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240 Years and Counting

Updated: Apr 27, 2023


The Town of Greeneville and Greene County are proud to announce our 240th Birthday, marked by our settlement and founding in April 1783. Please join us on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 to celebrate the occasion.


The day was announced as the official anniversary of 240 years by a proclamation the most recent meeting of Town of Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen (now Mayor and City Council). Greeneville Mayor, Cal Doty, and Greene County Mayor, Kevin Morrison, signed the proclamation and presented it to Tim Massey, local historian.


History comes alive for this event with activities in Historic Greeneville along College Street near Church Street at the State of Franklin Capitol, The Roby Fitzgerald Center, Old Harmony Cemetery, and Rock City's Food Truck and Tap & Lounge.


Meet people portraying historical figures of the county's founding and naming, such as Daniel Kennedy, Waightstill Avery, General Nathanael Greene, and others. See the political struggles of becoming a county play out at the State of Franklin Capitol building. See how people dressed, the music they played, and how adults and children passed time.


The Sons of the American Revolution will participate in the day with a grave marking for Hezekiah Balch, who was the founder of Greeneville College in 1794. Local historical groups and museums will attend with informational booths.


Children can participate in an outdoor history photo scavenger hunt, an art contest at The Roby Fitzgerald Center, and collecting funny trading cards of local interest. Free cupcakes and ice cream will top off the event.



Schedule for Saturday, April 29th:


10:00 a.m. – Welcome and kickoff with town, county, and state officials 10:30 a.m. - Meet historical figures at the State of Franklin Capitol and at the Big Spring; Participate in a photo scavenger hunt in the area; Enter the children's art contest at the Roby Fitzgerald Center (materials provided); Cupcakes and ice cream 2:00 p.m. - Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) grave marking for Hezekiah Balch at the Old Harmony Cemetery 2:30 p.m. - Scavenger hunt and art contest winners announced


Make sure to visit Rock City Food Truck and Tap & Lounge during or after the event. They will be offering a special for attendees of this event.


Photo credit to Tim Massey


For more information, please reach out to Christina Potts at cpotts@greenevilletn.gov




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