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Homeschool Days

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December 14

9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, TN 37076



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Join us this year for our 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! Below is the full schedule of events and descriptions of each day. For questions, please contact Amanda Gates at eadams@thehermitage.com or 615-889-2941 ex. 243.


Pricing: Adults $16, Children (18 and under) $9 and Family Pass (1 Adult + 3 Children) $40. 


December 14—Christmas at The Hermitage

Christmas in 1845 looked similar and different than Christmas today, no matter whether someone was slave or free. 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 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 at The Hermitage utilizes historic structures and objects and crafts and games to compare and contrast the Christmas celebrations, foods, and entertainments of the Jacksons and the enslaved community. Hot chocolate will be served!

March 22—Ralph E.W. Earl and His Nashville Museum

What makes a museum? Ralph E.W. Earl moved to Nashville to paint portraits of the great hero of the War of 1812 and decided to start a museum while he was here! His museum was a treasure trove of fossils, paintings, and interesting artifacts. Join us as we recreate Ralph E.W. Earl’s Nashville Museum by making portraits, mummies, and laying out their creations in museum fashion—with cases and text labels. Get some hands on experience as a curator, registrar, and interpreter!

May 31—Smell, Touch, & Taste Rachel Jackson’s Garden!

Engage your five senses as you explore The Hermitage’s beautiful garden! Learn about the culinary, medicinal, and beautiful uses of plant material in the gardens as you try out recipes, make medicines, do the laundry, and cultivate flowers and vegetables. Explore a garden typical of the enslaved community and learn more about nutrition and culture in their lives.