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December 29, 2009
From journal Christmas in Nashville
May 6, 2007
From journal Nashville Tennessee With Toddlers
August 22, 2005
The visit begins with an introductory film and tour of the museum/interpretive centre. We then head off to the main house, which is preserved in the style of the 1840s, featuring a Greek-Revival look. The grounds include tour gardens and sample slave quarters. There is also an archaeological site of the original field slave quarters. You can tour the grounds by horse-drawn cart, but we opted to walk, as the weather was nice. We spent close to 3 hours touring the entire plantation.
From journal A Tennessee Golf Break
August 3, 2005
There is an introductory video, made in the late 1980s, early 1990s, that gives a brief overview of the president's life. It does not focus on the controversial aspects of his administration, like the Trail of Tears or the Bank conflict. Maybe those topics are covered in the small museum also on the premises; we did not go in it. You walk out to the main house (transportation is available, I believe, for those in wheelchairs, etc.) for a guided tour, which only takes about 20 minutes. This seemed a bit rushed to me, as I wanted more time to see the items in the rooms. The gardens and outbuildings, like the kitchen, are viewed at your own pace. There is an interesting display about Alfred. Once a slave, he stayed on at the plantation after emancipation, served as a tour guide, and was buried at his request near "The General."
Unfortunately, tornados in 1998 destroyed many of the trees that had lined the property and drive since Jackson's time, but it is still a tranquil setting, with the descendents of Jackson's horses out in the pasture. Admission is $12 for adults, with family packages available.
From journal Music City, USA
Blacksburg, South Carolina
March 5, 2005
From journal Music City: Not Just About Music
October 26, 2004
The Hermitage is not a static property, even though history stopped being made here 150 years ago. There is ongoing site development. Every summer, an archeological site is developed; they are trying to piece together the lives of the slaves, who have been for the most part neglected in the historical records. Visitors are allowed to sift through the dirt looking for artifacts and to question the archeologists. One of the newer additions is a wagon tour highlighting slave life at the Hermitage.
There is a construction project as well. The original Hermitage, which was a log cabin, is being restored to the way it was during the slave era, 1820 to 1865, when it was used as housing. HGTV will be doing a program about it.
The house is not large, but it has been beautifully maintained. All the rooms are behind glass and you have to view them from the halls. There is a man who greatly resembles the General (what President Jackson preferred to be called) and who entertains visitors with anecdotes and will pose for pictures. We spent quite a long time talking to him.
You will want to allow at least an hour to tour the grounds. Alfred’s cabin still stands on the property, and I walked out to the original Hermitage site. Lastly, you will want to walk in the garden and visit the graves of Andrew and Rachel. There is a small family cemetery on one side. You will also notice Alfred’s grave alongside the Jacksons’ tomb. He gave back all the household artifacts that he had accumulated in his many years there in exchange for this privilege—a testimony to his love for the General.
Finish your visit with a stop at their store and a snack at Monell’s. The store is a very nice one, and Monell’s will teach you what meat and three means.
From journal Nashville- City of Dreams
August 9, 2003
He purchased it in 1804 and had 1000 acres at the time of his death. Inside the mansion, scenes of Greece are on the wallpaper. Almost all the furnishings are original. Tour guides are dressed in period costumes.
Jackson and his wife are buried here in the gardens. There are many outbuildings to see. There is a church he built for his wife and attended regularly. Tulip Grove is also on the property belonging to Jackson's wife's nephew and Jackson's secretary.
The Hermitage was built around 1820 in simple brick Federal sytle but was remodeled in 1831. Fire damaged it in 1834 and the new Hermitage was built in 1836 in the Greek Revival style.
The museum offers a wonderful art display and you can vote on your favorite portrait of a president or first lady.
There is a reasonably priced cafe on-site and a nice gift shop featuring many of the president's White House China.
From journal I'm a Little Bit Country, Music City USA
May 12, 2003
From journal Opryland
March 9, 2003
From journal Music City Nashville,TN
May 7, 2002
When we arrived at the Hermitage, we were escorted into a museum where we saw a short video about Jackson's life. I was struck by the sad story that Jackson's wife, Rachel, died after his election and before his inauguration as U. S. President. I was also struck by the 19th century scandal of him marrying a divorcee--who wasn't officially divorced when they married.
After the video, we walked through the museum and saw various artifacts from Jackson's life. I was intrigued to learn that an assassination attempt was once made on Jackson's life. When the gun misfired, Jackson took his cane and began beating his assailant.
After the museum we strolled to the house for a tour. Costumed guides led us around the Federal style home which contains many of the original furnishings. After the tour, we walked through the garden and the slave quarters. President and Mrs. Jackson are buried in the garden along with several family members and slaves.
From journal Nashville--A Great Place to Be!