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The Hermitage

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4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, TN 37076 United States

Upcoming Events

May 2017
$20 - $40

Pinot with the President: Painting & Photography Night

May 30 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a night of art and ambiance in the garden of the Hermitage. To kick off our summer series “Pinot with the President,” we will be highlighting the beauty of the natural environment and historic buildings on the grounds. Guests will get to choose their focus! You can sign up to paint a watercolor of the Hermitage Garden under the guidance of a professional watercolorist, which will include your own complete or almost-complete work of art to take…

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June 2017

The Age of Heroic Medicine

June 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Bloodletting! Lockjaw! Mercury! Tour the Hermitage to find out about the sometimes brutal (and ineffective) medical practices of the Jacksonian Era. Interpreters in the Mansion will highlight collections and historical references that paint a picture of healthcare at The Hermitage.

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The Funeral of a President

June 11 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Visit President Andrew Jackson's Tomb and hear the story of his last days and the impact of his death across the nation. Sam Houston is in town for the funeral and will be telling tales of Jackson and their friendship.

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Juneteenth Aniversary

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! On June 19, 1865, word finally reached the westernmost frontier of Texas that the war had ended and all slavery in the United States was finally at an end. Over the decades since, it has become a nationally celebrated moment of emancipation and a new chapter in our history. Explore the in-depth stories of the men and women who were enslaved and emancipated from The Hermitage, and the different paths they took. Staff will offer continuous talks…

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Exploring Your African-American Genealogy

June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

FREE PROGRAM! 2:00 Speaker 3:00 - 5:00 Individual Consultations As part of our Juneteenth Celebration, The Hermitage is hosting a FREE Genealogy workshop in partnership with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. The community is invited to attend a 2:00p session with Taneya Koonce with the Nashville Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, who will share her own journey and tips for researching African-American ancestry. This will be useful to those on all levels, from beginners to advanced…

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Foodways of the Frontier

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Sample the tastes and smells of Jackson's Tennessee. Experience open-hearth cooking using seasonal resources, including butter-making. Then learn the history and process of making the President's favorite treat: chocolate!

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July 2017

Revolutionary Roots

July 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Kick off your Independence Day celebration and explore the revolutionary roots of Tennessee's frontier settlers. Jackson was a child of the American Revolution, and its struggles and ideals shaped the rest of his life. Visitors will get the chance to meet Revolutionary-Era frontiersmen and militia who fought against the British in the southern backcountry. You'll also get the chance to hear from women on the homefront about their experiences and participation in the war. Finish up with…

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Jackson’s White House

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Learn all about Jackson's turbulent road to the White House, and all the drama that happened while in the Oval Office. Emily Donelson will be telling stories of her time serving as First Lady of the White House, which she took on when she was only 21 years old. Donelson was a front-row witness to much of the Jackson presidency and made some history herself. Guests will also meet Judge John Overton, Jackson's close friend and a…

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$20 - $30

Pinot with the President: Sunset Wagon Rides

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a sunset wagon ride at the home of our 7th president! As part of our summer series “Pinot with the President,” guests will enjoy an exclusive after-hours tour of The Hermitage by horse-drawn wagon. The tour will take guests around the secluded pathways and trails throughout our 1100-acre site, featuring sunset views, rolling landscapes, archaeological sites, and stories about the free and enslaved people who lived and worked here. Guests will be invited to enjoy wine and…

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$20 - $30

Pinot with the President: Sunset Wagon Rides

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a sunset wagon ride at the home of our 7th president! As part of our summer series “Pinot with the President,” guests will enjoy an exclusive after-hours tour of The Hermitage by horse-drawn wagon. The tour will take guests around the secluded pathways and trails throughout our 1100-acre site, featuring sunset views, rolling landscapes, archaeological sites, and stories about the free and enslaved people who lived and worked here. Guests will be invited to enjoy wine and…

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Vintage Base Ball

July 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

12:00 PM Distillers v Maroons 2:30 PM Scouts v Cumberlanders FREE TO THE PUBLIC* Join The Hermitage for a fun day of base ball with the Nashville Vintage Base Ball League! Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy some old-fashioned ball games on our newly expanded playing field. For this special day full of throwback fun, admission to the Game Field will beFREE to the public! Vendors will be on site with ballpark fare for purchase. *Admission to the games…

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Secessionists and Sightseers: Civil War at the Hermitage

July 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free with Admission! Although the Civil War erupted sixteen years after his death, General Jackson’s celebrity still resonated with the soldiers who fought the Civil War. Hundreds of soldiers in both blue and gray visited the Hermitage as their armies crossed Middle Tennessee, united in their respect for one of the nation’s greatest military heroes. Two costumed interpreters will discuss the Union and Confederate soldiers’ experiences and demonstrate their clothing, food, and weapons.

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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. Ranger David Britton of the Tennessee State Parks 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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$20 - $30

Pinot with the President: Architecture Walking Tour

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Join us as we wrap up our summer series “Pinot with the President” with an evening walking tour of The Hermitage. Guests will be welcome to wander the grounds after-hours enjoying wine and light hors d’oeurves while exploring the Mansion, buildings, gardens, and archaeological sites preserved here. Expert staff will be sharing stories of the people who lived and worked here, as well as highlighting the architecture and ongoing preservation efforts.  Finish the evening by enjoying a beautiful sunset…

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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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