Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Commemorates the Battle of New Orleans with Free Grounds Passes
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will host its annual Battle of New Orleans Commemoration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. The event pays tribute to the American victory during the War of 1812, also known as the battle that catapulted General Andrew Jackson to national fame. Grounds passes to the site will be free to the public with a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m.
“The Battle of New Orleans Commemoration is always a special day at The Hermitage,” said Howard J. Kittell, President and CEO of the Andrew Jackson Foundation. “While this year’s celebration looks a little different than it has in previous years due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are certainly looking forward to having an entire day dedicated to the leadership of General Andrew Jackson in a hard-fought battle.”
Visitors will be able to witness the annual wreath-laying at the tomb of General Jackson, featuring the Tennessee National Guard and National Society United States Daughters of 1812. Following the presentation of colors and a brief program, wreaths will be laid on the tomb to honor both General Jackson and his wife, Rachel.
The grounds pass allows visitors access to 1,120 acres of history and tranquility–perfect for learning more about Jackson and the site while remaining safely distanced. Included is the audio tour, historic garden, field quarters, historical markers, wildlife, hiking trail, historic buildings (not including the Hermitage mansion) and more.
The General’s Tour, which includes a tour of the Hermitage mansion, is available for purchase that day, as well as tickets to both the In Their Footsteps: Lives of the Hermitage Enslaved Tour and the VIP Tour.
Visitors unable to attend the Battle of New Orleans can take advantage of the Hermitage’s 2 for $21 General’s Tour ticket deal throughout the month of January.