Christmas at the Hermitage
In 1845, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage was home to nearly 160 people. For the Jacksons and their family and friends, Christmas was a time of elaborate meals, the exchange of small gifts and games and musical entertainment. For the enslaved people who lived here, Christmas marked an the end of the cotton harvest, an opportunity to visit with family and friends, celebrate occasions like marriage and receive tools, clothing and other supplies for the coming year. Christmas in 1845 looked both similar and different than Christmas today, no matter whether someone was enslaved or free. Join us as we explore holiday traditions across the plantation, with crafts, games and sweet treats!