are our favorites.
The focus of the tour is really the Dickson-Williams family. If the mansion were simply filled with nice antiques, it would still be a nice tour, but the family's history and the town's peculiar Civil War heritage make the tour really unique. It was nice to take a tour that sounded like a story about people, rather than a series of descriptions about pretty furniture and antique paintings.