Education

Andrew Jackson’s formal education may have paled in comparison to his predecessors in the White House, but that never stopped him from seeking out the best schools for his adopted son and the many wards he fostered. Jackson always pushed his family to excel in their studies.

Today, The Hermitage shares Jackson’s belief in the value of education with a wealth of excellent and challenging educational opportunities for school groups, children on summer break, scouts, teachers and adults.

For more tour information on our K-12 education programs or to make a reservation for your school or class, contact our education director. Due to schedule demands, education groups must have a minimum of 15 students.

Class Prices

$11/student ($7/student for Title 1 schools, $13/student in Junior Docent Program)

$14/non-title I High School/College students

$22/adult

Classes get one free teacher/chaperone per 20 students for grades 9-12. Grades PreK – 8th Grade get one free teacher/chaperone per 10 students.

Free/bus drivers

If you would like to reserve a Hands-On-History program or have questions about an existing reservation, please contact: [email protected]

Education Events

Jackson’s Library Card Virtual Book Club

First Tuesday of the Month, 7 p.m.

Readers ages 16 and older are invited to join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage for a monthly virtual book club! Grab a snack and your favorite beverage and then log into Zoom for an hour-long meet-up with fellow readers. Discuss that month’s selection, ask questions and get to know that book on a deeper level. Meetings will happen the first Tuesday of the month.

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Hermitage Homeschool Days

November 17, 2021

What is Thanksgiving? Before we gobble up turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce, let’s learn about the history of our Thanksgiving Day holiday. The real story of Thanksgiving may not be what you think. When Abraham Lincoln declared the third Thursday in November to be a national holiday, he followed the example of other presidents who occasionally declared special days to be dedicated to giving thanks.

December 8, 2021

Christmas at The Hermitage: In Andrew Jackson’s day, Christmas games, gifts, foods and decorations were important to everyone at The Hermitage. Celebrations looked both similar and different between the white slaveholding class and enslaved African-Americans. Come explore this special season with us.

February 16, 2022

From Slavery to Archaeology: Washington Townsend was born on The Hermitage farm in 1831. After Emancipation, Townsend moved to Ohio, where he became an archaeologist for the Ohio Archaeological Society. Practice your own archaeological skills and write your own stories about the past!

April 13, 2022

The Hermitage in Bloom: Join us as we welcome spring to the farm. Learn about the garden as well as the cropland and animals. Make a special gift to take home for someone special.

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Future Presidents of America Youth Leadership Camp

June 20-24, 2022 for Students Ages 12-16

Join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage for the 2nd annual Future Presidents of America Youth Leadership Camp! This innovative and engaging youth leadership camp develops individual confidence, civic literacy and good citizenship to reveal the exceptional qualities of character that make for great presidents and great leaders. Registration opens in January.

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School Programs

Children Work on a Project at The Hermitage on a Beautiful Day

We offer several ways to experience these classes. Take a class on-site at The Hermitage, via video stream or at your educational institution. See how you can engage our classes solo, with other visitors or pre-arranged for your group.

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Class Descriptions

Students on a Field Trip at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage in Nashville, TN

Explore the Jackson story through one or several of our specific classes to reach deep into American history and forge links between the past and the present.

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Teacher Resources

Various Paintbrushes and Art Supplies at The Hermitage

We invite all teachers and educators to view our Teacher Resources page, complete with pdf guides about several Jacksonian Era topics, field trip opportunities and a complete Teacher’s Guide to The Hermitage.

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