Hermitage Homeschool Days

Upcoming Hermitage Homeschool Days

From learning military drills to celebrating the holidays at The Hermitage, our Homeschool Days are full of interactive activities and learning opportunities for the whole family! For questions, please contact Sjobor Hammer at [email protected] or 615-889-2941 ex. 241.

Please note: Tickets for Homeschool Days must be purchased in advance.

September 16, 2022: Happy Birthday to the Constitution!

 The U.S. Constitution is the most important document for our nation. It tells us how our government is organized and what rules it must follow. The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. Celebrate with us today as we explore citizenship, rights and responsibilities, national symbols and so much more. During the program, we will all witness immigrants become citizens of the United States of America at the Naturalization Ceremony held by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

November 18, 2022Crop to Cloth: Cotton at The Hermitage

In the 1800s, cotton was king! It made the Jacksons a considerable amount of money, but it was hard to grow at The Hermitage and demanded hard work from the enslaved people. We will explore how cotton was produced and how it became America’s favorite fabric. Activities include dyeing, spinning and weaving and even math!

December 9, 2022Christmas at The Hermitage

Andrew Jackson’s plantation was home to two communities: the Jackson family and friends, as well as the enslaved people who worked for them. Each community celebrated the holiday season in their own unique ways. Join us as we explore Christmas traditions, compare and contrast décor, food, games and gifts, taste Jackson’s favorite holiday treats and make an ornament to take home.

February 17, 2023Making a Museum with Ralph E.W. Earl

Ralph E.W. Earl moved to Nashville to paint a portrait of the famous General Jackson. He married into the Jackson family and lived at The Hermitage. He opened the Nashville Museum of “natural history and curiosities.” Help us recreate Earl’s museum! Activities include portrait painting, mummy making, curating exhibitions and leading tours of our own museum.

April 7, 2023: Creating a Fine Home

In Andrew Jackson’s time, rich families wanted their homes to look fancy and expensive without spending much money. Artists designed tricks to help them do that. There are secrets built right into the furniture,  the wallpaper and even the fireplaces. Join us as we try to master the techniques of the enslaved master craftsmen who built the Jacksons’ fine home. Wear clothing appropriate for art projects!

 

Admission

Admission to Homeschool Days is $48 per family, per date. This price includes four family members (1 adult + 3 children), including those under the age of five. Additional admissions may be added for the discounted rate of $18/adult and $11/student. Additional children under five are free.

Homeschool Days program activities are from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and, in addition to the specific educational focus for the day, include an interpreter-led tour of the mansion, self-guided tour of the Hermitage grounds, exhibit and film. Pack a picnic lunch and eat at the tables available on the property or eat in our onsite cafe.

The Hermitage also offers Hands on History programs for homeschool groups of 15 or more students. For more information on Homeschool Days or Hands on History programs, please email [email protected].

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