Education Programs

Engaging educational opportunities to homeschoolers and scouting groups.

Homeschoolers & Scouts

The Hermitage offers fun and engaging educational opportunities to homeschoolers and scouting groups. Because Homeschool and Scout groups value independent learning and free-choice activities, we offer variations on our regular programs designed with you in mind.

Homeschool Days

From learning military drills to celebrating the holidays at The Hermitage, our Homeschool Days are full of interactive activities and learning opportunities for the whole family! For questions, please contact our Education Department or call 615-889-2941 ext. 241.

Homeschool Days are most suited for learners aged 3-10, but family members of all ages are welcome! Events are come-and-go from 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets include access to The Hermitage grounds, museum, film and educational activities. Mansion tours are only available with a ticket upgrade, subject to availability. Picnic space is available. Dogs are welcome on the grounds and are free to walk, run and play while leashed on our site. Please bring bags to dispose of pet waste. Advanced tickets are recommended but not required.

Admission & Schedule

Admission to Homeschool Days is $48 per family, per date. This price includes four family members (one adult + three children), including those under the age of 5. Additional admissions may be added for the discounted rate of $18/adult and $11/student. Additional children 0-5 years old are free.

  • September 16, 2022

    Happy Birthday to the Constitution!: The U.S. Constitution is the most important document for our nation. It tells us how our government is organized and what rules it must follow. The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. Celebrate with us today as we explore citizenship, rights and responsibilities, national symbols and so much more. During the program, we will all witness immigrants become citizens of the United States of America at the Naturalization Ceremony held by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

  • November 18, 2022

    Crop to Cloth: Cotton at The Hermitage: In the 1800s, cotton was king! It made the Jacksons a considerable amount of money, but it was hard to grow at The Hermitage and demanded hard work from the enslaved people. We will explore how cotton was produced and how it became America’s favorite fabric. Activities include dyeing, spinning and weaving and even math!

  • December 9, 2022

    Christmas at The Hermitage: Andrew Jackson’s plantation was home to two communities: the Jackson family and friends, as well as the enslaved people who worked for them. Each community celebrated the holiday season in their own unique ways. Join us as we explore Christmas traditions, compare and contrast décor, food, games and gifts, taste Jackson’s favorite holiday treats and make an ornament to take home.

  • February 17, 2023

    Making a Museum with Ralph E.W. Earl: Ralph E.W. Earl moved to Nashville to paint a portrait of the famous General Jackson. He married into the Jackson family and lived at The Hermitage. He opened the Nashville Museum of “natural history and curiosities.” Help us recreate Earl’s museum! Activities include portrait painting, mummy making, curating exhibitions and leading tours of our own museum.

  • April 7, 2023

    Creating a Fine Home: In Andrew Jackson’s time, rich families wanted their homes to look fancy and expensive without spending much money. Artists designed tricks to help them do that. There are secrets built right into the furniture,  the wallpaper and even the fireplaces. Join us as we try to master the techniques of the enslaved master craftsmen who built the Jacksons’ fine home. Wear clothing appropriate for art projects!

Scouting Groups

Any program can be reserved by a scouting group. Like K12 groups, we can bring a program to your troop or den, or you may visit us at The Hermitage. Scouts will receive a patch at the conclusion of their visit. More programs that specifically meet badge requirements are currently in development.

The Hermitage also offers Hands on History programs for Homeschool and Scouting groups of 15 or more students. For more information on Homeschool Days or Hands on History programs, contact us.

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Pricing

Groups under 15 Scouts
  • Scouts
    $11/scout
  • Adults
    $22/adult
  • Non-participating children ages 6-12
    $10/child
  • One free teacher/chaperone per ten Scouts
    Free

Pricing

Groups with more than 15 Scouts
  • Scouts
    $10/scout
  • Adults
    $22/adult
  • Non-participating children ages 6-12
    $10/child
  • One free teacher/chaperone per ten Scouts
    Free

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