Returning to Greeneville
The Johnson family had a great deal of work to do on their Homestead when they returned from Washington. The family had left the house during the years of the Civil War and did not return until following Andrew's presidency. The house had been occupied by soldiers of both sides who left graffiti on the walls and a general state of disrepair in their wake. As the family began to think about their return home, they bought many new furnishings from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York. Their widowed daughter, Mary, preceded the others home to establish the household. Johnson bought a Steinway piano for each of his daughters. The one pictured here belonged to Martha. It sits in the parlor of the Homestead.