President Andrew Johnson Museum and "Old College"
The building known as "Old College" is the home of the President Andrew Johnson Collection, Tusculum College Archives,
and Tusculum Museum Studies Program.
Old College is the second oldest building on the Tusculum College campus. It is
one of ten structures on the Tusculum campus listed on the National Register of
Historic Places. Completed in 1841, Old College celebrated 160 years of
service to Tusculum in 2001.
By 1840, President Samuel Witherspoon Doak's Tusculum Academy was
flourishing with 70 students. The time had come to improve facilities and
replace the second Academy building, built in 1835 across the wagon road
from the Doak House.
Several hundred citizens, from as far away as
Philadelphia and Baltimore, and state legislator Andrew Johnson, subscribed a
total of $4,245.62 in cash and in-kind, for construction and equipping of the
new building. The building contained space for a chapel, classrooms, an
assembly room, the library, two literary societies, and the president's office.
The first classes were held on the first Wednesday in October, 1841.
With the development of other college buildings beginning in 1887, Old
College served as a dormitory, classrooms, and faculty apartments. In 1993, the
exterior of the building was restored to its 19th century appearance and its use
turned to house the College Archives, the Andrew Johnson Collection, and the
College's Museum Studies Program.
The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library is operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies at
The President Andrew Johnson Collection
The collection contains approximately 100 three-dimensional artifacts, ranging from the
former President's top hat and political memorabilia to a copy of Lincoln's life-mask.
Read more about the collection.
Tusculum College Archives
Over 350 linear feet of records reflect the history of the oldest
college in Tennessee.
Read more about the archives.
Selections from our Collections
The selections include books, drawings, and prints from the eighteenth through the turn of the twentieth centuries
More Information About
Andrew Johnson Heritage Association
Doak House Museum
Dept. of Museum Studies
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