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Andrew Jackson’s 249th Birthday

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March 15, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Andrew Jackson’s 249th Birthday

Tuesday, March 15

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Half-Price Admission

Join us to celebrate President Jackson’s 249th Birthday and receive half-price general admission for the day! The celebration will include the debut of The Hermitage’s new Kids’ Multimedia Tour, a state-of-the-art interactive tour option for kids and families. In addition, the day’s schedule will also include our annual wreath-laying ceremony with the Tennessee National Guard and guest speaker Jason Wiese at 11:00am at the Tomb, Cricket games on the lawn, “Jackson’s Revolutionary Roots” living history program featuring Revolutionary War soldiers, kids’ 18th-century lawn games and craft activities, and “How to Teach Jackson” workshop provided by our Director of Education. Lastly, a Jackson Movie Marathon, and complimentary birthday cake!

Official Debut of Kids’ Multimedia Tour

8:30 am

Join the Hermitage as we debut our new Kids’ Multimedia Tour! President Andrew Jackson will be first in line to receive a media unit to tour his home, and then the feature will henceforth be made available as an upgrade for all guests.

How to Teach Jackson

AJC Theatre

9:30 am – 10:30 am

The Education Department will be hosting a session on how to teach about the life and times of Andrew Jackson. In addition to offering valuable advice on how to approach this complex and controversial period in history, they will showcase available online resources as well as the wide variety of tools to use in experiencing The Hermitage – including our new Kids’ Multimedia Tour! Pre-registration is not required.

Pre-Ceremony Music

Hermitage Garden

10:30 am

Featuring Paul and Kim Caudell

Wreath-Laying Ceremony

Hermitage Garden

11:00 AM

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at Andrew and Rachel Jackson’s tomb in the Hermitage Garden. This annual ceremony will feature the Tennessee National Guard laying a wreath sent by the President of the Unites States, and special guest speaker.

Birthday Cake with President Jackson

Mansion Pathway

12:00 PM

In honor of the President’s special day, we will be offering guests a complimentary piece of birthday cake and glass of lemonade. Supplies are limited, so we will serve until the cake runs out.

“PLAY BALL!” 1815-Style

Behind the Mansion

10:00 am – 4:00 PM

What team sports did Americans play during Andrew Jackson’s lifetime, a time when there was no football, basketball, or even baseball as we know it? Cricket, of course! An old English game, cricket was brought across the Atlantic during the colonial era and continued to be played by Americans during much of the early 19th century. Join in as cricket player and national expert Tom Melville teaches visitors how to play! The informal games will be run on an hourly basis and are open to all. Absolutely no experience required! So come and discover what “play ball’ meant to Americans during the Jacksonian Era!

Jackson’s Revolutionary Roots

Education Building

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Learn all about President Jackson’s childhood experiences during the American Revolution and the pastimes he would have enjoyed as a young boy in the Carolina backwoods! Featuring Revolutionary War Soldiers, crafts, and lawn games suitable for all ages.

Jackson Movie Marathon

AJC Theatre

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

11:00 – 1:00 The Buccaneer (1938)

Cecil B. DeMille’s 1st production of this War of 1812 story, featuring Fredric March as Jean Lafitte and Hugh Sothern as Andrew Jackson.

1:00 – 3:00 The President’s Lady (1953)

Released in 1953 featuring Charlton Heston & Susan Hayward, the film is a romanticized interpretation of Andrew and Rachel’s story

3:00 – 5:00 The Buccaneer (1958)

Cecil B. DeMille’s 2nd production, opened in 1958 featuring Charlton Heston as Jackson and Yul Brynner as Jean Lafitte.