I hope that you all had a wonderful Fourth of July, celebrating our nations 240th birthday! My fourth was nice and relaxing; filled with bbq, family, homemade ice-cream and a mini-marathon session of Call of Duty.
I thought that it was the perfect time to introduce to you Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, in Nashville, Tennessee. Jackson fought in the Revolutionary War, was orphaned by the age of 14, was a school teacher briefly, practiced law, was a General during the War of 1812, our 7th President and a “Storm of Controversy.” The Hermitage is filled with Andrew and Rachel Jackson’s artifacts and the Federal style home is beautiful. You can tour the original Hermitage, Spring House, Field Quarters, and Alfred’s Cabin. Alfred was Jackson’s cook, Betsy’s, son. He was the longest inhabitant at The Hermitage, once he was emancipated he continued to work on the farm and after Jackson’s death he stayed to work as a handyman, on the grounds. Near the cabin, are the gardens that Rachel lovingly planned out and they are quite picturesque and so nice to stroll through. In the garden is a small graveyard, where Alfred is buried and the tomb where Rachel and Andrew Jackson are buried. Jackson would spend the rest of his life at The Hermitage, after is presidency came to an end, for here is where he truly felt at peace.
The Hermitage is a perfect place to spend a few hours, or several, of your next Fourth of July, or to go to if you are ever in the Nashville area. Make sure to check out their events page, for all of the wonderful activities that are available with paid admission, onto The Hermitage grounds.