Hermitage Homeschool Days
Upcoming Hermitage 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 Sjobor Hammer at [email protected] or 615-889-2941 ex. 241.
Please note: Tickets for Homeschool Days must be purchased in advance.
November 18, 2022: Crop to Cloth: Cotton at The Hermitage – SOLD OUT
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!
Admission to Homeschool Days is $48 per family, per date. This price includes four family members (1 adult + 3 children), including those under the age of five. Additional admissions may be added for the discounted rate of $18/adult and $11/student. Additional children under five are free.
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.
The Hermitage also offers Hands on History programs for homeschool groups of 15 or more students. For more information on Homeschool Days or Hands on History programs, please email [email protected].Request a Class