Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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123rd Spring Outing

Join us for the 123rd Spring Outing, happening Tuesday, May 14, 2024 featuring New York Times-Bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Geraldine Brooks, author of the acclaimed novel, Horse. This distinguished seated luncheon will welcome hundreds of guests to the grounds of the 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark, continuing a time-honored tradition known for its elegance, hospitality and commitment to philanthropy.

We are thankful to the volunteer leadership of chair Rebecca Collins.

All proceeds benefit the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s many education programs and preservation projects.


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Andrew Jackson

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    The story of The Hermitage and the Jackson Family is incomplete without the stories of those who were enslaved. Born about 1799, Squire was the son of Old Hannah, husband of Gincy, and father to at least 14 children. He managed the cotton press at The Hermitage and served as a foreman. He was also a musician, playing the fiddle for many events. Squire is also notably one of the first people to notice the fire on the roof of the Hermitage Mansion in 1834. He and another enslaved man named Charles raised the alarm and attempted to find a ladder to climb to the roof and extinguish the fire. 

Image: Scenes in cotton land: The cotton press., 1871. Photograph. Library of Congress.
    If you want an intimate tour that goes deeper into Jackson and his home, join a Commander In Chief Tour, led by our President & CEO. These exclusive tours are offered just a few times a year. 
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    Join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage on April 12 for the next Homeschool Day: Springtime on the Plantation: In spring, the Earth wakes up! Wildlife emerges from hibernation, fish return to creeks and birds begin to make a stir. For plantation owners, spring was a time to plant crops, plan gardens and set goals for the coming year. In this program we will explore the types of wildlife at The Hermitage as well as the many types of work enslaved people were performing for the Jacksons. 

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    Explore #TheHermitage grounds by horse and wagon.* This unique, 30-minute tour will take visitors beyond the mansion and into the fields where Andrew Jackson’s enslaved men, women and children lived and worked. This tour offers a glimpse of The Hermitage enslaved community from a truly unique perspective.
    Become a member of #TheHermitage and receive an unlimited amount of visits, along with some other special perks…like free wine tastings at @natchezhillswinery!

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    Make plans to join us for a celebration of President Andrew Jackson’s 257th birthday with half-price Grounds Passes for the day! The celebration will include children’s activities, gallery talks, the annual presidential wreath-laying ceremony with the Tennessee National Guard at the President’s Tomb and a keynote address—and more!
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Andrew Jackson’s letters, and early visitors to The Hermitage, note Rachel Jackson’s own fondness and special interest for the garden. The Hermitage Garden & Arboretum Tour is a step into the beautiful and historic one-acre garden that has been highlight of visitors for more than 130 years, as well as The Hermitage Arboretum. This unique tour is guided by our Historic Garden Manager. Visitors will learn the historical significance of the garden, see the seasonal flora in bloom, witness select trees that are part of the site’s Level III Arboretum as certified by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and get exclusive access to the tomb of Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Each ticket also includes a Mansion Tour.

Offered weekly at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, March – December.
    On February 20, 1824, from the “City of Washington” U.S. Senator from Tennessee Andrew Jackson pens this letter to wife Rachel, who was settled at The Hermitage. Such correspondence related daily life between husband and wife. Though numerous family members lived in the mansion, Jackson noted that Rachel’s niece Milbury Donelson is there, “she will keep your spirits up.” The passage stating, “I rec’d today a letter from Mr. Wm. Knight, he gives the progress of the church & I am pleased you have a place of worship & I hope you have a good pastor shortly, ….” confirms the importance of the “new” Hermitage Church that remains part of the site today. Jackson shares, “My health is good, I have a little cough but as spring approaches I hope it will leave me.” Andrew assures in reply to Rachel’s question about Congress, “we have done but little, and there are much to do….” Now 200 years later, these words remain valuable to sharing Jackson’s life and legacy.

Image: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Collection
    General Andrew Jackson, as the Hero of the Battle of New Orleans, began to sit for artist Ralph E.W. Earl around 1818 when Earl married Jackson’s niece Jane Caffery. Though Jane passed away in 1819, Earl became a close friend and adviser to Andrew Jackson. Earl continued to paint Jackson, as well as his family, friends and associates. Almost 20 years later, Earl created this portrait of President Jackson standing on the curved porch of the White House. The U.S. Capitol is situated in the lower left section. This study for Jackson’s official presidential portrait can be seen in The Hermitage Mansion Library. Earl’s official presidential portrait can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. 
Image: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Collection
    Save the Date: The 123rd Spring Outing will take place Tuesday, May 14, featuring keynote speaker, Geraldine Brooks, who has won the Pulitzer Prize for her writings. This event is one of the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s premier fundraising events benefitting many of the organization’s education programs and preservation projects. The event began as a ladies’ lunch at the turn of the 20th century.

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    Exciting news! The Hermitage was named in the top 10 most popular landmarks to visit for families. In anticipation of Presidents’ Day, @mixbook surveyed 3,000 American families about the top landmarks they would like to visit. “As Presidents’ Day dawns on February 19, it signals a time for American families to embark on a journey through the rich history of the country’s presidential past.”

This Presidents’ Day, you can save on a visit to the home of the 7th president, where you will learn more about that pivotal time in American history. Purchase 2 Mansion Tour tickets for only $24—a savings of $30! Use promo code 2for24 in your online purchase. 

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