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July 2017

Electing the People’s President

July 30 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Learn all about Jackson’s turbulent road to the White House, and the men who helped get him there. Judge John Overton, Jackson’s close friend, and a key advisor will be on the back porch recounting the tales of the 1824 and 1828 elections, including the Corrupt Bargain and Jackson’s fierce political battles with John Quincy Adams. Overton also has plenty of stories about the drama of Washington – some things never change.

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August 2017

Horse-Racing & Slavery

August 6 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Horse-racing was a critical part of building the fortunes and homes of many white male landowners in Tennessee, Jackson included.  However, much of the care, training, and racing of the horses was done by enslaved and free men of color. Explore the stories of The Hermitage’s horse trainers and jockeys who managed Jackson’s racing stables and helped build the plantation you see today. You’ll also get to meet some of the real carriage horses of today’s Hermitage,…

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Life in Jackson’s Tennessee

August 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Experience life in Jackson’s Tennessee, from its early days as a frontier state to a bustling and developing commercial center. Guests will get a chance to explore trades and skills such as woodworking and open-hearth cooking. Meet the Hermitage carriage horses and hear about the horse-racing industry in Tennessee. Learn about the business of slavery and the stories of real men and women who were enslaved at The Hermitage. Hear from Davy Crockett about his objections to…

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Jackson & Indian Removal

August 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! The removal of Native Americans from the East to the West is one of the darkest chapters in United States history. State Park Ranger David Britton of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will host discussion of the Indian Removal Act, its historical context, and the process and consequences of implementation. Talks will begin at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00.

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Solar Eclipse Tailgate

August 21 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Don’t miss out on the largest solar eclipse event ever to hit Nashville! To commemorate this historic event, we are hosting a FREE Solar Eclipse Tailgate on the grounds of The Hermitage. Guests are invited to pack their vehicles and park in the fields in front of The Hermitage’s entrance gate, which will be prime viewing spots for this celestial event. The first 2,000 guests will get a FREE pair of Solar Eclipse Glasses, courtesy of Deloitte.  In addition to…

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To Avenge Fort Mims: Tennessee and the Creek War

August 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Join us as we explore the events that transformed a small internal war within the Creek Nation into one that altered the course of history, and set Andrew Jackson on a path to national importance and the presidency. A costumed interpreter will discuss the clothing, equipment, and weapons of the Tennesseans and relate the story and repercussions of Jackson’s victory at Horseshoe Bend.

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September 2017

Leading Ladies of The Hermitage

September 3 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! The Jackson men may have owned The Hermitage, but the Jackson women certainly managed much of the plantation and kept the ship afloat!  Sit under the shade with Rachel Donelson Jackson as she offers tales of her adventurous life and marriage to Andrew Jackson.  Her niece Emily Donelson, the President’s official White House hostess, and her daughter-in-law Sarah Jackson, who lived 56 years as mistress of The Hermitage, will also be there to share their own stories…

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Gone to Texas

September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! From the 1820s to 1830s, thousands of Southerners immigrated to the Mexican territory of Texas. Tennesseans, in particular, would play a significant role in winning Texan Independence, including Jackson's close friend, Sam Houston. Learn about the experiences of these men from The Volunteer State who ventured west to fight for Texas independence.

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The Plantation Business

September 17 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Plantations such as The Hermitage were not just homes – they were businesses. Operating The Hermitage as a cotton plantation required significant management skills of not only the master, but the mistress, and depended on the slavery system to turn a large profit. Stop by and learn about the operations of The Hermitage with Sarah Jackson, the President’s daughter-in-law who came to live and manage much of the plantation for 56 years. Guests will also get to…

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The Art of Painting History

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Meet artist Ralph Earl and hear about his close relationship with his patron Andrew Jackson and the history he witnessed from behind the easel. Earl not only painted numerous portraits of Jackson beginning after the Battle of New Orleans, he married into the family and lived with them at The Hermitage and The White House. He died shortly after their return from Washington.

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